Summary: Have you ever wanted to just give up? Sometimes, wouldn't it seem easier to simply give in? If you have ever felt this way in life, then this message is for you.

I. Text: Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

A. God expects us to give of ourselves, give of our time, give of our finances. But one thing He doesn’t require of us, and that is to “give in!”

1. God is not in the business of creating losers! He has called and equipped us all to be champions!

2. We must not give in to the lie of our adversary who calls us a “failure.”

3. “Doing Good,” means to fulfill the will of God in your life. Sometimes, it seems hard and the way rough, and, we may even falter, but we must get back up and move on! We cannot afford to give up.

B. We Must Never Believe We Are A Spiritual Failure

1. God does not judge us by our success or failures, He judges us by our faithfulness!

2. Let’s look at a biblical example of someone who could have been called a Spiritual Failure: Peter.

3. As we look at the character of Peter and his walk with the Lord, examine yourself, and see how you compare.

II. Peter: The Reed Who Became A Rock!

A. His Life’s Character- His Fleshly Weaknesses

1. Naturally Impulsive- Mt. 14:28, when he asked permission to walk on the water.

2. Yet tenderhearted and affectionate – When Jesus told him he would deny Him three times, Peter wept bitterly (Mt. 26:75). Or when Jesus asked him three times if He loved Him (John 21:15-17). {Notice Jesus asked him three times and predicted that Peter would deny Him three times}

3. Full of presumption – (Mt. 16:22) When Peter told Jesus that He should not endure the cross. Or (John 13:8) when he told Jesus that he could never let Him wash his feet.

4. Timid & Cowardly – (Mt. 14:30) Like when he began walking on the water toward Jesus and noticed the wind and waves and became afraid and began to sink. (Mt. 26:69-72) When he did, finally, deny Christ three times for fear of his own life.

5. He was self-sacrificing – When, in Mark 1:18, he initially drop his fishing gear to follow Christ.

6. Yet, he inclined, at times, to be self-seeking- (Mt. 19:27) Peter told Jesus that they had left everything to be with Him. In other words, he was asking, ‘What’s in it for us?’

7. Peter was gifted with spiritual insight – Even prior to the outpouring of God’s Spirit. In John 6:68, he recognized that Jesus was the One with the words of eternal life.

8. Yet, he was also slow to receive the deeper things of truth- (is this beginning to sound like someone you know?) In Mt. 15:15-16, we find Peter asking for Jesus to explain the parable of “the blind leading the blind into the ditch.” Jesus’ answer: “Are you also still without understanding?” (vs. 16)

9. While Peter made two great confessions of his faith in Christ (Mt. 16:16 & John 6:69, answering Jesus’ question of who Peter would say Jesus is) – he also made the most cowardly denial of Christ – Mark 14:67-71.

B. Wouldn’t You Say Most of These Characteristics Define A Spiritual Failure?

1. Pride

2. Presumptuous

3. Self-Seeking

4. Coward

5. Fearful

6. Spiritually “Slow”

C. Yet, notice, all these things happened before the Day of Pentecost!

III. Peter’s Seven Steps to Failure

A. Step #1 – Conceit (Mt. 26:33) “Peter answered and said to Him (Jesus), ‘Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

1. Okay, the first key to not failing before the Lord, NEVER tell Him “never”! You’ll probably eat your words! You might say, “With your help and guidance, I will do my best not to fall.”

B. Step #2 – Ease (Mt. 26:40) “Then He (Jesus) came to the disciples and found them sleeping and said to Peter, ‘What? Could you not watch with Me for one hour?” (Notice He spoke directly to Peter) Jesus went on to say (truly defining Peter, by the way), “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

D. Step #3- Rashness – (recklessness or impulsiveness) Just prior to Jesus’ arrest, we find John 18:10-11: “Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

E. Step # 4 – Following Afar Off – As Jesus was to appear before the Sanhedrin, we find Peter “lagging behind” so that it doesn’t appear he is with Jesus. (Mt. 26:58)

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