Ready for Anything?

14 Mar

God’s Word: Luke 22:54-62

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Have you ever proclaimed your allegiance in the passion of the moment—yet cowered later?rooster  This is where Peter found himself in this passage.  When Jesus shared what was coming as he faced the crucifixion, Peter stated, “Master, I’m ready for anything with you.  I’d go to jail for you.  I’d die for you!”  But Jesus knew Peter and said he had specifically prayed for him that he would not give in or give out.  He added “When you have come through this time of testing, turn to your companions, and give them a fresh start.”  He went on to tell Peter that before the rooster crowed, Peter would have denied three times that he even knew Christ.

When Jesus was taken captive most of his disciples scattered.  But not Peter—however he followed along at a “safe distance.”  He kept Jesus in view but he kept his distance.  Other, close by, asked him if he was a friend of Jesus.  Three times they asked, three times he denied knowing Jesus—then the rooster crowed.  When that happened he remembered what Jesus said–looked up and saw Jesus looking right at him.  Peter turned and went out and cried and cried and cried.

Have you ever found yourself in a place such as this?  On one hand you proclaim your allegiance to Christ but when the going gets tough you cave—just like Peter.  But Peter didn’t give up after his failure.  He washed his eyes with tears, then got up and because even more on fire for Christ.  You find in Acts 2 that Peter spoke up before a huge crowd with “bold urgency” proclaiming Christ.  Peter didn’t let his failure determine his future!  What about you?  Have you heard too many rooster crows in your lifetime?  It is never too late to come to Me for a fresh start.  I specialize in make-over’s and I care about you!

God’s Question: Will you make a fresh start with Me?

God’s Promise: Your failures can become future victories.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Your offer of helping us start over.

I am Sorry I have heard far too many rooster crows.

Thank You for giving us many chances as Your children.

Please help me speak out for You with bold urgency.

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