March 10, 2006
Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. --Matthew 26:74-75
Simon Peter was a man of incredible potential who had determined to leave everything else behind to follow Christ. But He failed at a crucial moment by denying the Lord.
There are many things we can learn from Peter’s life, like how to avoid pride, prayerlessness, and following the crowd.
Peter went from walking in the counsel of the ungodly to standing in the paths of sinners to finally sitting in the seat of the scornful. While it is vital for believers to get in the world and witness to others, we need to guard ourselves against becoming worldly.
The good news is there is hope if you have failed spiritually! There is forgiveness and mercy from the Lord. Simon Peter was forgiven and commissioned again to go and be a powerful preacher for Christ.
Do you need to be restored because of some kind of failure today? If so, ask God to restore you. When you come back to Him, you will find forgiveness and a new beginning. Failure as a believer is never final!
THERE IS ALWAYS FORGIVENESS AND MERCY FROM THE LORD IF YOU HAVE FAILED SPIRITUALLY.