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“I would die for you before I would deny you!”
On its own this bold statement that Peter made to Jesus seems commendable. It seems self-sacrificing.
Until you realize that it is a direct response to a Word from Christ. He had just said: “you will leave me.”
Peter just as well should have responded “You don’t know what you’re talking about Jesus. You don’t know me. And apparently you don’t know the future.”
Have you ever given that type of a response to Jesus? One in which you refuse to acknowledge Him as all knowing?
If you’re denying His will for your life you are communicating to Him that you don’t trust His plan, His provision.
Peter failed miserably when he went against our Lord. Learn from his mistake. Trust Jesus’ Word as infallible truth.
So often being submissive or obedient to another person is viewed as a weakness.
People that live this type of lifestyle are often perceived as spineless.
But within the most valuable relationships there is a person that must commit to following another’s lead.
“Children obey your parents…”
“Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands…”
The “submissiveness=spineless” theory is disturbing because it is contradictory to the Word.
When a person buys into that lie God’s design isn’t followed and relationships are destroyed.
When you came to Christ you had to humble yourself. God doesn’t ask us to humbly come to him so that he can make us a proud people. He asks us to come to him and then grows us in our humility, which will positively affect our relationships on earth.
This is a stark contrast to the belief system of the world.
But God’s Word is just, true and always good. It was given to us for our benefit. I pray that you live a life that follows after it. Even when it goes against what is socially accepted.
A Picture Perfect Family: Joseph, Mary and Jesus
Because each of them were obedient to God’s will.
A picture perfect family is a family that understands the importance of God’s calling on their life and acts on it.
We read about God waking Joseph in the middle of the night to take his family and leave the land.
Then we read how he did the very thing God had commanded him to do. Mary followed God’s will in going with Joseph. And together they led their child, Jesus, down the road laid out before Him.
We don’t read about what they wore, their way of transportation, or the house they were going to be living in.
The perfectness came solely from their obedience to God.
You too are fully capable of being the picture perfect family that God has created you to be…recognize that “keeping up with the Jonses” isn’t what makes the perfect family picture. Being obedient to God is.
Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian were slayed by Gideon himself.
The people’s reaction?
Praise. Honor. Respect.
“Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.”
“The Lord shall rule over you.”
Gideon could’ve fallen prey to the flattery of the people. He could’ve become convinced that this great victory was of hisself. But he knew better than to let it go to his head. He knew that God was the one to receive the glory.
Flattery can humble or destroy a person’s character.
Be careful how you respond to it.
I Peter 5:3
Every human is in need of a sacrifice to cleanse themselves from sin.
Jesus’ blood is the pure, unblemished and holy sacrifice that is capable of doing that.
Only Jesus’ blood.
So if we, as Christians, are covered by the same exact blood why do some perceive that they are more righteous than others?
All of our righteousness was as filthy rags. Jesus blood is the only washing that can take care of our sinful filth.
Your righteousness comes from Christ alone.
Don’t be proud, boastful, or haughty…without the blood you are lost.
Humble yourselves before The Lord and your fellow Christians. We’re in this together.
Queen Esther needed prayer. She was going before her husband, the king on behalf of her people, the Jews. She called upon them to pray for her.
The important thing to note here is that neither the queen nor the Jewish people allowed pride to stand in the way of their relationship.
Queen Esther could’ve thought herself too good to have to call upon the common Jewish people for prayer.
But she didn’t.
The people could’ve become jealous and turned on the queen. They could’ve decided that she was too good for their prayers.
But they didn’t.
The queen and the people didn’t allow their social statuses get in the way of their need for each others support.
Within the family of God there are many different people. Some are rich. Some are poor. Some are highly successful. Some are struggling. Some have been serving Jesus for decades others have just been reborn. No matter what their status each person can benefit from another Christians prayers. We are called to lift one another up, regardless of how well or poorly we think they might be doing. Pray for your fellow Christians. Don’t allow worldly success or failures affect your prayers.
God isn’t a respecter of persons. We shouldn’t be either.