THE POWER TO STAND

Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.” Acts 2:14

The night of the Lord’s Supper, Peter told Jesus: “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” (Luke 22:33 NASB). A short time later as Jesus struggled in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter could not stay awake long enough to pray for the One he called Master. With the betrayal and Jesus’ arrest, Peter found himself hovering beside a small courtyard fire outside Caiaphas’s house. There three times he denied knowing Jesus.

Hours earlier, Peter said he would die for Jesus. Yet when the time came for him to stand beside the Lord, he denied knowing Him. It was not within Peter’s ability to withstand such an attack of the enemy. Jesus knew Peter would rely on his own ability and fail.

In the book of Acts, Peter was completely transformed. God’s Spirit was alive within him. The power you have in Christ is all you need to stand securely in the midst of the fierest battle, the deepest sorrow, the longest wait. What Peter could not do on his own, he did mightily in the Spirit of God, and you can too!

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