DENIALS

Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”

And so said all the disciples.

Matthew 26:35


From earliest childhood, I can recall how I endeavored to utilize denials to achieve my desired goals; I suspect I was not alone in this sort of challenge, and I remember all too well my parents efforts to keep me in tow. When I became a Christian, I found myself facing the challenge alone with God. He and I have had our bouts, and I always, as expected before they start, am the loser.

If there be any doubts about my consolation in this area, I solicit your indulgence. In the process of my studies I could hear Ted saying, “Oh Peter!” You see, I was reading from Matthew 26 and heard Peter saying: “Even if I have to die with You,” I will not deny You.” Then in a very refreshing manner the Holy Spirit reminded me of the rest of the verse: “All the disciples said the same thing too.” (v35)

If you are like me, you will admit to having the same problem as this “old boy”, Peter did. He was not alone, he had company! Even though we commit the identical sin of saying: “I will not deny you!”, we are absent from the trial. The number of sermons preached on Peter’s denial, and the cock crowing, has been multiplied time and again with obvious absence of the other disciples. How we seem to pick out “sins” that justify our actions toward a saint who falls temporarily. We avoid mirrors that might reveal ourselves to others, or be reminded by someone else, “Do you remember…?”

Sin is horrible before a Holy God. He finds such activity repulsive! It is imperative that every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as the substitute for sin would search out his own personal sins and confess them to Him. We should make every effort to keep ourselves from the contagion of sin so that we do not have to be jolted into reality by a crowing rooster.

God, speaking through the prophet Isaiah said: “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”

Keep the channel clean and allow the Spirit of God to move through you without the fear of a “feathered friend” crowing when least expected.

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