Day 3: You Will Deny Me
Take just a minute to think about a time in your childhood when you broke a rule at home or at school and got caught. What was your first reaction? Did you try to hide, or perhaps play innocent? When the accusation was made against you, did you deny that you had anything to do with it?
Denial is often the first response we have to any serious problem or concern we’re facing. Those who wrestle with addiction of any kind often need to first admit that there’s a struggle, and then the real work of healing can begin.
In the life of Peter, Jesus had made a huge impression on him. Peter witnessed Jesus perform dozens of miracles. He heard Jesus teach with power and authority like no other before Him. He saw Jesus for who He was, God in the flesh. As such, Peter became a close companion, friend, and confidant of Jesus.
But right before Jesus was arrested, He told Peter, “…you will deny three times that you know Me.” Peter was aghast. He was in denial about the mere possibility he would ever deny Jesus.
As you read today, consider this: What do you think Peter ultimately learned from his denial of knowing Jesus?
What problems was Peter facing?
How do you think Peter felt throughout these experiences?
What do you think Peter ultimately learned from his denial of knowing Jesus?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Judges 15 & 16
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, as much as I don’t want to admit it, there are times when I’m tempted to deny You. Whether it’s not accepting opportunities to share about who You are, or even denying that I personally know You, I realize that I have more in common with Peter than I may have initially thought.
Today, I commit to not being ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). Let this power work within me, and through me, in all things. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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