The Peter Story
What is it I want most from Jesus? Is it presence or promise? Peter faced a dilemma that caused Him to realize that he needed both. He, in his zeal and friendship with Jesus as well as his awe of Jesus, believed he could follow Jesus based on sheer will power. That was flesh. He thought that because he had spent some time with and witnessed Jesus operate in the power of The Holy Spirit, that when times got tough, he would be able to pull it off from friendship alone. He couldn’t. He couldn’t stay awake to pray when Jesus needed him to. He couldn’t last as a follower of Jesus. He denied HIM three times, after he told Jesus that he would never deny HIM. He couldn’t stay and stand up for the discipleship after Jesus went to the cross. Why couldn’t he do it? He needed the power of the promise. The promise was the Holy Spirit. The power was the Holy Spirit. Peter needed to keep the promises in his heart. He needed the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to stay awake to the power and the promise. Jesus forgave him three times and reinstated him as a disciple. He and the other disciples even got a preview when Jesus breathed on them before He ascended. On the day of Pentecost, they were filled to the brim with the power of the promise. No longer would they ever be separated from Jesus. So, it is with us. We need the power to wait for the promises that the Word offers us. We need the power to stay in the love of God. We need the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 26:31-35, Matthew 26:69-75, John 20:22, John 21:15-19, Acts 1:4-2:4, Jude 1:20-21
Lord, I come today laying all of me at Your feet. I bow down, Lord. I know that the only way I will be able to stand in the days ahead is to bow at Your feet now. I yield to Your strength. I yield to Your power. I yield to Your correction. I humble myself under Your mighty hand. I trust You, My King. Use me to Your glory. I present my body as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to You. I believe that as I come into Your Presence and abide there, You will embrace me and lead me in the ways that I am to go. I long for Your Presence and I am willing to wait there. I know that in Your Presence, there is fullness of joy and that at Your right hand, there are pleasures forever. Thank You for inviting me to Your banquet table. You feed me well by Your own hands. Your hands have prepared the table where I sit. You bring me in to hide me from the enemy. I humbly say Thank You today. Use me as a vessel of honor as I pray on behalf of others. I bring before Your mercy seat the nations of the earth. I bring before Your mercy seat the kings of the earth. I bow and I say, Your Kingdom come to where I am. You will be done in my life on earth as it is in heaven. Use me to display the beauty of holiness and the intimacy of serving You My King. May all who come behind me, find me faithful to You. May I today and for the rest of my life, bring others into Your Presence. My life Lord, I yield. My relationships Lord, I yield. All that I am or every hope to ever be, I yield. Now Lord, May I follow hard after You in all that I do. I want intimacy in my prayer life and in my public life as well. I come into Your Presence and I bring all that You send me to get. In Jesus Name.
Promise- a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will take place.
Flesh- the carnal part of man that is weak and lacks the strength to do the supernatural things of God apart from the Spirit of God.
Presence- the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing.
Do we need the presence, or do we need the promise of Jesus? We want them both. We need them both. We need to know the promise and know that it belongs to us. We need to feel His presence and know that it belongs to us as well. Do we abandon one for the other? No, never. Jesus came to give us life and that life more abundantly. He gave the promise of the Holy Spirit to the followers. While He was with them, they enjoyed His presence. When He was away from them, they fumbled and did some fleshy, carnal things. Somehow, they had misplaced His promises because they didn’t feel His presence. We have the promise from His word to us, and we have the presence of His Spirit, in us. There are issues, situations, circumstances, all kinds of things that are constantly warring against us, trying to get us to deny the promises and not press into the presence. Today, know this: the power of the promise is yours and mine. The power of His presence, the Holy Spirit, is yours and mine. Don’t neglect the promise when it seems that you don’t feel the presence. Don’t be like Peter and deny that you know Jesus because He doesn’t appear to be near. Rely on the power of His Holy Spirit in you to remain stable, steadfast, fixed and unmoved. Worship The Lord at all times. Worship from the promise until you are wrapped in the presence. You will be able to say, I know His presence, I know His promise, I know Him in His Promise and His Presence. I want it all. It belongs to my faith. I am an intercessor; I pray till the power of His presence rests right where I am. I pray! I obey! I stay! Have a Jesus Filled Day!!