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PostSubject: Failure Is Not Fatal   Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:49 am

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. —John 6:69

Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew how to bolster the spirits of the British people during World War II. On June 18, 1940, he told a frightened populace, “Hitler knows that he will have to break us . . . or lose the war. . . . Let us therefore brace . . . and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour!’ ”

We would all like to be remembered for our “finest hour.” Perhaps the apostle Peter’s finest hour was when he proclaimed, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:69). Sometimes, however, we let our failures define us. After Peter repeatedly denied that he knew Jesus, he went out and wept bitterly.

Then seizing Him, they led Him away and took Him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with Him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know Him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown Me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Luke 22: 54-62

Like Peter, we all fall short—in our relationships, in our struggle with sin and in our faithfulness to God. But as Churchill also said, “failure is not fatal,” even more so, our loving Father in heaven is rich in mercy and grace! But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2: 4-5. Jesus forgave the repentant Peter for his failure (John 21) and used him to preach and lead many to the Savior.

INSIGHT: The story of Peter’s denial of Christ is found in all four gospel records (Matt. 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18). Do you think God considers this an important message for us to learn from? Can you think of ways you have denied and/or failed the Lord? Remember, failure is not fatal. God lovingly restores those who turn back to Him and when God forgives, He removes the sin and restores the soul.
 
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You that Your mercy and grace are given freely through the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus. And it's in Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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