The way Peter separated himself from Jesus was to cuss!
What a lesson that is for us this morning. I was doing some reading and it was like the Lord stepped right out and said, “What is in your life that separates you from Me?”
Matthew 26:74, “Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” (KJV)
Peter was afraid. No doubt when Jesus looked him in the eye, he was immediately repentant. Not like one who gets caught doing as he always does but like one who has disappointed the One he claims to love.
The world is filled with the illogical. It is contradictory. I’ll offer one example. In Bible study last night, it was mentioned that the internet is great for a lot of things like how to install a fixture in the home or change the oil in a lawnmower. Even then, you have to be careful who you listen to. It is also a virtual birthplace for the deception, fraud and underhandedness. It is all of this that leads to more and more confusion. The Bible tells us that God is not the author of confusion but of peace. But I think some find it so hard to accept peace because they no longer trust the package that it comes in.
I guess you’re wondering where that came from. Let me try to explain it this way. Do you know how big a contradiction it is to believe that one can party it up on Saturday then go to church on Sunday? If you are a believer who sees nothing wrong with that, you have been deceived. And, I’d wager that you have no peace because it’s the contradictions in your life, a lack of surety or guarantee that consumes a large part of your thinking. You’re trying to make right what isn’t. Been there, done that. Never works. Believe me, the mind is where the aggravation starts and when something ain’t right, just like Peter, a man knows it ain’t right.
The Word of God, the Bible, will teach us to find the truth. Even in the deception. It is focused on one subject and that is life eternal with the Father. God has set the requirements for us to live in His house. The gift of salvation is free to all who will accept it. The Word tells us how to live in His grace.
So ask yourself this morning what is in your life that separates you from Jesus. What in your own life is illogical and contradictory to the word of God? What is it that when it’s preached on, causes you to be upset and unsettled?
Give it to God. Let Him heal that divide today. Let Him have your burden today. Jesus will give you the victory. He said in His word, “…if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Have a great Thursday!
I love ya!
-Pastor Butch
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When they want you to think they’ve got it together, it may be all that they can do to hold it together.
The apostle Paul tells us that the goal of Christianity is to have love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. These are things that the believer must pursue. He must strive for them.
The reality is that successful Christian living is not complicated. There is no secret to it. But it is a mystery. There is a groove that you have to get in. Just like anything worth having, following Jesus requires constant attention as our relationship with Him and obedience to His Word should and will become our priority and a mark of our life’s work.
This is Paul's testimony from 1 Timothy 1, “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
Paul accused himself of acting “…ignorantly in his unbelief…” This is the same Paul who said that if we would judge ourselves, we SHOULD NOT be judged. Wow! Now that’s a tall order, a man or woman of God recognizing their own ignorance and then, judging themselves. Kind of makes the hair stand up on the back of one’s neck to think how much better the world would be if the Christian would do this before anything else.
The apostle Paul uses his testimony to prove that if God will express mercy upon a vicious Christian persecutor, He will certainly have mercy on anyone who turns to Him.
The lesson to be learned here is that there are no limits to what God can do. We just have to allow Him to do it.😀❤️
-Pastor Butch

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