Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 18.
Day 18: Living in Denial
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 18
“You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” John 18: 17
Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.” 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow. John 18: 25-27
How often do we feel the Lord prompting us to do things and brush it off not thinking it was Him, or denying that He is speaking to us? After the first denial, shame and guilt start to creep in. The nudging might continue a few more times, with more denial from us. Then, comes more shame and guilt.
All the while, the Lord is still waiting for us to turn back to Him.
Jesus never stopped loving Peter. He even gave him an opportunity, after His resurrection, to come back to walk with Him more passionately. Peter chose to serve Jesus with a new passion when he felt the guilt and shame lift off.
It can be lifted off of us, too.
Jesus is the only one who can take away any guilt or shame we are carrying. He loves us so much that He prays for us always.
Romans 8:34 says, “Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the anointed one! For He gave His life for us, and even more than that, He has conquered death and is now risen, exalted and enthroned by God at His right hand. So how could He possibly condemn us since He is continually praying for our triumph.”
I challenge you today to identify times that you have denied Him, no matter how extensive it might have been. Ask for His forgiveness, but also forgive yourself for not recognizing or responding to Him. You are now ready to respond to what Jesus is saying. Ask Him to speak. He has great things in store for you. Let Him walk with you on this journey. May this be the start of a great friendship that is developed over time.
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