Morning Devotion: Read I Peter

1 Peter 1:1  ¶Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Today we are beginning a new series in the book of First Peter.

Peter was that person that most likely entered the room lips first. He was the guy that was impetuous. He was always in the forefront of things. He was the guy that rebuked the Lord after the Lord revealed His death, burial and resurrection and the manner of it.

Matthew 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Peter was that act first and ask questions later type of guy. When the religious thugs led by Judas, came to take Jesus, Peter drew his sword and cut of the ear of one called Malchus.

John 18:10  Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

Peter did not understand that the time for the sword would be later and the sword would be the word of God. God will wield the sword when He returns.

Revelation 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

In Ephesians six, the believer is to posses the sword of the word of God as well.

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The Lord knew Peter’s heart just as He knows your heart. He loved Peter and was going to use Peter in a mighty way. He told Peter that Peter would reject Him, yet Peter denied He would ever do so.

Did you ever meet a person like that? They say one thing in a well-meaning way but later when put to the test they struggle.

Matthew 26:33  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

34  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

35  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.

Matthew 26:72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

73  And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

The Lord knew Peter would deny Him. He told Peter so. He also knew Peter was going to change, be converted and become a strong and wonderful believer and an Apostle of God.

Luke 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

You may be struggling in your walk with the Lord, be remined that God is not finished with you and God has great plans for you. He knows you better than you know yourself.

After all of Peter’s mistakes, God still used Peter in a great and mighty way. He preached at the day of Pentecost and Jesus saved three thousand people. Peter goes on to serve the Lord and even writes first and second Peter.

What does your future look like in the hands of God? Are you in the hands of God? You can be if you would simply place your faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook