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Deuteronomy 23-25; Mark 14:51-72

I am forever thankful for the story of Peter disowning Christ. At the last supper with his disciples, Jesus warns them that they would all soon fall away.  Peter knows in his heart of hearts, that his convictions and dedication set him apart; he is incapable of turning his back on Jesus.  Jesus warns Peter that he would not only disown him once, but twice. In today’s passage in Mark,  Peter lives out Jesus’s prediction. He is a crushed.

Peter’s story gives me great hope. Christ’s knows Peter’s heart. The only one who surprised by the denial is Peter. It’s no different for me. I start out my day reading the Word and feeling God’s presence as I pray. The heat of the day gets going and before I know it, I am behaving as one who has never known the company of Jesus. False pride deceives me into thinking that I am better than the crowd, and the strength of my convictions makes me bullet proof.  The only one fooled is myself. My sin is before me and it’s ugly.

The words of Psalm 139:4 find me, “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”  These words of grace find their way to me, pull back the curtains of self deception and bring me back to the feet of Jesus. My heart, as it is, is known by my heavenly Father and He does not turn away. My faith is not in the strength of my convictions. My faith is in the One who gave his life so that I might not suffer the punishment deserved. Although I may abandon the One who loves me, He never turns his back on me.

One of the great mysteries of God is how He uses the grace filled lives of the humbled and fallen to make his church rock solid. I pray that I every day, I am increasingly filled with gratitude to God for all that He does  and less prone to wander.

Klueh

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Leviticus 2,3 John 21 Proverbs 18 Colossians 1

Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings. Leviticus 2:13

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. John 21:7

From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. Proverbs 18:20

I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness Col 1:25

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col 4:6

God commanded the Israelites to salt all their offerings. It is interesting that the word salt comes from a Latin word saltus which means to jump.

Peter, certainly the spiciest of the Apostles, jumped out of the boat when he recognized the resurrected Jesus.

As servants of God we are to offer, the good news, fully seasoned to satiate  the hunger and thirst of a lost world. When the Holy Spirit prompts we must be, like Peter, ready to fling ourselves into deep situations. Life is not a wading pool.

Properly seasoned food doesn’t taste salty, it just tastes good. We offer the tenderness of a Father that loved his creation so much that he sent his only Son to die for the entire world. We just want the world to know the news that Jesus died for them is good, very very good.

Lord, I ask only one thing. That you use my impulsivity for your kingdom. In Jesus Name. Amen

yicareggie

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Acts 11-13

Scripture

“Peter is at the door!”
“You’re out of your mind,” they told her.  When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”  But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. (Acts 12:14b-16)

Observation

Have you ever been surprised by answered prayer?  These early Christians were.  Times were tough.  Herod was persecuting the church and had already put the disciple James to death.  Peter was arrested and was awaiting his trial and execution, guarded by 16 trained soldiers.  In the midst of these difficulties, the early church prayed.  They met in small groups to lift their difficult situation up to the Lord in prayer and they continued in prayer through the entire night.  But when the answer to their prayers literally knocked on their door, they left him standing there and insisted that it couldn’t be him.

Application

I’m heartened to find that these giants of the early church, men and women who had seen Jesus with their own eyes before and after the resurrection, that even they were surprised by answered prayer.  How often when I pray do I really believe and anticipate that God will answer in a tangible way?  Because of the reality that not all prayers are answered in the way we expect, too often I brace myself for a negative answer by not expecting God to work at all.

I’ve seen God provide amazing answers to prayer, and I’ve seen him appear to remain silent.  He asks us to pray in faith, believing, and he promises to answer, yet the answer often isn’t what we expect.  So how do I respond?  Do I give up on prayer?  Do I give up on expecting God to answer?  I think these early Christians would answer “no” to both.

“Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray . . . the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:13a, 16b).

Prayer

Father God, you’ve asked us to pray and you sent your Son who showed us how to pray.  You want us to know you, and prayer seems to be the primary way in which that occurs.  God, I trust you.  I trust that your plan for me and my family is best.  I trust that you are working your will even in seemingly difficult circumstances.  I ask that you’d give me the grace to accept your will and to proclaim your goodness even when my feelings don’t agree.  Help me to turn to you in prayer with a confident expectation that you will work and will change things, for your glory and my good.

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