Matt. 26:26-33

In verse 33 of Matthew 26, Peter declares that he would never "fall away" because of distrust or offense. He would not be caused to stumble.

When I think of the times that Peter could have been offended over 3 years, there was a lot of opportunity. There were times when Jesus said hard things such as: little faith, get behind me, are you stupid, dull of hearing, eat My flesh and drink My blood. I'm sure Peter is thinking, there is nothing that would offend me.

The thing Peter was not at all prepared for was what caused him to fear--Jesus leaving.

When Peter's ears heard, "I am raised up again", it must have left a different thought or vision in his mind. What Peter actually saw that night of Jesus's arrest was much different.

What if Peter pictured the whole dying, raised up again scene without all the pain, violence and darkness that accompanied it. After all Jesus had avoided this type of confrontation for three years.

What Peter saw was totally the opposite of his expectation. It didn't "look" like what he thought it would look like.

Many times, life, even life as a sold out lover of God does not look like what we thought it would. What do we do?

Peter does what most of us do the first time, hopefully we all learn from our mistakes, he runs!

Verse 34, Jesus tells Peter how he will react, Jesus knows the strength of the fear Peter will face. Jesus knew this even when he called Peter the "rock"! He knew when He spoke of the foundation of the church that the "gates of hell would not prevail against".

Jesus states a truth, Peter would deny Him, fear would come and it would take over.....for a moment.

Peter did not yet have all the tools needed to rise up against what came against him, those came in Acts 2, after the promise came, the fear left and boldness comes over Peter in a whole new way.

As we learn to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit instead of fear, we stop running and begin to live "IN HIM". Living IN HIM, allows peace in the storm of confrontation, tough decisions, difficult family issues, financial problems.....

Allow Holy Spirit to overwhelm you with His presence. It is for your own good and the good of others!

Posted on 02/06/2015 10:51 in Uncategorized