Posts Tagged ‘infamous story’

Never Say Never

Feb 21

by Victoria Robinson

The infamous story of a man named Peter who said he would never deny Jesus is a reminder for us to be careful about our words. As Jesus was preparing His friends to understand the cross, the resurrection and even their own hearts, he tells Peter, “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” To which Peter utters his now famous words, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” After Jesus was led away to be crucified  Peter is confronted three times and asked if he knew Jesus. All three times he denied knowing Jesus. His words were quite emphatic as we finally see him saying, “I don’t know the man!” As we know how this story ended we see Peter weeping as he remembers the words Jesus had spoken to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

Oh, our dear Peter, even before this incident we saw him use the word never to his Lord and Savior. When Jesus tells him what He must suffer and that He will be killed, Peter hastily responds with, “Never, Lord! … This shall never happen to you!” Jesus then sharply rebukes Peter by saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Later in the book of Acts we see Peter once again having an exchange with the Lord over his use of the word never. Peter says, “Never, Lord, … But the voice from heaven came again, ‘If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.’” Wonder why he took so long to learn? More importantly, will we ever learn not to speak careless words?

Although we must be careful saying we will never do something, it is comforting to know our heavenly Father uses the word never in a trustworthy manner. He has made wonderful vows such as, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” After the devastating flood our heavenly Father makes a vow using the word never saying,  “Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” We have confidence that His promises are just and true.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not speak careless words, but carefully consider what the Lord’s will is.

Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ”‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 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 26:31-35 NIV
 
Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 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 26:69-75
  
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” ~ Matthew 16:21-23 NIV
 
And I heard a voice say, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.’ “ ‘Never, Lord,’ I replied. ‘I have never eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws.’ “But the voice from heaven came again, ‘If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.’ ~ Acts 11:7-9 NIV
 
Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. ~ Isaiah 47:8-9 NIV
 
… God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 NIV
 
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. ~ Genesis 9:14-15 NIV
 
The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” ~ Genesis 8:21-22 NIV
 
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. ~ Matthew 12:36-37 NIV

Have You Asked Where He Is Staying?

Jan 01

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever thought to ask Jesus, “Where are you staying?” Two men once did just that and spent the day with Jesus at His place. How cool is that? So many people have a story about meeting someone famous and spending time with them. Excitement gushes from them every time they retell their infamous story. Yet there is no one more famous and important than Jesus. Here these two men, John and Andrew, had only to ask where He was staying and He took them home and spent the day with them. Because John and Andrew inquired of Jesus, they not only spent the day with Him, but became His disciples.

Andrew then went on to bring his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus. Andrew tells his brother Simon, “We have found the Messiah.” Here is where we see true discipleship in action. It should always be our response to having found Jesus to bring others to Him.

Girlfriends, have you thought to ask Jesus today, “Where are you staying?” If you do, He will spend the day with you and impart all that He is to you. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would make a concerted effort to always understand “where Jesus is staying” so that we can spend time with Him.

The following day, John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and then declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” Then John’s two disciples turned and followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place, and they stayed there the rest of the day. ~ John 1:35-39 NLT

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who had heard what John said and then followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon, and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “You are Simon, the son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means Peter). ~ John 1:40-42 NLT

Do You Need a Peripety?

Dec 10

by Victoria Robinson

In the Greek language, the word peripety is peripeteia, which means a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances, especially in a literary work. A peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling.¹

In the book of Job, we certainly see a story worth telling. This literary work is about a family who had great fortune and an idyllic life. A sudden change of fortune took all this away. Disaster after disaster transformed a dream into a nightmare. It is worthwhile to note in this infamous story that Job had a wife who did not hold true to God. Understandably, her life had become so horrendous, she caved under the pressure. However, just because this is understandable, does not make it the right choice. We do not know this woman’s name, only her character at this time in her life. She told her husband, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

So girlfriends, do you need a change of fortune? Are you living a dream or a nightmare? A change of fortune can happen for the good or bad. Fortunately for Job, his circumstances were to turn around once again. In the forty-second chapter we read, “… the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Take heart girlfriends, remain true to God just like Job and know He wants to bring greatness out of the ashes of your life.

Dearest girlfriends, I encourage all of us to remain true to our heavenly Father as we wait upon Him for a reversal of fortune in our lives.

One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” ~ Job 1:13-19 NIV

So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. ~ Job 2:7-10 NIV

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. … The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. ~ Job 42:10,12 NIV 

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. ~ Job 1:20-22 NIV
¹The Free Dictionary