AND WHEN HE THOUGHT about it. When he reflected on the thoughts and intents of his heart, he wept. “A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.” Mark 14:72 What have I done!? Not as much of a question but an exclamation of deep sorrow and regret. Peter was not yet ready, he still lacked courage.
The Lord had read Peter’s heart, knew what was in him and what was still lacking. He knew what words Peter would speak before they even crossed his lips. Peter denied Jesus. He was not yet ready for the trial. Yes, one day he would be ready but at this moment he thought about his actions and grieved his wrong choice. Boy, have I been there. Maybe not to this extent, but I have remained silent when I should have spoken up. I have passed someone by when I was supposed to go to them. I have kept back when I was supposed to give. All this and more, even after I have been baptized with the Holy Spirit.
If I really searched my heart I’d see that I too lacked courage. I wanted people to like me more than I wanted to honor God. I cared more about pleasing others than pleasing my Lord. God forgive me! The pain of displeasing Him far out weighs the praises of another. Not any more. I’ve settled it in my heart. His glory above anyone. His honor above all else. Jesus said of Himself, “I do not receive honor from men.” If I looked back at all my failures, it was because I wanted to be seen before men. I cared too much what others thought about me.
Who doesn’t want to be honored and esteemed before men? Who doesn’t want the praises of man? My friend, these things will be a snare to your soul. Jesus told his disciples that we would be hated by all for His name. This is a true word of the Lord. Where will you receive honor? It will either be in this world or the one to come. Settle it now because a divided heart and a double minded man will fall.
There will be more trials like Peter’s in your life. What’s lacking in your heart? Peter proclaimed he would never deny Jesus, yet he did. He thought he knew his heart, but he deceived himself. The pain of regret is heavy. There are moments you can never get back. Settle it now and root out any and all fear. The trial is coming. What will you say to the mockers?#runyourrace
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