Sunday Morning Service
Peter, one of the three disciples closest to Jesus, at this point only follows Him afar. Our reactions to circumstances often determine what God can do with us. Sometimes we are surprised when good Christians or children of good Christians fall away from the faith. People who live with one foot in the world will deny Christ sooner or later.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his power. He had no authority, since Peter stood with the sinners. When we stand with the world, we lose the authority to have victory in our lives.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his joy. He wept bitterly. Many times denying Christ is the first step toward destruction.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his testimony. Peter’s very speech was a testament to Christ until he changed it. Who does your speech reflect?
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his fellowship. Peter had given up his job to follow Christ, but Peter stopped at the door while John followed Him inside. Even after John brought him in, Peter denied any association with the other disciples.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his confidence. He was confident at one time because he trusted in God; but when he denied Christ, he no longer had confidence.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his opportunity. Peter did not take the opportunity he had to witness to others; he was too busy denying Christ to them.
When he denied Christ, Peter lost his fire. Peter was on fire for God, eager to serve. We need to put Christ first in our business, home life, etc. instead of denying Him.
When we deny Christ, we can lose all these things, but we also are denied by Christ. If we repent, He will no longer deny us. Peter was sorry enough to change and turn back to Christ and His Word, and God used him mightily.