“‘Truly I tell you’, Jesus answered, ‘this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.’”
- Matthew 26:34 NIV
Have you walked with God long enough to fall from grace?
Ever felt unworthy of His love?
Did you ever encounter a guilt or shame that felt so heavy you didn’t believe God’s grace was strong enough to get you up from under the weight of it?
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.. – Romans 8:1-2 NIV
How do you think Peter felt when he was told he would deny even knowing Jesus by Jesus? This is the same Peter who felt unworthy to be in the presence of Jesus when he witnessed Jesus raise a multitude of fish from the ocean into his nets after toiling all night. The same Peter, also, who later wanted only to be out on the sea with Jesus, walking on water, instead of remaining in the boat when he saw his Master in the midst of the storm.
Ever wondered what the purpose is in reading the bible after hearing all the Sunday bible stories year after year?
‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ – Luke 22:31 NIV
Our Savior continues to pray for us, at the right hand of the Father, that our faith will not fail, we will turn back when we fall from grace, and strengthen our brothers and sisters in Christ! The Spirit of God intercedes for us, within us, to communicate our continual need for God.
Do you believe Satan still asks for permission to sift God’s children as wheat as Jesus stated then? Do you believe you’re on his request list?
“But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” – Mark 16:7 NIV
Beyond salvation, God desires that we know (encounter) the full breadth of His love to sustain and strengthen us to uplift and encourage others as we sojourn with Jesus until He returns to take us to the place He prepared for us!
“Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the LORD!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the LORD,’ he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.” – John 21:7 NIV
Regardless of what you have heard said about Peter, no shame, guilt, sin, or past failure could deter him from getting to his Savior, or decrease his sincere passion for Jesus! The same faith that moved Peter to encounter the miraculous, walking on water, moved Peter, to jump into the water, to encounter restoration and redemption! Believe God’s grace is sufficient for you! Plunge head first into His love for you!
May God bless you and help you to remain steadfast, immovable, and unshaken in your faith walk so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.