Glory Seed Devotional, 03/23/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

Peter’s greatest lesson…

Right away the rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had told him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” So Peter started crying. (Mark 14:72 CEV)

Peter denied Jesus not once but three times. What was Peter thinking? He had just celebrated the Passover with Jesus, Jesus had just washed his feet and said he was clean spiritually from his head to his toes. Then hours later knowing Jesus had told him what was to happen Peter said, “I don’t know the man,” and even began to curse and swear.

I wonder if Peter remembered Jesus saying, “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before people, the Son of Man also will acknowledge him before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before people will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8–9, LEB) I don’t know if Peter remembers it or not but I do, I remember it very well it has been a guiding force in my life. I see Peter’s denial of Jesus as one of the most important lessons not only of his life but my life as well. Because our life stories are separated by years and impacts we’ve had in the world our stories have a few common threads, I too have denied Jesus not necessarily with words but with actions and as you well know actions speak louder than words.

Peter’s experience in denying Jesus and Jesus’ subsequent forgiveness prepared him to write from experience. “Be alert and think straight. Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears. Behave like obedient children. Don’t let your lives be controlled by your desires, as they used to be. Always live as God’s holy people should, because God is the one who chose you, and he is holy. That’s why the Scriptures say, “I am the holy God, and you must be holy too.”” (1 Peter 1:13–16, CEV)

“Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears,” Life put Peter was put to the test and he failed, we too have been put to the test and like Peter we’ve failed. However, for Peter (and us) “class” is not over in fact not only is “class” not over but Jesus forgives us and provides us with the Holy Spirit so we will not fail again.

The Spirit gives life, but not just any life – Jesus’ life!

Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 LEB)

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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

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