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October 3, 2019

The Spirit Is Willing But the Flesh Is Weak

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)

When Jesus was arrested it appeared that Peter would go down fighting. He drew his sword and “struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.” Jesus would have none of that, He instructed Peter to put away his sword. As Jesus is arrested the disciples scatter, and when confronted by a servant girl, Peter would deny ever knowing Jesus.

Peter’s first mistake was to think that he had the internal fortitude within himself to remain faithful, “I will.” His second mistake was to think that he was above ever doing such a thing. Matthew 26:41 says, “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus would forgive Peter’s betrayal and restore him to fellowship with Him. Peter would grow and mature in his faith and eventually legend tells us that he would die crucified upside down for his faith.

There were at list two resources that Peter could have turned to for help. He could have asked for help from his fellow disciples, accountability! Peter could have also turned to prayer. Maybe you can think of other preventive measures that may have kept Peter from denying Jesus. The surest way to fail is to do nothing to prevent it. Acknowledging our weaknesses is a good place to start.

Question: Have you ever done something you thought you would never do?

Challenge: Find a good friend and ask him to be your accountability.

Prayer: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Cali Magallanes -- BC Staff


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