Wait Upon the Lord

Believers hear ‘wait upon the Lord’ all the time. It’s a catch phrase among Christians…another way of saying, have patience. I can tell you mine is wearing thin. I suppose it’s my own fault. I prayed, ‘Lord, please give me patience as we wait to find the perfect property.’ I’ve spent time looking at homes and land only to find those we like already under contract or finding one only to find something wrong that puts up a road block. This has happened four times now. That’s not counting the properties that look great and end up being dumps.

The property we are seeking is our own personal sanctuary. We know it’s out there, we just haven’t found it yet. We want no less than ten acres, though Bob would like at least twenty or more. We would like some kind of water…a pond, creek or both. Water is always a good thing to have. Pastures would be great with fences being even better. A nice house would be nice, but a good piece of land is more important. We are beginning to believe building our own ranch from scratch will be to our advantage. This would allow us to get us what we want without some of the fancy things many people have today.

I have shared in Flee to the Mountains, the first book in my series, our vision of our Sanctuary Ranch. My characters had to wait upon the Lord, just as we are. Unlike my fictional George Hamilton, most people in the real world share the same problem, money. We are not wealthy. In our own power, a ranch to support hundreds is not possible. Though I keep reminding myself: All things are possible with God.

Yet, maybe things are meant to happen in a different way, so we do what we can. So we continue our search for our own place of refuge. In the meantime, we gather with like-minded people in our area, sharing ideas and skills. Those who know about farming teach others. The same goes for  gardening, sewing, canning and anything else we will need to learn to survive dark days. We make plans to co-op establish a mean of security. We may not live on a single ranch, but we can work together for the good of all in our neighborhoods.

We encourage you to do what you can to prepare for the difficult times ahead. You may not be able to sell your house or maybe you rent a home or apartment, but do what you can where you are. You can help with a community garden or establish one if there isn’t one close by.

Just as we are waiting upon the Lord, you wait on Him as well. He will direct all our paths.

Pray and Fast

There are many Bible verses that encourage believers to pray and fast. I would venture to say there are only a few who follow this practice today. The idea of giving up food or some other activity for a day or two and focusing on God seems silly to the world. But it will help Believers to align ourselves with God. It’s an act of humbling ourselves and seekingPraying Hands (89x125) God’s will in a certain situation. It brings a new dimension to our spiritual life.

I shared not long ago, we put our house on the market. We felt it was time to get serious about selling and moving to a larger piece of land. We only have a half-acre and feel we will need more land if things get bad. So the sign went up, and the waiting began. Months later, we have a buyer and will close September 1st. That accomplished, we have been looking for property…to my great frustration. So that you know, my husband is rock solid. He patiently waited for a buyer, while I was antsy. And since we have been searching for the right property, again he is laid back and I…well you know.

Seeking God’s will, we decided to pray and fast. We stopped eating after our meal Sunday afternoon. It helped me settle and wait on the Lord. Something I was having difficulty doing. Peace flowed over me, I knew God has our back.

We had an appointment to see a house on twenty acres. It was a nice property and we decided to make a full price offer since there were others looking at the property also.

We fasted until Tuesday after we signed the offer papers. We broke our fast with the final prayer, “God if this is the place for us, let everything go smoothly. If not, please close the door in a manner we will know you don’t want us to go through with this.”

Later that day, we got our answer. Since our offer was contingent to our closing, the seller wanted a higher than usual earnest money, $25,000. They felt if they had to move and then our sale fell through, they wanted compensation. So they would accept our offer only if they could keep our earnest money if anything went wrong with the sale of our house. We would get nothing back. Great for the seller…very bad for us.

We have no control over whether anything will go wrong with our sale. Gambling in this manner would be foolhardy at the very least. We want to be good stewards of the money God has given us. As a result, we could not accept this counter from the seller. More importantly, we believe God was closing the door. He did not want us to purchase this property.

We share this to help you see how God can and will help when we ask him. We don’t know why God closed this door, but since he did, we will look elsewhere.

It is more important than ever we seek God, and a great way to do that is through prayer and fasting. As the days become darker, we will need His direction and guidance more and more. We encourage you, set aside time to pray and fast. You can fast food like we did, or something else like television or some other activity. The important thing is, humble yourself before our Father in Heaven, turn your thoughts toward Him and seek His will, and He will direct your path.

P.S.: Since I wrote this blog, two days have passed. The sellers of the property came back with a letter of apology and an acceptance of our offer without the request for the higher earnest money. However, we still believed God closed this door and decided not to move forward with the purchase.

This morning we wrote a quick note to the sellers explaining our decision. I shared with them what I told you in the beginning of this post. Tonight, they called. They did not try to get us to change our minds, they simply wanted to share they too are Believers and explain what happened from their side.

Their real estate agent already had the counter offer written up when they got to his office without consulting them first. Both felt a check in their spirit at the increase in earnest money and even questioned it. But instead of asking the agent to remove the request, they felt hurried and pushed, so they let it stand. They acknowledged they did not take the time to pray as they should have. They wanted us to know they understood our stand and share their hearts. The next day, we called and invited them over. A spirit of unity and understanding covered our visit.

This is how Believers should be with one another. Even though we are not moving forward, they were humble and gracious…as we were with them.

We all learned a great lesson. We must take time to seek God in all things no matter the circumstances. If our spirit feels uneasy, we must stop, bow before our Lord and seek His will. No amount of rushing or pushing should change that…ever. And even when things don’t always turn out the way we expect, God will bring harmony and peace to His people when they are willing to follow His path.

Balance

Balance is important in our lives. Our focus is grabbed by family, friends, job, free time, sports, recreation, and vacation. All can pull our attention from more important things. Our lives are busy. In some cases, this can lead to problems, burnout, physical difficulties, family troubles and spiritual burnout or deficiency. We need to prioritize the important people and matters, focus our attention there, while balancing it all.

Jesus should be first in our lives. I love the Lord, and I’m devoted to doing his will. But I’ll admit there have been times, family or work crept in front of my Lord (much to my regret and shame). Everyone can see the wickedness growing around the world, including here in the United States. It’s easy to take our eyes off Jesus and allow the worries and trials to overwhelm us. If this happens, refocus and direct your thoughts and actions where they belong…on our faith in Jesus and his love for us. We need his strength and direction to navigate the trials we confront. Some battles we must avoid, others we should face head on. The reality is, we need Jesus’ wisdom to confirm when to stand firm and when to retreat.

Family is second on the list. Husbands and wives need to remember their marriage vows: ‘to death do you part.’ This means you need to put your spouse first before children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, or anyone else except Jesus. We encourage you to continue to date, find time to cherish one another. Next, your kids…even adult children need your attention. Your church family and friend follow the priority of your family.

Work/Job takes a significant portion of time and the money it supplies funds everything else. Your best efforts honor God. It is a testimony of love when others know of your faith and see you diligently doing your job. We caution against being a workaholic. It is a result of an unbalanced life. There are more important things in life than work and money.

Church activities are valuable, but family comes first. Many times they go hand in hand, but never allow these programs to overtake your life. Our service to the Lord, study of his word are extremely important, but again balance is vital.

Recreation and downtime cannot be ignored. Everyone needs time off to recharge their energy and enjoy life. Vacations hold some of our fondest memories.

As preppers, we have a long list of preparations that pull our attention from other pursuits. Survival strategy, self-reliance, living off the grid, and learning gardening, canning and food storage skills…all require time to learn and implement. Meeting and working with likeminded people to establish a pre-event plan for what could happen and what to do after it takes place is important as well. All of this is imperative, however, preparing our hearts and minds for the evil times and learning to rely on Jesus, must head the list.

Balance is the key in this faith journey we are traveling. Keep your life on plumb, it makes life go much smoother.

Declaration of Independence

Our Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light or transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shew that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for the future security.

These words marked the beginning of the United States of America. The majority of men, who fought to establish this nation, held deep seeded faith in their Creator. Judeo-Christian values influenced the process from the tiny seed of hope for a new nation, through the declaration of Independence, and the war fought to achieve their goal. Through the years, many men fought and died to preserve our freedom…for God and country.

At one time, God and his word were taught in our schools. Now Bibles have been removed, prayer banned, and any mention of God is challenged. Once the Ten Commandments were the corner-stone of our justice system. Now they’ve been removed from public display and stripped of their importance. There was a time, when running for public office, the person must be an honorable Christian man held in high esteem. Now, the character of a man or woman running for office matters little.

Our nation began with freedom of religion. Citizens lived their lives in service to God and country. People worshiped Him in whatever way they choose and others respected the right, even those who did not have faith. Today, it has turned to freedom from religion. People of faith are scorned, belittled, and criticized. Where our Christian faith was once celebrated and encouraged, we are now under attack from educational institutions, liberal groups, and even government.

Our nation has changed. Our truths are no longer self-evident. Many do not believe all men are created equal, and it is no longer accepted our Creator endowed us with anything. The unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are now entitlements given by government. For many government is their god.

For years, our nation received the blessing of God. Many believe the blessing has been removed as our country moved further and further from Him. However, even if He has removed it from our nation, He will always bless His faithful.

Please join us in praying for our country. Our only hope for the future of the United States of America is to turn back to our roots….God our Creator. Without a return to God in this nation, we will continue down the path to destruction.

Doubts

If there is doubt, there is no doubt at all. What does this mean to you? For me, it means if you question, you can be certain. Doubt is not a bad thing. It creates the need to seek, explore, study and verify. As a Believer, the more we do search the Bible for truth and experience God’s love and care, the less we doubt.

The world’s modern thinking and philosophies can fill us with doubt as well. Believers are mocked, ridiculed, and discredited whenever possible. We are called intolerant, ignorant, and simple-minded. If our faith is not strong and well thought emoticonestablished, it would be easy for these attitudes to sway our thinking. Their lack of faith can lead to our increased doubt if we allow it.

When bad things happen: illness, death, loss of job, divorce, (you name it), any of these can cause doubt. We have to remember we live in a fallen world. Bad things happen all the time. Our faith makes the difference in how we deal with it. God is NOT the author of evil but will work in the situation to turn things around for our good. If we accept this truth, God will be a great comfort when we turn to him for help.

Satan likes to muddle our thinking hoping we doubt our faith, the existence of God, and the saving grace of Jesus. In reality, we should be honored that he does that. If we weren’t making a difference in the world, he wouldn’t be as interested in pulling us off course.

God understands our doubt. Look at Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples. He said he would not believe Jesus rose from the dead unless he saw for himself. (Passage below) We all have that mindset from time to time. Other times, our faith is solid as a rock, and there is no question.

There will be times you will have doubts about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and your faith in them. Don’t let that trip you up. God is real. Jesus did come to earth, lived a holy life, died on the cross, and rose again. After Jesus had ascended to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt.

John 20:24-29 (NKJV)
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”
27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at my hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, we honor our Dads today, in our annual remembrance of the men, who have been important in the foundations of our lives. Dads come in all sizes, emotional makeup, and vary in how much they affect our lives. Some are wonderfulFathers role models; others are drunkards. Many are loving and kind; a few are ogres. All are human, therefore, subject to mistakes.

My Dad and Bob’s dad are good men. They did their best to raise us to be responsible and reliable citizens and adults, as Bob has done for our children. They did the best they knew how. We learned a great deal about life from our dads too. Some things we chose not to emulate, others we did. But both hold a very special place in our hearts.

As a child, my emotions ran high when decisions were made for me. Usually, I accepted whatever my parents wanted whether I liked their direction or not. Looking back with adult eyes, I can see they simply did their best to protect and guide me…in their love for me. For that, I am grateful.

We cannot let Father’s Day pass without acknowledging Father God. His love is beyond our understanding. When we accept His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior, we are adopted by God, and he becomes our Heavenly Father. As such, he wants the best for us. Many times, we see things only from our perspective since we have a limited view of events. God stands outside time and can pinpoint each outcome before it happens. As a result, he, tugs or pushes us in a certain direction, gives us a stern warning, closes doors, and put up road blocks. As with all things, we have free will to follow or not. We can circumvent these and go our way, usually to our great regret. Or follow and find peace.

For those who didn’t have a dad involved in your life, or a poor or even terrible dad, please, do not equate your dad with Father God. They are very different. Our Heavenly Father loves us with an unending love, unlike anything we can understand with our human minds. Even the best of dads cannot compare. Imagine sending your only son to die in place of others, so that all might live. That is what Father God did when he sent his only son, Jesus to earth to die in our place. I don’t know any dad who would do that. God did raise Jesus from the dead, but I can’t fathom the anguish he went through watching Jesus suffer knowing he was innocent.

Celebrate your dad, today. Give him your respect, gratitude and forgiveness (if needed). And rejoice that we have a Heavenly Father, who loves us, wants the best for us and has great patience with us.

Romans 8:15-17 (NKJV)
15  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
16  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
17  and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Luke 22:36

In our world today, many Christians accept the lie, we must turn the other cheek in all circumstances. We disagree. We do not believe following Jesus means: roll over and play dead; give in and allow others to trample on you. Jesus makes it clear, there will be persecution. The world hates him and it will hate us. They will do what they can to make our lives miserable, even to the extent of harming or killing us. I believe this is why, in Luke 22:36, Jesus told his disciples to carry a sword. In doing so, he gave them permission to defend themselves…for us to protect ourselves and others. The key word is defend.

I know many will dispute my logic. They argue Jesus is the Prince of Peace. But I believe, Jesus brought peace between Father God and man, not peace to an evil, strife filled world. This will not happen until Jesus rules and reigns on the earth after he comes again. In the meantime, we can walk in peace, as much as is possible, as much as we are allowed. However, when others mean to bring harm, I have no problem defending myself and I believe Jesus expects us too.

As the days become darker and more evil, each person…each family must work out this for themselves. I encourage you to consider the consequences of non-action. We have discussed the lawlessness that could transpire when things deteriorate. Now is the time to decide, turn the other cheek and allow others to steal or harm you, your family and friends or stand and protect what’s yours.

Luke 22:35-38 (NKJV)
35  And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”
36  Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
37  For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38  So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”

 

Moving Forward 2

Moving forward spiritually is extremely important. A close second are physical preparations. The focus of this blog is preparation, and we tend to emphasis the spiritual side. Today, we want to encourage your physical need to prepare for whatever may come in the future.

I have shared my struggle in selling the home I believed we would retire in. It is for sale now and hope to have a buyer this summer. Letting go was difficult, but essential to our preparations. We plan to purchase as much acreage as we can afford. We need room for a large vegetable garden, including fruit trees and greenhouse. A field for a cow or buffalo would be good too. A house, barn for hay storage, equipment and repairs is also on the list. The biggest question, can we afford it all or will we have to build as we can?

Bob wants to go immediately off grid…or close to it. His research centers on electric generation with wind and possibly solar. We hope to find a property with a stream he can put a hydro generator in as well. He’s looking at the difference between the efficiency of wood burning stoves and boilers. The stoves heat less area, with possible cold spots in the house, but use a lot less wood.

We plan to build a summer kitchen. It will have an old-fashioned wood burning stove top and oven. We can use this to can all our vegetables and if needed cook our meals as well. The summer kitchen removes the heat from your house when air conditioning may not be available. Also, it keeps the mess outside.

We have already started purchasing heirloom seeds. For those who do not know, most seeds you buy today are hybrids. They are sterile. Meaning after they produce a single crop, all seeds that year’s crop provide will not grow. This is done deliberately. Those who engineer these seeds want to control our ability to grow our food and purchase all our seeds from them. Buying heirloom seeds does two things for you. First, you can harvest seeds from them and plant the next year. Second, if things go bad, you can barter with them. Everyone needs to eat, and these seeds will be almost as good as gold, at least to us regular people. The seeds must be stored in a cool, dark and dry place for best results in the future.

I can’t stress enough…start buying canning jars and lidsNOW. Do the math. If you have a family of four and must can all your winter food, how many jars will it take? In the old days, it totaled nearly 1000 per year. If transportation goes down, how will you get enough jars then? Reusable canning lids are important as well. You can start small and buy one case a week or month if that’s all you can afford. But starting is what’s important at this point.

We are also storing toilet paper, any dried foods like rice, flour, sugar, potatoes, spices, noodles, etc. Be sure to rotate your stock as you purchase it.

We have purchased a good mixer with attachments, a wheat grinder, and food processor. I visited a small Amish shop and purchased a few hand kitchen tools as well. Garden tools: hoes, rakes, shovels, and hoses, along with saws, axes, and wedges for cutting firewood. Chainsaws are good too, but be sure to have the manual equipment for a time when you may not be able to get fuel.

A good medical kit is a must. We purchased a Medic field kit and added clotting sponges and butterflies to the bag. There is a shelf life to most medications, but it is better to have something that is not as strong as it should be than none at all. As long as it does not go bad, I would have some on hand. You can also add medicinal herbs to your garden. I plan to consult with a medical doctor to see if we missed anything and you can as well.

How to books are another good thing to have. We certainly do not know everything there is to know, so we are expanding our library to include building, gardening, medical, and repairing manuals. I have numerous cookbooks dated from the 1800’s as well. These have great recipes and tips.

The point, begin somewhere, even if it is as small as a couple of packets of heirloomlist seeds. It’s better to do even small things than nothing at all. I suggest you make a list of those things your budget can afford. Check them off as you achieve them.

What are you preparing? Have you started? If you have any suggestions or websites that have been helpful, please add them in a comment or email them to us at: bobdonna@fleetothemountains.com   We need to begin to help one another to put together a good list of resources we can share with others.

Final thought: We want to thank each of you for reading our blog. We now have 3500 weekly subscribers. We are here to bring God glory and encourage you in your preparations. Please share Flee to the Mountains Blog with anyone you believe will benefit from it. Thanks again for reading.    B+D

Moving Forward

If you aren’t moving forward, you’re moving back. We start at a crawl, pull ourselves up, and learn to walk. From there we can skip, jog, jump, shuffle, stagger, swagger, push, shift, or dance through life. Each new day brings a new challenge or chance footsteps 02to grow.

Our spiritual life is the same. Once we accept the saving grace of Jesus, if we do not move forward in our faith and understanding, it’s possible to lose ground. As we have said before, faith is like a muscle. If we do not flex the force of our beliefs, it will become flabby. In this condition, we can be easily misled or deceived. Since our lives are constantly progressing, if we do not move in a Godly direction, we will move toward the world. And that leads to spiritual death.

Key components to moving forward in God are: Faith, understanding, application, share, and disciple.

Jesus creates the foundation for our faith. We build our life on the Savior. Faith supports our willingness to do his will.

Once our foundation is established, understanding and application in the areas of increased faith, love, hope, forgiveness, compassion, and encouragement for others, expands our helpfulness to our Lord. As we reflect his love in greater measure, the more he can use us to help and encourage others. Remember, our main purpose on this earth is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To spread his love to a lost and dying world.

Sharing our faith is an extension of understanding and application. When we totally grasp the love Jesus has for us, we want to share that love with others. We want them to know the peace, joy and love we have received.

The final step is to disciple others. It is not enough to just share our faith. We must help others understand the foundations of our beliefs and how to walk in that faith in a world hostile to Jesus. I would venture to say, within the Christian community, this is where we fail the most. Once a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, they need to learn about him, what he did on this earth, and why.

His mission: To show the world who Father God is and how much he loves us. Jesus went on to reconcile all, who accept him as Lord and Savior, to Father God through the redemption of sin (taking the sins of the world upon himself through his death on the cross). He then broke the chains of sin and death, before he rose from the grave and then returned to heaven to sit on God’s right side. Now, it is our task to share what Jesus has done for this lost and dying world.

Jesus did not leave us here to work alone. He sent the Holy Spirit to live within each of us (Believers). The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to discern, understand and share his love with others. We must learn to hear the Holy Spirit when he guides or directs us…that wee small voice that conveys what God wants us to do. Once we get a handle on our calling as a Believer, we must step out in faith, learn about Jesus, apply his words to our lives, share his love, compassion and forgiveness, and disciple those God brings into our lives.

What happens if you deny Jesus?

In the dark future we face, what happens if you deny Jesus? What if we are given a choice, deny our Lord or watch those we love die? Or are killed yourself? Do you comply? Or not?

We have written about this subject before, but I heard a Bible study this week, it got me thinking about these questions again.  Remember the verses when Peter denies Jesus three times? (The full account is below if you are unfamiliar with them.) At Passover, Jesus and his disciples are having the Passover meal. Jesus tells Peter he will deny Jesus three times before morning. Peter refuses to believe, in fact, he rejects the words.

Peter does exactly what Jesus said he would. He denies Jesus three times. When Jesus arises from the dead, he seeks Peter to show his love and forgiveness. This is what I want to point out. Jesus will always forgive us when we go to him with a repentant heart…no matter what we have done. Now back to our verses.

First, Jesus said Satan was behind Peter’s temptation and he would pray for Peter, that his faith would not fail. Then he said ‘when you have returned to Me.’ Most likely, Satan whispered in the minds of those who asked Peter if he knew Jesus, to do so. Sure enough, Peter stumbled, but what was in his heart? The next verses tell us…he went off by himself and wept bitterly. I would venture to say, his sorrow crushed him, he loved Jesus and always would. So he asked for forgiveness.

Why is all of this important to us? Because when the horrible, dark times come, we too may be tempted to deny Jesus. If Peter can fail, so can we.

Consider: Someone has a gun pointed at your wife’s, husband’s or child’s head ready to kill them and all they require is you deny Jesus. Do you say the words that will release them or …?

In conversations with other Believers, the opinions run the gamut. Some say, deny Jesus and you’re lost forever. Others, just let them kill you and your family, you’ll go to heaven anyway, so there’s no reason to deny your Lord. The last group believes we can say what we need to because Jesus knows our heart and we must do what’s required to preserve our lives.

We must remember, Peter was forgiven and so can we. Where there’s life, there’s hope. But Satan is a formidable enemy. We cannot under-estimate his abilities and strategies. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy. He will do whatever it takes to pull us down to defeat, because when we’re down, we are easier to stomp on and we are a smaller threat. It’s important to work this out in our hearts before the evil arrives. The better prepared our hearts are, the less chance of failure and the firmer our faith.

 

Luke 22:31-34 (NKJV)
31  And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
32  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
33  But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
34  Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

Luke 22:54-62 (NKJV)
54  Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance.
55  Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56  And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”
57  But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”
58  And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
59  Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
60  But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61  And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
62  So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

John 21:15-22 (NKJV) (Note: this is after Jesus arose from the dead and is spending time with his disciples)
15  So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16  He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
18  Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”
19  This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”
20  Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”
21  Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
22  Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”