Out of Sight, Out of Heart

Posted: August 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

The best argument I can make for staying plugged in to Jesus and God’s word on a daily basis is one man…Peter.

When Peter was with Jesus everyday he was willing to die for Jesus if it came to that.

But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

(Matthew 26:35)

Fast forward a few hours later…

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard and a servant girl came to him.

“You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

(Matthew 26:69)

Peter stood up and pounded his chest and said valiantly, “Yes I was. Take me to him so that I may suffer the same fate he must suffer.”….Ah No! His will to die with Christ vanished when he was not with Jesus.

But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

(Matthew 26:70)

Strike One

    Ok so he made a mistake, I mean seriously, he was under pressure. The little girl caught him off guard. He just needed a moment to clear his mind and remember his vow to Jesus. He just needed to take a little walk.

Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

(Matthew 26:71)

Peter sheepishly raised his hand, “Yep that’s me. Guilty as charged. Bring on the pain.”

WRONG

He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know this man!”

(Matthew 26:72)

Strike Two

Well that escalated quickly. First he said he was not with Jesus, now he claimed he didn’t even know Jesus. He was not just distancing himself from Jesus, he was completely cutting him out of his life.

There is no way I’m going to die for this man. Jesus made his choice, let him suffer the consequences…alone. I didn’t sign up for any of this stuff. The healing and feeding people was cool, but this? This is crazy. Peter out.( Maybe that’s where the phrase “Don’t Peter out on me” came from.)

Peter could not get away fast enough and the accusations from the girls began to draw a crowd. They began to recognize Peter from when he was passing out some loaves and fishes on the hillside.

After a while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, your accent gives you away.”

(Matthew 26:73)

Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

(Matthew 26:74)

Strike Three

   

Peter did not even hesitate this time. He was not going down with this…this Jesus. This was his fault. All of this. He made Peter put down the sword. He could have fought their way out of the garden, but no. What did Jesus expect was going to happen? And now Jesus expected him to die too? Forget that!

Satan smiled

Peter is separated from Jesus for maybe an hour or two and he starts denying him. What happened to “I’ll follow you anywhere,” “I will die with you,” and “You are the Christ, where else would I go?”

That’s what Satan does. He looks for a tiny crack in your armor and he picks at it until he exposes enough to get inside. He will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between you and the very one who gave his life in exchange for yours.

This warning should be heeded;

And do not give the devil a foothold.

(Ephesians 4:27)

Webster defines “foothold” as this:

A secure position from which further progress may be made.

That, my friends, is exactly how Satan snares you. But remember, he must first gain a foothold, that secure position, before he can progress further.

Stay close

    When I was little and wanted to feel protected, especially if I thought something was going to get me, I would cling to my parents. I remember going through the Haunted Mansion ride in Disney World and being so scared that I hung onto my Father’s pant leg. I followed so closely to him. I became part of his leg. Nothing was going to get between him and me. Nothing was going to pry me from him.

That’s how close you need to stick with Jesus. So close that you two become one. So close that nothing will come between you and pry you away.

Lurking about

    The enemy of your soul is lurking about looking for that foothold. He waits until you skip a day of scripture reading, then he pounces. He will send distractions so one day becomes two. Then he really turns up the heat to make it a week, then he has you…

Stay close

Don’t Peter Out

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