But What If I’ve Denied Jesus?


August 5, 2020

 

Read Mark 14: 66-72

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

 

Reflect

Do you believe that you can still be forgiven even if you once denied or rejected Jesus?

 

Have you ever denied Jesus? Has there ever been a time in your life, when you did not acknowledge Jesus before man?

 

In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” So maybe, because you once disowned Jesus, you live in fear that you will be disowned by Jesus in heaven.

 

Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus had said, “Peter, you will deny me,” and Peter replied, “Never!” And yet, he did. How heartbreaking to commit the very sin we promised to God we’d never commit! I think many of us can identify with that and be discouraged.

 

But if we look at the future for Peter, we can be encouraged. Jesus was not done with Peter. In John 21, we read about how Jesus appeared to seven of the disciples while they were fishing. When Peter recognized Jesus, he jumped out of the boat and ran to Him. Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love me?” And Peter affirmed that he loved Jesus three times, just as he had denied Him three times. Each time, Jesus told him to love and care for his sheep. Jesus also predicted that Peter would be crucified for his faith. Then, Jesus commands Peter to follow him.

 

Jesus didn’t just forgive Peter. He gave Peter a mission, despite his past failure. Despite his previous denial, Peter went on to live his life dedicated to acknowledging Jesus before man. He was committed to spreading the Gospel and building up the early church. And just as Jesus predicted, he was martyred for his faith.

 

If you are heartbroken over your denial of Jesus, take a page out of Peter’s book. Run straight back to Jesus and seek His forgiveness. Affirm the love you have for Him. And then, even though you may still stumble, commit to following Him until the very end. Your mission is to acknowledge Jesus before man and share the Gospel. If there was hope for Peter, there is hope for you, too!

 

Pray

Lord Jesus, I know that there have been times when I have denied you in thought, word, or deed. Please forgive me. Like Peter, I want to be used by you for Your glory. Amen.


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My fear, as well as my belief, is that Jesus would deny me. Sometimes, I think that I was predestined to be a loser. Sad, isn't it?
I am no scholar, but Luke 5:1-11 clarifies the subject of entering eternal life with Christ. Luke tells how Peter witnessed the call of Jesus. Peter fell at Jesus' feet confessing his unworthy life of sin. Jesus said not to fear, and gives him purpose by saying he will be catching men. Jesus forgave Peter for past and future sins. We are in daily need of forgiveness because we are in a fallen world. Sin is going to happen. But forgiveness was established when Jesus called Peter into His ministry as a firgiven Saint. Jesus does not need to establish salvation over and over..I hope this helps.
I am struggling with this sin daily. I found this post encouraging. Christ, please, forgive me for denying God and You in my daily life. Please, forgive me for blaming and being angry at God and You for my circumstances. Please, help me to be a better watchman and not to let these thoughts, deeds, and actions to enter into my life. Please, let me be of service to You for Your Glory. For Yours is the kingdom, and the glory, and the power forever. Everything belongs to You, God. I believe that Christ forgives me for this sin and will continue to allow me to be in God's and His service, but I have a question. The story in John 21 does not state that He vouched or allowed Peter to enter Heaven. Please, can you clear this up? Matthew 10 was clear about the consequences of this action.
Thank you! Continued blessings 🙏
There are so many days I feel discourage by exactly this I pray for God to change this
Thank you for that scripture pray for me to have gods boldness to tell others about christ and my walk with god bless you
Bless You and Thank You in Jesus' name, Amen
Amen wonderful
Thank you Jesus for your forgiveness
We can be forgiven Amen Thank you Jesus
When Peter was in the courtyard warming himself by the fire, the servant girl came to him saying you are the man that was with him Peter denied then the rooster crowed. He went to the gateway the other woman came to him saying you are an Galilean, you speak like him Peter denied the rooster crowed, Peter went away and wept.
Yes, It was so useful, sometimes we are afraid to talk, to preach and to declare the awesome that Jesus is, but today I can do it.
Amen,Thank you God ,I love you God and I need you God , I have learn something new
I learned something new today Thanks and The Prayer also, GOD still helps us instead of Our mistakes...Jesus is Lord... Jeffrey England...... ,
I love you Jesus and I need you until the end of my time on this earth. In Jesus's name. Amen and Amen
Amen. that just lets me know the God Forgives over and over.
Amen
Lord jesus christ I know that I have been disobedient to you, I thank you for your forgiveness, thank you for your mercy and grace. I love you jesus christ of Nazareth. 🙏🙏
Lord Jesus i pray for grace and forgiveness for each time i were denied your words and to accept you as my personal savoir Tank you for salvation In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth Amen amen Hallelujah 🙏
I confess that I am a sinner. But I feel the presence of the Lord when I repent He wants me to come to Him and never deny Him
Despite my unbelief and curses to God, the Holy Spirit came to me and revealed to me the Love of the Lord, His forgiveness, despite my past transgressions. Words cannot describe the experience I shared with God. He stayed within me for 3 days. Saving me, and through Him I Am strengthened.
God, I pray for your forgiveness, whereas I have denied you many times, when I was at very difficult times in my life. I realize now, it was at those times that you carried me... you never have denied me and I want to be your noble servant. Please give me the strength and wisdom to preach your word, so I too may bring sinners closer to you...
Thank You for Your forgiveness. I failed but You brought me through. Forever Yours.
Thank you Lord for forgiving me, and giving me a glorious future in your kingdom. Amen and hallelujah!!
Thank you Jesus for your teachings and helping me understand . Forgive me Lord, if I have failed you. I ask for your forgiveness if I have offended you or denied you.
Dear Lord, I am sorry for not acknowledging you, when I was going through my Fade and was upset. With you lord, when my mother passed away. Please forgive me for taking my anger out on you lord, I should have been in peace, cause my mother was going home to meet Jesus Christ. So forgive me lord for my sin. That I have repent my spirit to be with you, Lord, I will follow you anywhere my lord. You are awesome and l love you Jesus Christ. In Jesus’s name, amen. 🙏🙏🙏
Amen ! Thank you Jesus for forgiving me the times I’ve denied you ! I don’t deserve your grace and mercy ! In your glorious name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thank you very much Dear lord for your forgiveness..
Thank you for your ministry, I always enjoy these daily devotions. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
God's timing is perfect. Boy, did I need to hear and read this devotional. Thank you Jesus for your willingness to always forgive me for my sins and cleanse me from my unrighteousness. Amen
Thank you lord I no I Failed you but I know what u did for us is true an that even no we go through trial an tribulation you have a plan for us thank you father lord I love u your wonderful name Amen
I enjoyed and appreciate the Devotion
Good stuff to remember!!! Thank you Jesus!
I really enjoyed the devotional it is very inspiring
Keep bringing those beautiful prayers in. Amen it gives me courage and strength. Amen
I know I have at times, I denied Jesus, in the past, but know more, I love him so so much, he's my everything I'm going through a financial burden, but he is getting me through it, so one day I will shout the victory! Alleluia Jesus is Lord! God bless everyone in the world, amen
I found it encouraging please keep my brother in prayer
I pray forgive me Lord Jesus Christ and savior. I love you my Lord Jesus Christ. Please bless all of us in your name Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Amen
I don't ever remember denying Christ but if I did I'm very deeply sorry I'm praying for that very large house in Pine island with four bedrooms and two baths open floor plan for my kids so please pray for me
AMEN!!!!!
Very encouraging during this storm im experiencing right now
Do you think that not telling someone about Jesus, when we have the chance , is denying Him? I feel like it is. Just wondering what you all think.
Amen
I don't truly believe I have ever place anyone before my lord but if I have I humbly ask the lord to please for give me that I did not no in jesus name AMEN. 🙏🙏🙏❤Yolanda curtis
This has mostly like happened to all of us on a daily basis.
Very encouraging during these difficult times.
I myself don't remember ever denieing Jesus ,I was raised and told several times that Jesus do no wrong ,and I've lost family and friends and recently lost my oldest son and never crossed my mind to denie or blame Jesus .Also things have gone wrong for me and to me but it's me or the other person I blamed ,Amen
What an awesome reminder and encouragement today! Thank You! Yes! In 'thoughts, deeds, and action," I have denied Jesus my Lord and Saviour! This makes me so ashamed and discouraged. But, thanks be to God I've repented and am forgiven, because: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness". (Lamentation 3:22-23) Lord Jesus, thank You for Your forgiveness, love, mercy and grace. Each time I stumble and fall You pick me up, turn me around, and plant my feet on solid ground. With Your help, "no turning back, no turning back". I am pressing onward with You as my Guide!
This is so awesome. I personally have denied Christ and have felt I would be condemned. Through the Bible study and these devotionals I am at more peace. Praise be to our Father in Heaven. Thank you Jesus.
We all can be used by GOD so he can get the Glory but should want to Praise God no matter what.
Amen
Sadly denying Jesus is more common than standing for him in my life and I suspect in most believers lives. It comes down to faith and belief in Jesus. It is easy to fit in to your environment and when it is non Christian or not in church, it takes great faith to stand up for Jesus. When we do it is a gift of the God through the Holy Spirit. Our goal should be so filled with God’s love that we boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus’ gospel. When we don’t we ask for mercy from the Lord and pray for more faith in him.