Dear Readers in Christ, "Draw near to GOD, and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

Saturday, 28 December 2013


All the disciples were often guilty of rebuking the people who came to Jesus. But Peter was the worst in the “ministry of rebuking” – he even rebuked Jesus! “Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him…” (Matt 16:22).

Peter also seems to be the leader in sleeping. In the garden of Gethsemane, in those most agonizing moments of Jesus, none of Jesus’ disciples could watch with Him. But it was Peter whom Jesus addressed saying, “What, could you not watch with Me for one hour?” At the glorious moment on the mount of transfiguration when Elijah and Moses appeared in glory and were conversing with Jesus, what were His disciples doing? Sleeping! Again Peter’s name is particularly mentioned (Lk 9:32).

But on the day of Pentecost, we see Simon Peter as a transformed man. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God filled this Galilean disciple so much so that on that very day, through his preaching, three thousand souls were saved and baptized. It was not a vain show of hands by the three thousand, for, “they [all] continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Dear reader, if you are feeling condemned and crushed under the weight of your unsatisfied natures, here’s a word for you. What changed Peter can change you too today – THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! Peter who was timid and afraid of suffering was so filled with the power of grace that he was able to say, “Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings” (I Pet 4:13). Church history says he was finally crucified – he died as a martyr.

– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion

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