Monday, 19 October 2015

DENIALS

Matthew 26:69-75 NKJV

 69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” (soft denial, nothing attached)
 71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who  were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
 72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” (strong denial, with an oath)
 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
 74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”  (a very srong denial, accompanied with curse and swear.) Immediately a rooster crowed.
 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

  Earlier in the evening Jesus predicted that He will be taken and the disciples will be scattered but Peter said, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus then affirm what He was telling them by telling Peter that he will deny Him three times before the rooster crows. Peter was just too confident at that moment to the extent that he said "Even if I have to die with you, I will not deny you!" Matthew 26:33-35 NKJV

  There is a very great lesson I was able to obtain from these bible verses. Most of the times, just like Peter, most of us are very confident that come rain or sunshine, we will never deny our faith and what we believe but when we are out of our comfort zone and we are faced with trials then we deny our Faith (with oaths, curses and swearing).

  Peter couldn't do this, but we can all do this; we need to pray and seek the face of the Lord to strengthen us to be able to hold on fast to our Faith and our trust in Him whenever we are out of our comfort zones and we are faced with trials.

PRAYER
dear Lord we humble ourselves before you this hour to seek your face concerning our Faith. We are weak oh Lord because we are simply flesh and blood but you are strong and mighty because you are Divine. Father please come and strengthen our Faith and our trust in you.

Do not let us be faced with trials and temptation that will make us deny you. By our power and our strength we cannot do this but we ask for your Holy Spirit to help us.

In Jesus name we pray.
Amen


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