Hey hey hey
Been a minute, haha! More like weeks, but I’m glad to be back sharing something I learned from The Word.
Let me be honest guys, I haven’t been as firebrand in faith as I’d like. I miss a lot about how I was when I just got saved and though God is teaching me about New Wine; I can’t really put my hands on what that means.
I’m struggling a lot with consistency and discipline and I can’t even believe that people still read my blog. (Thankful though!)
I read my ebook, “How I met God on Twitter” and it was hard to believe that it was me that wrote the book.
OK, I guess it’s enough of my ranting. In this, I see that God wants me to grow, like really grow and I must confess that it’s hard. I probably should fill you guys in on how my journey after school is going.
Today, I want to share the significance in Peter denying Jesus and how that relates with us today.
Some of us have been too hard on Peter and today I gained few lessons from his denial of the Messiah.
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came up to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” Vs 69 & 70
The first question here is how is it that with just one look at Peter, this ‘servant-girl’, someone with less prestige than Peter at the time knew he was close to Jesus.
And when he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” Vs 71 & 72
Another servant girl was so sure! There must have been something about how Peter looked mahn. I guess because Peter was the most expressive of the disciples, (always had something to say or do) they must have seen him with Jesus many times before.
After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them too; for even your [Galilean] accent gives you away.” Then he began to curse [that is, to invoke God’s judgment on himself] and swear [an oath], “I do not know the man!” And at that moment a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the [prophetic] words of Jesus, when He had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly [in repentance].
MATTHEW 26:69-75 AMP
Perhaps my fav line from these scripture is this:
“Surely you are one of them too; for even your [Galilean] accent gives you away.”
Whatever language you speak, does your speech give you away?
You see, it wasn’t so easy for Peter to deny Jesus. For some of us, it’s the easiest thing ever.
Our speech is so unseasoned and random that we can live everyday, say whatever we want and no one will know that we’ve been with Jesus.
At home, work, and life generally, is it very easy for you to deny Jesus and go free without anyone noticing?
Yesterday, on my way to work, I was very upset because the conductors took advantage of the fact that Buhari was in Lagos to cheat. I paid double the price to get to work and those going to Ajah paid more than double.
I should have kept quiet in that bus but I didn’t and I don’t think I represented God well at all!
For me, one of my major weakness is words. I like to talk and that can get me in trouble. But I never want it to get to a point where I’m comfortable with where I am, when I know there’s room for improvement.
Even at work, as much as I know that I have an awesome boss, he still thinks I can be rude with my expression and words. I want to get to a point where it’s really hard to deny Jesus with any part of my life.
Yes, they’re clear on where I stand with my faith, I’ve been sort of bullied for not listening to worldly songs, but there’s need for growth in my use of words and actions.
To end this, I’ll share my other fav part of this scripture.
And he went outside and wept bitterly [in repentance]. Vs 75
That’s it guys! Peter did not run from God but to Him for help. He knew he had sinned and did not just confess but repented.
It’s amazing the power in the word and the lessons we can learn from it when we decide to not rush from His presence.
Use this Easter break to press in more than before, especially if you’re the one who is always out in the morning and back late at night.
Rest in His presence these 4 days.
Happy Easter everyone.💛
Love and light,
P.S: As regards the title, I don’t mean that we should purposely deny Jesus, I mean that it was good because of the lessons the Bible allows us learn from Peter’s story.