Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 11, 2019

Vacillating

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Matthew 26:35 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)

I really relate to Peter.  He was an all or nothing guy.  He never did anything half-way.  I am the same.  I go all the way or I don’t go at all.  In this verse we see Peter declaring he would go all the way with Jesus.  I believe he really meant it.  Then, when he denied Jesus, I think the first time he was thinking if he protected himself he would be able to find a way to save Jesus.  Peter’s problem was he was totally in the flesh.  The Holy Spirit, the Enabler, hadn’t been given to the believers at this time.  Without the Holy Spirit we are subject to the abilities of the sinful flesh.  The sinful flesh seeks to put itself before all else.  Peter showed quite a different nature after the Holy Spirit came and filled him.  He did indeed die for Jesus.  We have a lot of heroic desires for our faith.  As sinful humans we vacillate between our flesh and old habits and the newness of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is a gradual process having our minds renewed so we will listen and respond to the Holy Spirit rather than our sinful flesh.  Getting in the written word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis helps to renew our minds.  Without actively putting God’s word in our minds and hearts we will fail.  Let us be more like Peter after the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Let us be disciplined in renewing our minds and stand firm for the faith.

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