It Must Have Been Difficult
Have you ever stopped to think about how Paul must have felt as he was in prison and facing possible execution. Those on whom he should have been able to depend on for help and support had forsaken him.
2 Timothy 1:15-16 KJV
This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.  The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2 Timothy 4:16-18 KJV
At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
But Paul knew that God was with him, stood by him, strengthened him and would preserve him unto his heavenly kingdom.
With that assurance he could face whatever he encountered.
After so many years of work and toil, caring for the lost and the saved, it must have been hard for him to come to the closing days of his service and seem to have to stand alone. He prayed for those who had neglected him and did not want God to hold it to their charge.
Can you find a more noble spirit than that manifested by Paul?
Nonetheless, his heart must have ached in disappointment and sadness to feel all had forsaken him and none stood with him in his final days.
1) Money will buy amusement but not joy.
2) Money can buy luxuries but not culture.
3) Money can buy medicine but not health.
4) Money can buy a house but not a home.
5) Money will buy finery but not beauty.
6) Money can buy food but not an appetite.
7) Money can buy books and education but not brains.
8) Money can buy a bed but not sleep.
9) Money can buy a crucifix but not a Saviour.
10) Money can buy a Church pew but not Heaven.
What money can’t buy, Jesus Christ can give you freely without charge.
Revelation 21:6 KJV
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:17 KJV
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour ?
If not you can get a new lease on life right now this instant.
Confess to God that you have sinned against Him and that you want to repent and turn from your sins to receive Jesus as Lord of your life. Through that step of believing faith you can start life afresh with your sins forgiven and a new life in Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:9 KJV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Proverbs 3:1-9 KJV
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord , and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
Romans 6:11-13 KJV
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
BY AND THROUGH THE RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ returns to His Father.
Jesus will establish His Kingdom.
Jesus has completed His work on earth given to Him by His Father.
Jesus Father is God not Joseph. The Trinity. Three into one God.
Acts 1:9-11 KJV
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Mark 16:19 KJV
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Luke 24:46-53 KJV
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And ye are witnesses of these things.  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:  And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
Acts 1:2-5 KJV
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:  And, being assembled together with them , commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he , ye have heard of me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Ephesians 4:7-15 KJV
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
1 Timothy 3:16 KJV
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Hebrews 9:24 KJV
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
1 Peter 3:22 KJV
Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Revelation 12:5 KJV
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Psalm 84:10-12 KJV
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE END OF THE WICKED, EVIL, AND UNGODLY.
DO YOU CARE OR ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE EVIL, WICKED, AND LOST PEOPLE ALL AROUND YOU WHO ARE ON THEIR WAY TO HELL, AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT ?
Psalm 1:1-6 KJV
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
Psalm 37:1-40 NKJV
Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.
 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret-it only causes harm.
 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.
 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
 But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
 The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth.
 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.
 The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.
 Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.
 A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.
 The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.
 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
 But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the LORD, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.
 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.
 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
 The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.
 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.
 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.
 The wicked watches the righteous, And seeks to slay him.
 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged.
 Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
 I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.
 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.
 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.