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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Peter in me

Posted by Gary on March 29, 2012

Matthew 26:56 “Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.”

Peter’s three-time denial of Jesus is as well known as any event in the Bible save the crucifixion and resurrection itself. To be fair to Peter you will note from the passage above that all the disciples forsook Jesus and fled. We tend to rake Peter over the coals for his unfaithfulness and not without justification. Though all the disciples said they would die for Jesus, Peter did distinguish himself and say that even if the rest of them would cave in, he never would:

Matthew 26:33-35 But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too.”

Christian, certainly you know that there are many times that you and I are like Peter right? There are times when you and I don’t want others to know that we are one His disciples right? Let me guess, you never do this right? Have there been times when you have had opportunity to speak about Jesus and for Him and you did not for fear of what someone would think about you? Have there been times when Christ’s truth needed to be declared and you kept silent because you  were afraid of others? Are you as willing to have others know you are Christ’s as you are to have them know who your favorite sports team is or who your favorite singer is? Do you declare Him like you do the Yankees, Phillies, Bono or Elvis?

If we are honest we will acknowledge freely that there is much of Peter in us. Let us remember though, that after Pentecost and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Peter and the other Apostles were very different men, bold, brave and faithful. May God by His Spirit make us like them.

Please take a moment to read these thoughts from Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” that I came across this week. They will humble you and challenge you:

“He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from Him in the very beginning of His sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf comes. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and took to their heels.

It may be, that I, at the opening of this day, have braced up my mind to bear a trial for the Lord’s sake, and I imagine myself to be certain to exhibit perfect fidelity; but let me be very jealous of myself, lest having the same evil heart of unbelief, I should depart from my Lord as the apostles did. It is one thing to promise, and quite another to perform.

Where else could they have been so safe as near their Master, who could presently call for twelve legions of angels? They fled from their true safety. O God, let me not play the fool also. Divine grace can make the coward brave. The smoking flax can flame forth like fire on the altar when the Lord wills it. These very apostles who were timid as hares, grew to be bold as lions after the Spirit had descended upon them, and even so the Holy Spirit can make my cowardly spirit brave to confess my Lord and witness for his truth.

If I forsake my Lord, I shall crucify him afresh, and put him to an open shame. Keep me, O blessed Spirit, from an end so shameful.”

Comments

3 Responses to “The Peter in me”
  1. Jared says:

    We always cry out when we feel like God is ignoring us, but how many times throughout the day do we actively DENY God. There are real fears about the people and the world around us, and perhaps there should be, but, it’s like you say when you have to be deliberate about your actions. Are you deliberately denying when you think you’re just being timid or afraid or uber-careful not to offend?

    • Iulian says:

      I really aepprciate this question and the answers that have already been given. In my own journey of the last four years I have come to understand prayer much differently than I used to. Previously I understood it more in terms of petition asking and begging God to do things and seeing little result. But our journey into deliverance ministry quickly showed that healing prayer was much more than just asking God to do things. Rather, we found that soul issues like forgiveness were critical to seeing people find healing and deliverence. In time, we came to realize that prayer meant muc more than petition real prayer meant deeply interacting with people, helping them forgive and renounce strongholds, and commanding the sickness and demonic to get out. When we did this, we saw much more healing happen! I also think there is an aspect of healing prayer which is strongly connected to the outpouring of God’s presence in a room, a building, a city. For instance, I am intrigued that Jesus and the Apostles seemingly did not take people through a healing process like Sozo. Rather, I see them command the illness to leave. Jesus carried an extraordinary anointing of the Kingdom presence, as did the Apostles, and he didn’t have to Sozo people, he could just command it to happen. I believe this is a dimension that is very much available to us, but it is part of the mystery of revival. I have friends who have been in meetings where the anointing for healing was so strong that people were healed at a word, and everyone present was healed. Yet, the same people, at other meetings had much lower success in healing. Command and authority yes. Process yes. And at times the dramatic, manifest power of God where healing is as easy as saying be healed. I look forward to seeing more of all of this!!

  2. Kader says:

    believe that God’s intention is to do a lptoceme restoration body soul and spirit, He calls us to do the best for everybody ( pray and heal) but it is up to the sick to choose at their level of faith what is going to happen, God uses this to proclaim the kingdom through the demonstration of his power (by healing) that is why a believer who knows his identity in Christ and is empowered by the anointing of the spirit will know that in order to be effective representing God you need to do everything , heal them Physically and proclaim salvation (prayer to repent because if they accept Jesus in their hearts that will automatically heal their spirit) you claim that soul for the kingdom of God by prayer!! otherwise they will think that every time a back or a knee hurts they can come to the gene and that is all they need; we have to use the opportunity given to the max ,the soul will be only saved by prayer and repentance and is the only eternal part of us ,the only one that really matters so do we need to pray? if we do only prayer or healing then you’re cheating them of a blessing because if you don’t tell them about salvation you will be responsible for that soul in front of God one day and if you don’t heal them knowing that God is entrusting you that power for His glory and proclamation of his kingdom then you’re in trouble too because God tells us to give, and don’t tell people you can’t give something when you have it to give . I think that is the diversion of the devil he never tells the whole truth so people are deceived thinking we can only pray and ask God then wait see what He does but unless you dig a little deeper you might get prayed for or even heal but what about your soul? is it saved if your knee or elbow gets heal? Prayer is very important, it opens the door but once inside you have to do as much possible according to Gods plan and what the persons faith will believe God can do, Jesus gave this guys the power to do everything, we also have the power in our authority in Christ and the power of the holy spirit living in us but a lot of people do not know who they are and they are deceived . Jesus sent the 72 to proclaim the kingdom. he told them to do two things not only heal the sick also proclaim the kingdom …..Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God is near you.’… ..in v16 he confirms that they were not only to heal 16“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.” .I think people are content with just a prayer because they are following traditions and they are not aware of the full power of God they do not know who God is, or who they are (body soul and spirit) that’s the problem they just do what they learned in Sunday school there is no knowledge of God and the devil takes advantage of it because he knows the bible better than some believers. when Jesus sent the 72 to proclaim the kingdom to me that is salvation back then they did not know salvation because Jesus did not die for our sins yet ,but he was calling them to a higher standard a lptoceme transformation to a kingdom living that will keep them away from hell and send them to heaven. to me the healing was the bonus to proclaim the kingdom is like going to costco and trying the samples they give you as you’re shopping down your list, their intention is to change your mind into buying something better, that is what Jesus was doing giving people a taste of the kingdom if they bought into that they will have to change their lifestyle to please God and consequently make it to heaven but if they rejected them they were not willing to change and even that may be they got heal physically they were rejecting eternity in heaven because they were not desiring the change and make a commitment to God, they were just tasting the sample and walking away without buying the product it feels good when you try that piece of special cooked tritip or chicken but if you walk away without buying it you’ll never going to taste it again.What is the difference?If you just pray for them the prayer may not be that effective because of other emotions or spiritual issues or soul issues on the way, but if they start by giving their life to God by repenting then the healing process is already started with their spirit and it will be at full blast!! The Holy Spirit has a lot more room to move in a repentant heart, but I think either prayers or healing will be limited without repentance.

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