Weekly Howdy 3/28/2017
by LPCC Admin on March 28th, 2017

​Mark 14:27 “then Jesus said to them, all of you will run away, because it is written…”

As you follow Jesus you will face moments of great distress. At times it will seem that events conspire to cause you to stumble in your relationship with him. You don’t create the problems and you don’t initiate the circumstances, but they arise from opposition. Nevertheless, failure is the end result! The disciples faced such fierce opposition because of Jesus and his teachings, that they all failed him on the night that he was crucified.

Peter boasted that he was incapable of forsaking Jesus. But Jesus assured the disciples even before their failure that it was inevitable. The Scriptures had prophesied it. God always knew the disciples would fail his son; and as we do God’s work there will be those who oppose us. God was not caught by surprise when the disciples failed his son. He made provisions for their shortcomings, knowing he would eventually develop them into apostles who would fearlessly preach the gospel and teach others. After Christ had risen from the grave he met Peter along the seashore, he did not ask Peter for a confession of his sins, no, but he asked Peter 3 times, “Peter do you love me?”

You may fear that your failures have caught God by surprise. Perhaps you promised, just like Peter, to stand with Jesus, but you failed. Just like God knew the disciples would fail Jesus, he also knows that we’re going to fail him too. If you are facing challenges that seem overwhelming, don’t be discouraged. God has already foreseen them and prepared for them.

1st Corinthians 10:13 ; “no temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

As we prepare for the Easter celebration take time to reflect what it is all about. Christ came to die and be the final sacrifice for my sins and yours on the cross. But the cross and death was not the end. It’s the resurrection and our living Lord that separates our beliefs from all others.

Have a great week!         
Pastor Terry

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