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I’ve been thinking about Peter for a while now. I relate to Peter. Peter was a talker. It seems like things were in Peter’s mind and out his mouth without spending a lot of time in a filter somewhere in-between. I can relate. But Peter was also right in the middle of things. He wanted to be involved, right there with Jesus. Peter is the one who walked on the water. Then, later, when Peter saw Jesus far off, he put on his outerwear and jumped right out of the boat. (Did he expect to walk on the water again?) Peter is also the one who was ready to battle for Jesus, cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant. So Peter was in the middle of the action and tended to act impulsively. I can relate to that too.
So, I enjoy studying about Peter. It’s encouraging to me to see the transformation in Peter and it gives me hope that God can do something with me too.
Recently, I had a sort of light-bulb moment about Peter. As I read about Peter’s denial of Christ and then looked at Peter’s preaching and teaching in the book of Acts, I was astounded at the difference in him. What caused that difference? Here’s the light-bulb part —- the Holy Spirit. Of course Peter denied Christ before the Crucifixion. At that point, the only power Peter had within him was his own power. His own power and his own good intentions were not enough. So Peter denied Christ. Then, per Jesus’ instructions, Peter and the others waited in the upper room for the power of the Holy Spirit to indwell them. Wow! This made all the difference! Now, look at Peter! After the Holy Spirit indwells him, it’s not just Peter and his own good intentions; it’s Jesus-In-Peter. And Peter cannot deny Christ because God cannot deny Himself.
So many times, my attempts to live for Christ result just like Peter’s good intentions before the Crucifixion. That’s because I rely on my own power and my own good intentions. But when I shrink down and have Christ-In-Jennifer living and working, I can do all things!