“Are you a believer?”

“’You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?’ she asked Peter.  He replied, ‘I am not.’”  John 18:17.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 24, Jeremiah 22, Psalm 112, and John 18.

What a liar!

Peter, with a chance to stand up, chose to step down.

Embarrassing behavior to say the least.

Of course Peter was one of Jesus’s disciples.  Of course he knew Him.  But when association would exact a high price Peter opted for safety instead.

Sadly, most of us are just like Peter.  How?  When being a believer will carry a price we opt for safety.  We low-key our relationship to God so that it doesn’t get us into any sort of difficulty.

We are nearly at the “Judas” level.  Our faith is so shallow that it hardly covers our feet!

Folks in other parts of the world are put into life-or-death scenarios over what they believe.  We are HARDLY put in any danger in the US that compares to that.  Are we willing to stand up for Him?

When Jesus left the earth He sent the Comforter to be with each of us.  Instead of Jesus being in one place at one time, we have Him all the various places believers are located.

We can have a relationship with Him.  I am back to reading Brother Lawrence’s book (The Practice of the Presence of God) again.  God, via the Holy Spirit, is in the space I’m in.  Being aware of Him being nearby revolutionizes me.  His presence has me doing things as well as not doing things.  I can’t be the same as I was when the reality of His presence sinks into my life.

“Lord, You are in my midst.  Thank You for that.  Show me what needs to be done.  I ask You for Your help.  I dare not offend You by my thoughts, words, and actions.  You are the great God.”

Practice the presence of God.


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