Thursday, October 31, 2013

Forgiven, Restored and Used for Service

I talked about Jesus predicting Peter's denial on Tuesday, but today I want to talk about when he actually denied Jesus.

"But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him." "But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean." Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as was speaking the rooster crowed.  ~ Luke 22:55-60

Look at how a course of a few hours really changed Peter's life. According to my life application Bible, Peter's experience would change him from a halfhearted follower to a repentant disciple, and finally a person Christ could use to BUILD HIS CHURCH!

Wow! I think that is amazing. What Peter did was pretty bad, but with a repentant heart he was forgiven, restored and used for service.

In verse 57, he denied knowing Jesus
In verse 58, he denied being one of His followers
In verse 60, he denied even knowing what they were talking about

Peter's denial grew as he was questioned. He denied knowing Him until finally he didn't even know what they were talking about.

Like Peter, if we continue to leave sin unchecked, it has a way of growing.

We are human and can fall at any second. We need to be aware of our breaking point and not become OVER-CONFIDENT or SELF-SUFFICIENT.

We must be sure our full trust is in God and God alone. We are not strong enough within our self to do what God has called us to do. We must have His strength, His Word, His direction flowing through us. He must be the One guiding us. We can lead ourselves off course really quick.

We must remain humble and realize that it is ALL FOR HIS GLORY!

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