John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Monday, December 15, 2014

2nd Lesson about Peter

Learning how to follow Jesus by Faith and not by sight only.

Today we are bringing you another study about the life of Peter. He was one of the disciples that Jesus called to follow him and became a fisher of men. Much has been talked about Peter, and today we are here to talk about this man aswell. Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostleswhich would start the church of Jesus here on earth. The twelve received their call, just as you and I did aswell. I believe there are many lessons we can learn from  Peter's life.
As far as  I know  about temperaments that humans have;  Peter was a coleric leader by nature. Having a coleric temperament for a leader is great, because then leading will be easier, the hard part is to subject to another person to lead at the same time.
In the Church of Christ, we are ambassadors of His Kingdom; But just as Jesus subjected himself to the Father, so we must to submit to Him.
Mt. 4:18 - "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers;"
Mt. 8:14 - "And Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother in bed, and a fever."

Jo. 1: 40.42 - "was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, one of the two who heard John speak, and followed him. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon, son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (which means Peter). "

In Mt. 10: 2 we read as follows: - "Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; ". Mark 3:13 and Luke 6: 12-16 also describes the same. Jesus made sure to choose the men he would train as apostles. as Jesus called Peter to follow him. Peter left everything and followed him.
I do not know how many of us today, at this point if God appeared in our workplace and said: Follow me! How many would have left our employment, and everything; than rise and follow him? Well, actually Jesus says this to all of us as well. Because Jesus said in another passage that if we keep his Word, we are his disciples. Do you keep the Word of God? To keep here means to live according to the Word of God; and not as you believe it to be right.
John 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples." Jesus makes an emphasis of teaching to stay in the Word of God; and if we do this we will be his disciples. It is easy to criticize Peter as he denied Jesus three times. It is easy to point the finger at others finding errors in them. But what about us? Is it easy for others to find errors when we do not act right before God?
Peter was a human being like you and I, prone to failure and also a courageous man who was facing life without fear. But we see that he had a need to be transformed, just like you and me too.  Let's look at Peter's life a little more.
Peter was:
A fisherman man - before he met Jesus Peter was a fisherman.
disciple maker - after Jesus call him, he was transformed into a disciple.
transformed man - Peter needed to be changed, he was a human being - with a sinful nature.
An anointed Man - Peter was anointed by Jesus. Jesus called him, transformed and anointed him for his calling.
Na obedient man and a servant - Peter was obedient to his master Jesus, and served Him until the end of his life.
man transformed into an apostle - Jesus made Peter one of the 12 apostles.
Equal to every human being, Peter began his journey as someone who had problems, had good talents and was a brave man; however, he needed to be transformed by Jesus. After Jesus called him, Peter started walking by faith. He watched Jesus and he saw that Jesus was not just a prophet; Jesus was different. Peter reached the understanding, given to him by the Almighty that Jesus was the Messiah for whom Israel was waiting.
On another occasion the disciples went with the boat to the other side of the sea, as Jesus commanded them. Jesus came walking upon the water. When Peter saw that he took courage to act upon faith. Please note, he learned that he should act by faith; Jesus had taught this to them. It was for this reason that Peter did so. We read in Matthew 14:28 that Peter decided to walk by faith; let's read the verse: - "And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water."
Let me ask you something, and be sincere. Would you have done what Peter did? Or you would have been on the boat, watching someone who dared to act by faith and walk by faith; without knowing the result of his action, believing that Jesus would take responsibility of the outcome?
And today are we prepared to act by faith and walk by faith, or do we prefer to see and then have faith? Well, I have good news for you if you expect to see first and then act; in this case you are not walking by faith and yes, walking by sight.
2 Corinthians 5: 7 ". (For we walk by faith, not by sight)" God wants to disciple us as he did the twelve, including Peter; to learn to walk by faith; and not by sight. We must learn to listen to God and follow his command by Faith. How is faith applied in practicle life? We have two verses in Hebrews 11 that teach us this, we will check.

Hebrews 11: 1,6 "1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; . because it is necessary that he who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him ". In verse one it tells us what faith is; and in verse 6 tells us to approach God we need faith. If you put the description of the first verse in the sentence of verse 6 we have the following:
"But without 'the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen' is impossible to please him; because it is necessary that he who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. "Can you see yourself acting like that? Let us learn from Peter to be transformed into a true disciple of Jesus. Amen?
May the Lord bless us to learn every  step of the way to walk by Faith.
Antonina Penner.

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