John 21:18-19

God’s Word is Living and Practical


John 21:18-19 truly truly I say to you when you were younger you used to gird yourself and walk where ever you wished but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you and bring you where you do not wish to go now this He said signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God and when He had spoken this He said to him follow me this was a word that Yeshua gave to Peter the word of God is practical and the word of God is powerful and we need to realize that it’s living, it’s practical so here was a word that Yeshua gave to Peter He said you’re going to die when you’re old and you can no longer gird yourself you can’t put on your own shoes you can’t put on your own clothes and that’s how you know when you’re going to die that’s what Yeshua told him now let’s turn over to Acts 12 here’s a very very interesting thing because now we fast forward and here we are in the days of Jerusalem James has just been killed by Herod that’s not a good thing and Herod is threatening to kill Peter and he puts him in prison in verse 2 and he had James the brother of John put to death with the sword and when he saw that it pleased the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also now it was during the days of unleavened bread when he had seized him and he put him in prison delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people so Peter was kept in prison but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God so they actually killed James they arrested Peter and Herod said I’m going to kill you just like I did James that would be a little worrisome a little fearful, wouldn’t it he was in prison Herod actually killed James and he says I’m going to kill you too right after Passover now on verse 6 on the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward Peter was sleeping can you imagine sleeping wouldn’t you be a little worried they’re going to bring me forward and kill me tomorrow Peter isn’t worried he’s sleeping you know why he had the word of the LORD from Yeshua he had what Yeshua had said to him Peter was sleeping between two soldiers bound with two chains and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison so Herod says tomorrow I’m going to kill you Peter isn’t worried, why because he knows it’s not going to happen why because Yeshua gave him a word about when he would die verse 7 and behold an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying get up quickly and his chains fell off his hands now listen to what this angel says I mean this is astounding the angel said to him, to Peter gird yourself and put on your sandals remember what Yeshua said when it’s time for you to die you will not be able to gird yourself someone else will have to gird you and take you where you do not want to go what does the angel say gird yourself and put on your sandals why does he say that reminding Peter of the word of the LORD the word that came to him that said when it’s your time to die you won’t be able to gird yourself that time is not now because you can still gird yourself so the angel uses those very words that are the opposite of what Yeshua said would happen when it was his time to die so the angel said to him gird yourself put on your sandals he did so and he said to him wrap your cloak around you and follow me and the angel leads him out of the prison I mean that is just an astounding thing what we need to know is that when the LORD gives a word you can count on that word it’s 100% certain you just need to know the word of the LORD what is the LORD saying if you know what the LORD has said you know what the LORD is going to do and see even thought Herod said I’m going to kill you Peter didn’t believe him because the LORD said you’ll die when you’re old and you can’t gird yourself well he’s still young and he can gird himself so he knows it’s not now so here’s my question what words has God given to you the Holy Spirit is speaking to me right now there’s somebody God has given you a word that you will have children a young couple you will have children and you’ve tried and tried and tried, have not have been able to have children the LORD gave you a word and I confirm that God will prosper the fruit of your womb you will have children that’s for somebody today the word of the LORD I’m not telling you that I’m just confirming something God already spoke to you that’s a word that the LORD gave you don’t let go of it grab hold of it stand on it believe God to do exactly what He said he would do but what word has God given you today just think for a moment LORD what word have you given me a word for my business a word for my finances for my family for my marriage for my children the LORD will bring to pass His word don’t you let go of it you fight for the word that the LORD has given you and you can expect God to fulfill exactly what He said God bless you


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