Posted by Clyde Herrin
Here is something I read on Facebook.
by Joshua Agan
I had a convicting thought this morning, in light of scripture and current events…
Peter brazenly declared “I will even die for you!” when Jesus talked about His own coming death.
Then, in the heat of the moment amid accusations, Peter cursed to avoid the implications of what knowing Jesus might mean.
It was betrayal.
Peter wept when he realized it.
Jesus says “if any man” (that means you) “will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
We brazenly say “I will stand for Christ if my government says to deny Him—even if it means jail!”
But in the heat of the moment amid temptation, do you deny yourself and follow Jesus, or do you indulge yourself and consider abstinence from that sin too high a price?
If we cannot deny our own desires of the flesh, are we truly prepared to deny the force of government? If we deny Jesus with our deeds now, what proof do we have that we are prepared for real persecution?
If we are unwilling to lose the life of pleasure we indulge, how are we prepared to lose our very lives for Jesus later?
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
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