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03/18/2014

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Moving Backwards Two


"Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest" (Mk.14:54a).

As the apostle Peter tries to keep us from backsliding, we take a look at him on the fateful night of Jesus' arrest. Yesterday we looked at two things that got Peter going backward instead of forward. First was his pride, which was exhibited in his boasting about his faithfulness. Second was his falling asleep when he was supposed to be alert and awake. As the night progresses, Peter resides in the shadows, trying to get as far from Jesus as possible and still know what was going on. He just wasn't ready to face the ridicule and persecution that would come with being associated with his Savior. How about us... Are we ashamed to be seen with a Bible, praying, or with other Christians? If we were on trial, would there be enough evidence to convince others that we are actually Christians? Jesus said this; "If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels" (Mk.8:38). I only quoted the first part of Mk.14:54... Here's the rest... "there he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire." Instead of being with Jesus, Peter chose to mingle with those in the world. It is the same today... We cannot warm ourselves by the fire of the world and not expect to get burned, or flirt with it and not be tempted. By the time we have become friendly with the world, what happened to Peter will happen to us... Three different times, people looked at him with recognition... "You were with that Nazarene Jesus...." "I don't understand what you're talking about...." Peter degraded himself to the point that he denied even knowing Jesus... Now more than likely people won't say those words, but they will come close.... When called to worship on the Lord's Day is met with excuses.... When called to serve Him, one renders a meager service.... When called to stand by His side even when persecuted, one flees to the safety of the world... When called to live by His moral code, the world speaks louder than Jesus does... All of these are examples of denial. Peter came to his senses and repented to live a godly life. Tomorrow, lets look at the advice he gives to keep us from denial....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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