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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Come Back to Jesus"

Date published: 05/18/2015
 
Luke 22:60-61 “Peter replied, ‘Man, I don't know what you're talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown Me three times.’" (NIV)     

   Can you begin to imagine the crushing blow of rejecting the one you loved, the one you followed for three years, and for whom you sacrificed everything? Rejected Him not just once, but three times. Not just randomly, but after it was foretold and you swore with conviction that you would never deny Jesus. How did Peter go from being ashamed and crushed with sorrow to boldly proclaiming Christ to throngs of people in 50 days as in Acts 2:14, “Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd.” (NIV) It would be easy to expect him to run, go in hiding, question his worth, live in shame, but to be the first to step out and publicly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ was astonishing! 

   Peter’s boldness came from His encounter with the resurrected Christ, the risen Lord, which activated three traits that are essential for all Christians to live in the power of the Spirit: 1) Repentance - You were saved not because of your perfection, but because Jesus paid the price for your sins. Peter did not dwell on his sin, but trusted Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness, repented, and moved on. 2) Humility - Pride leads you to avoid your weaknesses and failures. Self-sufficiency motivates you to cover up you sins and compensate with your strengths. Humility allows you to come to Christ, trust His love, and go forward by faith in Him. 3) Lordship - Sin, self, and temptation all work to pull you away from Jesus, yet all three give you the perfect opportunity to proclaim His Lordship. Instead of pursuing a life that consists of more of you, you choose a life of more of Jesus.  Jeremiah 2:13 says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV) You make Jesus your Lord and allow Him to take you through these difficult times. Matthew 11:28 illustrates this beautifully, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NIV) Take joy in God’s work in you instead of the false religion of “self.” When you are confronted with the crow of the rooster, do not run from God, but repent, humble yourself, and proclaim Jesus as Lord of your life. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: "Hard Times" and "Grief"

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