Pastor Clint Williams
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(Romans 7:21-25 NLT) I have discovered this principle of life–that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
√ OVERWHELMED by fear.
(Matthew 14:30 NLT) But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
(Matthew 14:31 NLT) Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
(Matthew 18:21 NLT) Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
(John 18:10 NLT) Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave.
√ A KNOW IT ALL
(Matthew 16:22 NLT) But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
√ DENIED Christ three times.
(Matthew 26:34-35 NLT) Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter–this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me. “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. (TO VERSE 67)
(Matthew 26:67-75 NLT) Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him,
jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?” Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying–I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
(John 20:9-10 NLT) for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.
√ Peter realized he was free from CONDEMNATION.
(Romans 8:1 NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
√ Peter realized WHO HE BELONGED TO.
(Romans 8:2 NLT) And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
√ Peter’s JOY returned.
(Psalms 51:12-13 NIV) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. THEN…..
……… I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.