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What Are We Without Him?

November 21, 2013

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Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” – John 13:37

Last Supper - 1495 - Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

Last Supper – 1495 – Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

Just saying you are willing to do something isn’t quite the same as actually following through is it? Peter thought he was ready, but when the time came to own Jesus, he denied him three times. He would not understand until later what he was signing up for, and just how much he needed God’s involvement.

When the time comes to defend God – when it is time to confess Jesus in a difficult situation, no amount of good-will or sincerity will get us through it without God. Like the old hymn goes – without him I could do nothing.

Peter and the others soon had the advantage of becoming apostles in Acts 2. All except John eventually had to demonstrate the courage required to die for God. Where does that leave us? How do we tap into God’s power?

  • We spend time in prayer
  • We spend time with his word
  • We worship him
  • We teach others about him

If we’re being honest with ourselves, we have no idea how we will react the next time we have the opportunity to represent Christ. If we don’t want to deny him like Peter did, we should be getting prepared.

Daily Bible reading for November 21

Psalm 112
2 Kings 20
Isaiah 9:8-10:34
John 13

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