FROM COWARD TO COURAGE

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Looking at the character and person of Simon Peter, I believe we can learn a lot about facing the impossible – or better yet, facing ourselves – our fear.

Human nature, by default, loves acceptance.

But what happens when the need for acceptance means joining the crowd? Especially when the crowd is in error?

Peter exhibits what we’re prone to do at the exact moment Jesus is facing judgment from the Jews before he was committed to death on the cross.

Just as Peter was watching this happen, he was being asked to identify himself as a follower of Christ.

So, let’s get this straight.

At the exact moment Jesus was being smitten and spat upon, you mean people wanted Peter to align himself with Jesus?

That’s just the way it is.

And what Peter did is what most of us do.

He denied he even knew Jesus!

Jesus had prophesied that Peter would deny him. But Peter promised he would never do such a thing. Sounds like most of us on Sunday morning or at prayer meeting.

The fact is, our faith is tested when we’re asked to acknowledge Jesus when it’s not convenient. When we can lose something.

But we have to realize, that’s when our faith is most verified by the onlooker. They may not agree. But they’ll know that we believe what we believe – no matter what!

I’m praying that we all have a moment like Peter did when he realized he had forsaken the Lord.

The bible says Peter “wept bitterly” when he remembered his previous zeal and Jesus’ prophesy that Peter would fold like a house of cards.

That’s what we need.

We need to wake up to how we’ve denied him.

You want change?

You want revival?

You want family members saved?

Don’t deny Jesus – at any cost.

The most glorious part about it is we have more power when we have that kind of faith.

The same Peter who “chickened out” before the rooster crowed, is the same Peter who boldly proclaimed Jesus was the Christ prophesied in scripture in Acts chapter 2.

That bold sermon, after his transition from sorrow to strength, brought 3,000 people into the body of Christ!

And the Lord said we would do “greater works!”

Be bold and expect a harvest.

Blessings,

FM

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