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Summary: PETER’S STATE OF MIND AND SPIRIT.

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I. PETER’S STATE OF MIND AND SPIRIT.

A. HE HAD BOASTED AND HAD BOLDLY AVOWED HIS UNFAILING ALLEGIANCE TO CHRIST.

1. MATTHEW 26:33, 35 "PETER ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, THOUGH ALL MEN SHALL BE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF THEE, YET WILL I NEVER BE OFFENDED... PETER SAID UNTO HIM, THOUGH I SHOULD DIE WITH THEE, YET WILL I NOT DENY THEE."

2. PROVERBS 16:18 "PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION, AND AN HAUGHTY SPIRIT BEFORE A FALL."

3. THE GREATEST BARRIER BETWEEN SOME CHRISTIANS AND GOD’S OMNIPOTENT POWER IS THEIR OWN SUPPOSED STRENGTH.

B. HE FAILED TO WALK THE TALK.

1. HE TURNED AWAY FROM CHRIST - MATTHEW 26:56 "BUT ALL THIS WAS DONE, THAT THE SCRIPTURES OF THE PROPHETS MIGHT BE FULFILLED. THEN ALL THE DISCIPLES FORSOOK HIM, AND FLED."

 TO SIN BY SILENCE WHEN THEY SHOULD PROTEST MAKES COWARDS OUT OF MEN.

2. HE DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM CHRIST - MATTHEW 26:58 "BUT PETER FOLLOWED HIM AFAR OFF UNTO THE HIGH PRIEST’S PALACE,"

a. HE SAT WITH THE CROWD - MATTHEW 26:58B, "HE... WENT IN, AND SAT WITH THE SERVANTS, TO SEE THE END."

b. CONFORMITY IS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL DISHONESTIES OF ALL. WHEN WE REJECT OUR SPECIALNESS, WATER DOWN OUR GOD-GIVEN INDIVIDUALITY AND UNIQUENESS, WE BEGIN TO LOSE OUR FREEDOM. THE CONFORMIST IS IN NO WAY A FREE MAN. HE HAS TO FOLLOW THE HERD. - NORMAN VINCENT PEALE (1898- )

3. HE DENIED BY PLAYING DUMB AND AVOIDING THE SUBJECT TO AN INDIVIDUAL.

a. MATTHEW 26:69-75 "NOW PETER SAT WITHOUT IN THE PALACE: AND A DAMSEL CAME UNTO HIM, SAYING THOU ALSO WAST WITH JESUS OF GALILEE. BUT HE DENIED BEFORE THEM ALL, SAYING I KNOW NOT WHAT THOU SAYEST

b. THIS WAS A DENIAL OF PRETENSE.

c. TWO FOLD - PRETENDING WE ARE SOMETHING WE’RE NOT AND SHYING AWAY FROM REVEALING WHO OR WHAT WE ARE.

d. IT IS EASIER TO WEAR A MASK. AN UGLY FACE IS SOMETIMES BETTER THAN A REAL ONE. THUS ARE WE AFRAID TO SHOW EACH OTHER WHO WE REALLY ARE. - CALVIN MILLER

e. WE ARE SPLIT SPIRITUAL PERSONALITIES. WE SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO ONE SET OF PRINCIPLES AND LIVE BY ANOTHER.

4. HE DENIED BY WITH AN OATH TO A CROWD.

a. MATTHEW 26:71-72 AND WHEN HE WAS GONE OUT INTO THE PORCH, ANOTHER MAID SAW HIM, AND SAID UNTO THEM THAT WERE THERE, THIS FELLOW WAS ALSO WITH JESUS OF NAZARETH. AND AGAIN HE DENIED WITH AN OATH, I DO NOT KNOW THE MAN.

b. PROVERBS 29:25 "THE FEAR OF MAN BRINGETH A SNARE: BUT WHOSO PUTTETH HIS TRUST IN THE LORD SHALL BE SAFE."

c. MATTHEW 10:33 "BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL DENY ME BEFORE MEN, HIM WILL I ALSO DENY BEFORE MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN."

d. WE CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT GOD BEHIND HIS BACK. WE CANNOT SPEAK OF GOD IN HIS ABSENCE... THE GOD WHO IS BEING DISCUSSED IS ALSO THERE. THE ATTITUDE PEOPLE TAKE TO HIM CAN NEVER BE MERELY THEORETICAL. TO DENY HIM IS TO SPITE HIM TO HIS FACE.

5. ONE HOUR LATER HE DENIED BY CURSING AND SEARING

a. MATTHEW 26:73-74A AND AFTER A WHILE CAME UNTO HIM THEY THAT STOOD BY, AND SAID TO PETER, SURELY THOU ALSO ART ONE OF THEM; FOR THY SPEECH BETRAYS THEE. THEN BEGAN HE TO CURSE AND TO SWEAR, SAYING I KNOW NOT THE MAN.

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C. PETER WAS CRUSHED, DEVASTATED BY THE REALITY OF HIS DENIAL.


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