Despite It All . . .

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Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Matthew 19:27

Peter (Simon Peter) was one of Jesus’s disciples. I think we all can relate to this man who tried so desperately to follow Jesus loyally and with true abandon only to mess up over and over again. Jesus chose this very ordinary man as he was fishing with his brother Andrew in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus doesn’t make mistakes. He knew exactly what He was getting into with Peter. Just like He knows what He is getting into with us.

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

Peter wanted to give and do it all for Jesus, the man he knows without a doubt is the Son of God after Jesus calls him to step out of the boat and walk on water to Him. (Matthew 14:29) Like us, Peter had flaws, doubts, sins, insecurities and selfish desires that caused him to stumble and stray from his desire to follow Jesus with his whole heart. He used violence and cut off a guards ear, denied he even knew Jesus, but is the first Mary runs to when she discovers Jesus’s tomb is empty. (Luke 24:12)

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) John 18:10

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:75

Despite every flaw, sin, deception, failure and betrayal, Jesus chose and loved Peter. Jesus used Him for His glory and the Kingdom of God. Despite it all, after Jesus ascended into Heaven and left His disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed. Acts 5:15-16

That’s right! God was using this flawed and sinful man and people knew it. They hoped his shadow might fall on them. Here’s the deal! NO MORE EXCUSES!!! Next time you feel like your past is to broken, God could never forgive what you have done, use you for His Kingdom’s work and touch the lives of others PLEASE remember Peter. Don’t believe the lies that your aren’t worthy, good enough, forgiven or loved because you are. I don’t know everything, but I do know that if you earnestly seek God’s forgiveness it is yours. He can do anything and that includes using each of us despite all of our sins and character flaws. God chose you and formed you in your mother’s womb with purposes and gifts only you can fulfill. GOD’s not finished with our stories yet. If we are still walking this Earth, He needs us here to accomplish His good works. Don’t miss out because of past mistakes, sins and regrets.

God does His best work in our weakness. No more excuses! He isn’t finished with you yet.

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