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The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 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. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 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. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

Acts 1:1-12

Disappointment creates a sense of paralysis that not only frustrates us and our view of our outcomes but also when internalized, we question our ability to achieve and the worthwhile value of what we believe should be.  Whatever your outcome, it cannot be divorced from your every day walking around experiences, however, your every day walking around experiences cannot be the sole factor for your achieving your outcome.  Each and every life experience must be perceived and received as building blocks, the good and the bad, the Get Up incentives for you to Open Up Your Way to your expected end, God’s promises for your life and life more abundantly.  Luke, the author of Acts, sets forth a treatise that builds upon the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, even though the disciples as well as a new convert could easily be disappointed because the outcome was not how they expected, yet the story is not over.  However, Luke chooses to see Christ’s experiences as building blocks, encouraging his readers to Get Up and Open Up The Way.  Disappointment of where you are is not the end result but instead, the driving factor for you to access your inner strength and abilities, choosing to believe and by your passion, urgency, and conviction to make your outcome, your Word flesh, real in your life.


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