Power from God
Maybe we've traveled this route before. This isn't the first time for us to begin recovery. We found courage once before, only to fail when the going got rough. Now we're starting over, but it's even harder than at first because we feel like a failure.
There is plenty of power, even for those who have failed on a grand scale. Peter didn't want to follow Jesus in the first place. Peter told Jesus to go away because Peter was aware of his own sinfulness. But Jesus wouldn't let him go. So Peter followed him, cautiously at first, then with bold confidence. When Jesus was arrested, Peter disappointed himself by denying that he even knew Jesus. Peter was afraid that he would be arrested, too.
After Jesus rose from the dead, he tried to help Peter feel better by reaffirming his love; but Peter's confidence was still sorely shaken. Then something happened that renewed Peter with power from on high. "All the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. . . . And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit. . . . Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd" (Acts 2:1-2, 4, 14). Peter found the power to stand tall that day, and three thousand people found new life as a result.
Although we may have failed in the past, Peter is proof that there is no limit to the forgiveness and power available from God!
God's power brings stability and hope to our lives of fear and uncertainty.