The Gospel’s Power is Greater than any Weakness!
Often we feel as if our failures define us or we just don’t have what it takes to measure up. God has placed greatness in seed-form inside each of us. Unfortunately our lives don’t always mirror this God-intended outcome. Perfection isn’t His purpose or intent for our lives. The Gospels greatest witness is in its power to transform ruin into a redeemed beacon of hope seen through a life lived out in passionate devotion to Christ! The Scriptures are filled with examples of the weak and broken, through redemption, having great impact on history and eternity!
Peter is a prime, Scriptural picture of a transformed life. He was a rough and raw fisherman, used to making his own way in the world. The Bible doesn’t cover any of his imperfections but brings them to the forefront. Oh the mercy in this! What if we thought we had to have it all together or perform perfectly in order for the Lord to use us? One time Jesus even connected Peter’s words to satan’s work!!! What?
“But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men'” (Matthew 16:23).
This came on the heels of Peter releasing great revelation and being affirmed by Jesus. The Lord had just asked them the most important question of all time!
“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’
Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 16:15-17).
Peter never let his failures define him or determine his destiny. He was not paralyzed in the pain of being wrong or failing! He continued to receive God’s mercy and move forward in the destiny that God had for him! Flaws, human weaknesses, and deficiency were hurdles that he cleared to live out a powerful life for the glory of God!
In his writings we evidence that as he grew in spirituality and maturity he never forgot where he came from and thus encouraged believers in that direction. In his humility he never speaks down to us but speaks in a way to lift us up. His spiritual prowess never portended to pride but always bent low with a hand to those coming behind him. Peter understood how it was to look up from a fallen state to where he ought to be.
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;” (1 Peter 1:13-14).
“That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2).
“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men — as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God”
(1 Peter 2:15-16).
As we gird up our minds through revelation accompanied by obedience there will be a transformation that will cause us to begin to function in the will of God and we will release Heaven on earth!!
Lord, my weaknesses are sometimes mountains in my mind! Your power and the power of the gospel is greater than any human limitation or inability! I need your encouragement today by the Holy Spirit to see where You are taking me! Please give me greater vision to see Your intention for my life. Your perspective will take me into Your purposes and plans for me! I fully rely on You!