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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
There were three stages to Peter’s denial. First, he acted confused and tried to divert attention from himself by changing the subject. Second, using an oath he denied that he knew Jesus. Third, he swore that he did not know Jesus. Believers who deny Christ often begin doing so subtly by pretending not to know him. When opportunities to discuss religious issues come up, they walk away or pretend they don’t know the answers. With only a little more pressure, they can be induced to deny flatly their relationship with Christ. If you find yourself subtly diverting conversation so you don’t have to talk about Christ, watch out. You may be on the road to denying him. (NLT)
Matthew 26:69-75 – Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, a servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”
But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said.
Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.
A little later some other bystanders came over to him and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”
Peter said, “I swear by God, I don’t know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went away, crying bitterly.
Carol Goodman Heizer (Kentucky) titled her story “THROUGH GOD’S POWER;” here is a portion of Carol’s story:
“. . . throughout scripture that Peter had several weaknesses. He often spoke before he thought through a situation. He was impulsive, abrupt in his actions, and discourteous to those around him. . . .
“Peter said he would die before disowning Jesus. . . . Jesus was very aware of Peter’s failures, yet he saw Peter’s true heart. Jesus knew Peter would go on to do great things for God’s kingdom.
“We, like Peter, have many shortcomings and frequently fail at our endeavors. However, when this happens we must never think that God cannot use us. Through God’s strength and power, we can achieve all that we are called to do.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can rely on Good’s strength today.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us to remember that we can rely on your strength to accomplish what you call us to do. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO FEELS UNWORTHY
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