No Longer Denied

Just for a moment come with me to the time of Christ, and especially to Peter…Imagine what he must have been going through mind when Peter denied Christ?  What kind of things must he have been thinking?  And the guilt he must have felt afterwards?

Mark 14:66-72

New International Version (NIV)

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.[a]

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[b] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[c] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Imagine for a moment you are in Peter’s place, and if we are honest many of us have been their…We have denied Christ in our lives, he has called our name and what have we done, we have gone to the world fallen into tempation.

I must admit before I truly gave my heart to Christ, I denied Jesus on many occassions far to many.  I allowed myself to care more about what the world thought about me than what Christ must have thought about me, until that amazing day, almost sixteen years ago when I gave my heart to Christ.

No longer was I the one deny Christ, but instead I embraced Christ.  I embraced the wonderful life I found in his light.

Was everything perfect after that?  Of course not.  Did I have my setbacks, sure I did, but I was a child of God, and I knew where to turn.

I am an avid reader, and I remember shortly after I was saved i was in my room at my Nonna’s reading from the old Bible she had let me use, and that night laying in that room listening to Christian Music and praying I came to realize just how much Christ had done for me.

Several years after I was saved my health took a turn for the worse, and test after test came out frustrating the answers were not their, but in that all I grew closer to Christ, not farther away.  I learned to find strength in my weakness.

I have been asked if I believe in Healing, and of course I do as a believer how can you not?  But do I think a person who is a Christian who is sick is not trusting God, that someone who is not Healed right away is being punished by God, not necessarily, sometimes that illness, that injury is used for his glory.

Take for example Joni Eacerson Tada, who was injured in a diving accident in 1967, she broke her neck damaging her spine, rendering her a quadriplegic, but despite that she went on to create a wonderful ministry for those with disabilities called JAF or Joni and Friends, and a ministry that provides wheelchairs, walkers and other necessary aides, to those who can not afford them all over the world.

She could have chosen to deny Christ, went on believing that because she was injured she could not live for Christ, but she did not, and that has not only gotten her through living with a spinal cord injury, but more recently she was diagnosed with Cancer, and through it all her faith remains strong, her and her husband have Ken Tada have spoken openly about her battle with cancer, the treatments, and how God continues to work in her life, in order to reach others.

Like Peter we have all faced our tests of faith, and at one time or another, in one way or another many of us have probably denied Christ, but the fact is we serve an awesome God, an awesome Jesus…

 

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