Formula For Failure
He had self-confidence, visualized concretely how he would have success in the coming challenge, and boldly put it into words. Whether it’s from our coaches in athletics, the latest guru for success in the business world, or even our favorite TV preacher challenging us to name it and claim it, the acceptance of positive thinking or potentiality thinking is as American as apple pie and Chevrolet, but is it true?
Check out how confident Peter was as Jesus and his disciples approached Gethsemane. Listen to his bold declaration of loyalty to his Lord. He was confident that he alone would stand, even if all the others fled, and then listen carefully to how Jesus responded to his pride.
“’All of you will fall away,’ Jesus said, ‘for it stands written: I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered. But after I have risen from the dead I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’
But Peter said to him, ‘Even if all fall away, I certainly will not!’ And Jesus said, ‘Count on it! I’m telling you today—this very night—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will deny me three times.’ But Peter kept insisting, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!’ The rest of the disciples said the same.”
My self-confidence might give me a competitive edge in sports. My positive thinking and visualization of success might make me a lot of money in business, but when it comes to going hand to hand in battle with the evil one, pride leads to certain defeat. And as Mark goes on in his passion story we will get to discover for ourselves whose word does create reality.
LORD, thanks that even before Judas betrayed you to be crucified you knew that the resurrection was ahead, and that even after Peter betrayed you, there would be a new day when he would be with you again in Galilee. Use Peter’s failure to confront me with the danger of viewing pride as the pathway to victory.
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