• When Average Men Follow Christ

    From Spiffwiggler@VERT/NEXXUS1 to All on Saturday, April 12, 2008 06:59:15
    When Average Men Follow Christ
    By Francis Frangipane

    Before we doubt whether we are the caliber of the first disciples,
    here is a fact sheet compiled from over 200 New Testament Scriptures concerning those whom Jesus first called.

    THE DISCIPLES... came to Christ, believed in Him, followed Him.

    dined with Him, often became hungry, often didn't have time to eat,
    twice fed the multitudes.

    received special authority to heal and deliver, became Jesus' confidants,
    were often rebuked and corrected, were entrusted with the mysteries of
    God's Kingdom.

    did what was not lawful on the Sabbath, broke the traditions of the elders, entered the Kingdom of God and walked in God's power.

    were frightened, fell on their faces, were much afraid, were very astonished, they marveled, they were indignant and they rejoiced.

    became weary on a number of occasions, grumbled and withdrew, some stopped walking with Jesus; even after the resurrection some still doubted, they wrote the New Testament and died for their faith.

    were taught to pray for the Kingdom to come and for laborers for the harvest, yet slept while Jesus prayed; they spent ten days in continuous prayer before Pentecost, and prayed corporately every day afterward at 3:00 p.m..

    forgot provisions, made commitments they could not keep, individuals begged them to heal people they could not heal, they attempted to exorcise demons that would not leave, they rebuked parents bringing children to be blessed, abandoned Jesus in His deepest need, they were frequently jealous and ambitious,
    and they turned the world upside down after the resurrection.

    had a tendency to invent doctrines, tried to command fire to fall on the Samaritans,
    put a limit on how many times to forgive, presumed John would not die, wanted to
    build tabernacles for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, became the tabernacle of God on earth
    after Pentecost.

    prepared cities for the arrival of Jesus, prepared the Passover for the last supper,
    and were prepared by God to represent Christ; ultimately, they were prepared to die
    for the Lord.

    remembered what Jesus taught, received the great commission, faced terrible opposition
    from principalities and powers, Jews and Gentiles, yet they made disciples of all nations.

    Let us read the words of Christ as though we were sitting as Jesus’ feet learning. What
    did Jesus say concerning love, spiritual authority, or the power of faith? It is time to
    not be overwhelmed by our flaws and weaknesses. Rather, let us obey all Jesus taught and
    be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, even as His first disciples were.

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    Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations
    were taken from the NASB.
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