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Sunday Message: A Second Chance in Life

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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January 10, 2021 3:00 am

Sunday Message: A Second Chance in Life

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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January 10, 2021 3:00 am

We can’t change the past, but as Pastor Greg Laurie shares in this Sunday morning episode, Jesus can take our endings and turn them into new beginnings! Listen in for much-needed encouragement from the life of the apostle Peter in Mark 14. It’s the latest in our series, The Gospel for Busy People. 

Notes

We see problems, God sees solutions. We see failure, God sees potential.

We see an end and God sees a new beginning.

God can take our endings and turn them into beginnings.

Read: Mark 14:27–31 NLT

Every temptation has a way out.

“Happy is the person who patiently endures testing and temptation.” —James 1:12

God has built a wall of protection around you!

When God allows us to go through fiery trials, He has a purpose.

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room I would not fear a million enemies.

Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” —Robert Murray M'Cheyne

1. Peter’s first step down was self-confidence.

Many men in Scripture fell in the area they were known to be strong in.

2. Peter’s second step down was a result of prayerlessness.

Mark 14:37–40

Prayerlessness can be as much a sin as breaking a commandment.

  3. Peter fell because he trusted human efforts instead of God’s power.

Mark 14:46–47

4. Peter fell because he was warming himself at the enemy’s fire.

Mark 14:66–68

“He went in and sat with the servants to see the end.” —Matthew 26:58

5. Peter’s fifth step down was his denial.

Peter’s setback stands as an example of the fact that nobody is above falling into sin.

Scriptures

1 Peter 5:8

Luke 22:31–32

1 Corinthians 10:13

Luke 22:32

1 Peter 5:10

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the Grigori podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events. From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry's go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast.

Everybody wanted to grab your Bible and turn to Mark chapter 14 in the title of my message is a second chance in life we have three more messages in the gospel of Mark.

My next two messages are in a very important topic on the to be talking about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ affected someone came up to me and said you can only preach two more messages before you go to heaven. That is a topic I would choose to speak on the death and resurrection of Christ, because that is the heartbeat of the gospel on the heels of this Mark series or starting a brand-new series on the book of Revelation. So let's pray in them will begin father blessed. Now this time is we look at your word. It is true and we need truth in such uncertain times we commit this time a Bible study to you now in Jesus name we pray. They met again the title of my message is a second chance in life. I don't know if you read that story that was in the news about Amanda. What a hippo as his pet. He lived in South Africa and this man named the hippo Humphrey and he adopted him when he was a little calf and according to this man.

This 2000 pound beast was like his pet he would write it after he got a little bit bigger he would play with them. He would even brush its teeth which seems to be a daunting task. I think that would take a pretty large toothbrush and the owner said, quote he's like a son to me and then he went on to say people think you can only have a relationship with dogs and cats and other domestic animals, but I have a relationship.

The most dangerous animal in Africa." I think you can imagine how the story ended. I'm sorry to say that Humphrey the hippo turned on its owner and tragically mauled and killed him. That's because hippos are not good pets because they're dangerous. Remember years ago I was in Africa and so I stayed in a little tinted camp and they warned me at night. Be careful of the hippos nonthinking the hippo will how, why, what I have to worry about hippos older out running around at night in the attack and kill people and they told me more people are killed by hippos than lions in Africa. I can hardly believe it, and sure enough that neither heard some noise outside of my dead and opened up the little flap and looked out and there was a hippo and those things move fast on land so I don't think that the owner realize that Humphrey was a hungry hippo and he would strike when white tell the story because in the same way. Sometimes we may think that well this sin in my life I have control of it. It's like a little cat I'm always going to be able to not be overtaken by it. I'm sure when Humphrey was small I don't know if he was ever all that small, but when he was smaller at least that is owner never thought he would get his big and aggressive as he became, and we think the same thing about sin. It'll never overtake me.

Then one day it does weave a story before is now in the Bible of a man who was overtaken by sin. I man who probably never realized that one thing would lead to another and through five steps he fell away from the Lord in this man was a full-fledged apostle of Jesus Christ and his name is known to all of us.

I wanted tell the story of Simon Peter and his fall and his restoration. Hence the title, a second chance in life. We cleared 2020, now or in the new year.

This is a good time to look back and ask ourselves some honest questions about last year, starting with this. Did I progress or regress spiritually in 2020. Did I move forward, or did I fall backwards if you felt back in 2020. This is the perfect time now and 2021 to learn from Peter's mistakes and move forward in your life. I might even say fall forward in your life. Because if you fall and mess up and learn from your mistakes that's stealing for.

But if you mess up, and you don't learn from your mistakes will that just been stupid. Okay so let's learn from the mistakes of Simon Peter, of course, Jesus came to Simon. His given name, a title he said from this point on, you're going to be called Peter which means rock. Now I think the other disciples might have a little bit of a chuckle at that moment because everything okay. There's a lot of things we could say about Sima, will you not describe him as a rock.

He was sort of unstable at times and vacillating in impulsive almost the opposite of a rock. But Jesus gave him a name that he knew Simon would grow into with time in the same way we don't see the potential in our lives that God sees. We see a lump of clay. God sees a beautiful base or Vos I we see a blank canvas.

God sees the finished cleaning. We see a piece of coal.

God sees a refined diamond. We see problems.

God sees solutions we see failure God sees potential we CNN and God sees a new beginning and so Peter was going to have a fallen Jesus told him he was going to have a fall and maybe some of you a fallen spiritually in the last few months are in the last year but listen the past cannot be changed but our response to it can be because God can take our endings and turn them into beginning, let me say that again because I know I'm talking to somebody right now that is made a mess of their life.

I want you to know this God can take your ending and he can turn it into a beginning so started to pick up what we last left off in the gospel of Mark were in the upper room.

Jesus is having this final meal the last supper with his disciples and he has revealed that one of the apostles is going to betray him to a man they say is it me, Lord, is in me and at that moment Judas Iscariot was dipping his bread at the same time the Christ was. And Jesus identified the betrayer and he said to Judas, whatever you do, do it quickly. The Bible says that that moment Satan entered Judas his heart and so Judas goes out now to betray our Lord for 30 pieces of silver, and now we see what happened to Peter as this was all unfolding look with me if you will, at Mark chapter 14 starting in verse 27, by the way, everything from the new living translation. On the way. Jesus told them all of you will desert be for the Scriptures say God will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, but our primaries from the dead. I'll go ahead before you went to Galilee and I'll meet you there.

Peter said even if everyone else desert you. I never will.

Jesus replied well I tell you the truth Peter, this very night before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me know. Peter declared emphatically, even if I have to die with you. I will never deny you and all the others doubt the same now. Luke's Gospel gives us a few more details about this conversation.

Jesus turns to Peter and says this Simon.

Simon, Satan is been asking for you that you would be taken out of the care and protection of God, but I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail.

And when you have returned to me. You need to strengthen your brothers.

Can you imagine Jesus saying something like that to you means hanging out and Jesus turns to you and says your name twice and says Satan is been asking that you would be taken out of the care and protection of God. I wonder if he just pause for effect. What Satan Satan himself is been asking for me by name. He's been asking for you. But then he had sees words. These reassuring words but I have prayed for you. This is a reminder of how the devil works sometimes will say all the devil tempted me the other day.

I think it's very doubtful that you've ever been tempted by the devil himself.

Let me explain.

The devil is a powerful spirit being. But he is nowhere near being the equal of God, a God is omnipresent, which means he is present everywhere Satan a powerful fallen angel can only be in one place at one time. Now I'm not saying you weren't tempted.

I'm just saying when you were tempted. It was probably not see himself, but one of Satan's minions.

Not that kind of minion, but you know him. One of his demon powers doing his dirty work, but in this case with Peter, the devil himself came calling.

But notice that Jesus says Satan is been asking for you by name. Satan had asked first the sender. This the devil can do nothing in the life of the child of God without our father's permission, let me say that again, the devil can do nothing in our lives without our father's permission and God will never allow us to be tempted above our capacity to resist a first Corinthians 1013 verse I memorized as a teenager and I still remember it says God will not allow you be to be tempted above your capacity to resist but will with the temptation make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. No, this temptation can be resisted every temptation is an opportunity to run to God and there is a blessing promised to the man or the woman that resist temptation over in James 112 it says happy is the person who endures temptation for when they are tried the receive a crown of life. So don't tell me you can overcome your temptation.

Don't tell me you can't stop drinking. Don't tell me you can't stop looking at porn. Don't tell me you can't stop turning to drugs time and time again the question is do you really want to be free from that stuff Jesus as the men who had been disabled for a soul like this question. Do you want to be made whole. What kind of question is that the ask a man that obviously doesn't like the CDs in. It's a very good question because not every person wants to be made whole. Not every person wants to be delivered from drugs.

Not every person wants to change the life that their living so it's a question we need to ask, do I really want to change. Don't tell me you're being tempted above your capacity to resist because with every one of those temptations. There was always a way out wasn't there. It's usually the first bite that gets us into trouble. I don't know about you but when we go to a restaurant and we can do a lot of that. Right now California but someone we would go out, you know we'd be donned in several would say you want to get dessert. No, no, nobody wants dessert and then the server comes, can I tempt you with the desert even use or attempt in their voice even sounds like that present recent 10-Q and some says okay will have one dessert with five forks right so the desert arrives and I said I don't want any of that dessert.

Everybody's digging in and then I decide to take one little by the moment. I take that first bite. I'm like a shark smelling blood in the water. I go into a feeding frenzy. And so it's good for me to not take the first bite.

It's good for all of us to not take the first look or play around with that thing or think we can conquer it like that guy with Humphrey, the hippo we need to keep our distance God is put a hedge of protection around every believer in the story of Job, which is the oldest book of the Bible.

The devil comes to God and once they have a time of bringing difficulty in the life of God's servant Job, and that the devil says correctly of Job. Have you not put a hedge of protection around him and yes it is true, the Lord allowed a series of hardships that befall his servant.

But in the end God bless Job in a wonderful and powerful way. My point is there is protection in our life. And there's always a way out of every temptation and when the Lord lets us go through times of trial that allows us to be tempted. It's for a purpose. He's trying to make us stronger. But remember, Jesus is praying for you every now and then people come up to me and say you know we pray for you Greg and your family every day and if you're one of those people from the bottom of my heart, let me say thank you so very much. There's no greater gift that you could offer to me than to say you pray for me or pray for our family are praying for our church. Thank you so much for that, but I have to be honest with you knowing Christ is interceding for me even means more.

There's an old commentator from days gone by. His name is Robert Murray McShane and he made the statement and I quote if I can hear Christ praying for me in the next room. I would not fear a million enemies yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me." I think about that Christ himself praying for you. I remember once talking with Billy Graham and I said, Billy, would you pray for me any pray for me right there and I thought all men this person to be heard in heaven. This is Billy Graham. Pray that I'm talking about Jesus himself praying for you because over in Romans 834 we read these words. Who is he that condemns Christ Jesus who died more than that was raised to life is at the right hand of God. Listen he's interceding for us. So who will separate us from the love of Christ. So trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword.

Yes, he was praying for Peter and he's interceding for you as well.

And Jesus is saying you'll be back.

Peter and Luke 2232 Jesus says that your faith should not fail and when you've returned to me will strengthen your brothers.

Peter understood that Nancy wrote about it in his own epistle. First Peter 510. He said after you suffered a little while, God will restore you and strengthen you and please you want a firm foundation so Peter could speak from experience. He had suffered he had fallen. He had experienced restoration. Why was the devil targeting Peter in particular, I think it's because the devil also saw Peter's potential he could see that he was first among the apostles when Peter said he was going to do something they would all usually follow after Christ died in the cross and they hadn't seen the risen Lord. Yet Peter said I'm going fishing belted will go with you. He was sort of the leader, the devil often targets leaders. That's why you need to pray for those who are in leadership. Maybe you feel like you've been being tempted a lot and attacked a lot by the devil. Maybe that's because he sees your potential as well, so where and as a badge of honor. Now there are five steps that lead Peter down to his denial of Christ here. Step number one if you're taking notes is first step down was self confidence, self confidence, go back to Mark 14 verse 29 Peter said to Jesus, even if everyone else dessert you I never will.

And this is after the Lord revealed that Judas would betray computers objectively think even if Judas betrays you all. I'll never let you down.

I and he's almost posting at the expense of others, even if these others fall short. All I remember you give me the new name Rob I Rocky will never let you down. You know it's never a good thing to boast of your commitment to Christ, especially at the expense of someone else. It's never even a good idea to boast about how much you love Jesus rather boast about how much he loves you. Our love is fickle. It's changing it's often changing God's love for us is consistent. I love how the apostle John described himself as the apostle whom Jesus loved, now that Mama sound arrogant when you leave the apostle, that Jesus loves you just state the facts he loved me.

I feel loved by Jesus, and we can call ourselves a disciple that Jesus loves as well so was first step down again was self confidence in saying these words at all.

Never deny you are. For Christ that he would was actually placing unfounded confidence in himself and it was also directly contradicting what Jesus said listen.

Jesus said to Peter, you will deny when Jesus says something will happen. You can take it to the bank. If the Bible tells us something is going to happen in the future. Trust me, it's going to happen in the future and but in Peter's mind even if everyone else abandon the Lord. Keene never would look at verse 31 of Mark 14.

He says even if I have to die with you. I will never deny notes an interesting thing when you look in the Bible you find that often men and women of God fell in the very area that they normally were strong and so as an example, we have a light when we think of only think of a life we think of fire call fire down from heaven with legal boldness, bravery, standing up there in Mount Carmel representing God. But what happened after the fire fell amount Carmel there was a contract put out on the prophets life by Queen Jezebel and Elijah ran initiated in a key so he was cowardly and afraid, when he was normally known for his boldness.

Abraham while he's the father of faith only think of faith we think of Abraham. Yet he had a serious lapse of faith when he lied about Sarah being his wife seen she was his sister because he was afraid of what would happen about Samson known for his superhuman strength. He was overthrown in his moral weakness.

This is why you must never lower your garden any area of your life.

See, it was self confidence, heard a story about the two ducks and a frog like to hang out together and upon informer brown steel and one summer the little pond dried up because it was a trot.

So the frog went to the docks. This is a true story and set him guys are going to help me out here, I'm stuck here but it but if each of you would take a stick and each of your beaks. I can hold onto the stick with my mouth.

You could fly me out here so the doctor said okay will do it and so they each grabbed hold of that stick with their beaks and the little frog jumped up and grabbed it with his mouth and is are flying out a farmer brown steel farmer rounds down there and he looks up and he sees this amazing site of two dots holding the stick in their beaks with a frog holding on by his mouth, but he said that is an amazing thing. Who thought of that in the frog said I did see let go. He had to take credit right. The Bible says pride goes before a fall. Peter second step down was prayerless.

This I'm not even sure if that's a word but it's a real thing prayer looseness.

How many of us would be honest to admit that we need to pray more.

I know that I do and to Peter was sleeping when he should have been praying, going back to Mark 14 verse 37 during the garden of Gethsemane.

Now Jesus says to the disciples, Peter, James and John watch with me watching pray and we read these words. This is from the new King James version. He came and found them sleeping and said to Peter, Simon, why are you sleeping could you not watch one hour watch and pray less you enter into temptation.

The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.

Again, he went away and prayed and spoke the same words and when he returned he found them asleep again for their eyes were heavy and they did not know what to say to him, here's Jesus contemplating the horrors of the cross in the garden of Gethsemane and according to Dr. Luedtke's sweating, as it were great drops of blood literally sweating blood as he thinks about what is ahead.

All he asked for was a little companionship from Peter James and John and they fell asleep. You know it's interesting in the Bible. Sleep is spoken of is sort of a negative thing it says to Christians. Now is the time to wake up for our salvation is near and when we first believed. And we all know what it's like to fall asleep at an inappropriate time, maybe fallen asleep in church, by the way, pastors know when you fall asleep and I think it comes as a revelation, the people know that not only can you see me when I'm speaking that I can see you when someone nods out. They make good put their hands up to their face like the prank I know you're sleeping okay especially when you start snoring but tell we always deny it warmer sleeping for some reason some of us should you posing don't know if you did these guys fell asleep but you see, Jesus was getting them ready for boys.

You need to pray because he knew a storm was brewing.

He knew that hard times were ahead and they needed to be pray literally the devil's son is on his way with some armed guards to arrest Jesus and it's a reminder to was that prayer looseness can be as much of a sin is breaking a command see there's not just sins of commission. That's when you do what you should not do, but their sins of omission when you don't to what you should do. The Bible says to him that knows to do good and does not do it to him of this in some of the Lord impresses upon your heart. The need to pray and you don't pray that to be a sin. Jesus is saying to Peter Ames and John guys you need to pray yeah whatever were gonna get some Z's. Right now I was a mistake.

His third step down was Peter trusted human effort instead of God's power.

He trusted human efforts. Instead of God's power. Verse 46 of Mark 14 they laid their hands on him and took them in one of them who stood by, drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, not his gospel gives us a few more details about this Jesus said to Peter, put your sword in its place for all who take the sword and live by the sword will die by the sword.

And then Jesus is the Peter, don't you realize I could call my father. He would send 12 legions of angels.

Now, in fairness, we can understand Peter's outranked Judas Iscariot. He's hung out with this guy for three years plus thought of him as a thought of him as a friend in need here is Judas who betrayed Jesus and how to Judas betrayed Jesus.

The Bible says with a kiss.

I mean, couldn't Judas if they located the guy pointing to that Jesus arrest him or the guy I'm shaking his hand.

Areas he betrays him with the kiss and in the original language. It wasn't just a peck on the cheek.

It was repeated kiss is a form of intimacy and entities appearing to be someone who loves Jesus what he has been trained him and Jesus says to Judas as he approaches friend, why have you come friend should've said fiend why have you come. Jesus knew what he came but I think Judas visited but Christ was giving to Judas one last opportunity to repent of his sin and Judas did not take it.

Remember, Satan filled Judas is part soap. Peter just ticked off these angry he's a fisherman, not a sword. When he called out the sword only takes a swing off comes the ear of a guy named Mao, cousin of the gospel tells us probably was leaving the charts and Jesus reaches town Pyxis man's ear and reattach his so the last miracle of Jesus before he died on the cross was the healing of a man who was coming to arrest and was also a miracle that was done to cover the blunder of a disciple. What an amazing story that is know this is a reminder to all of us that were in the spiritual battle and need to find a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons I mentioned earlier that America really needs prayer right now. I think a lot of people think everything is a political solution.

It isn't America needs a spiritual healing. Remember what God promises in second Chronicles 714 pieces of my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Lawrence is out here from heaven forgive their sin and heal their land. O Lord, heal our land. Let's pray for our country right now. Father America needs a supernatural touch. We need a spiritual awakening our asking right now in the name of Jesus Christ that you hope you will help us to take to heart what that promise of second Chronicles 714 says that we would turn from our wicked ways that we would seek your face, Lord, heal our land. You promise to do so, we asked for that Jesus name, amen. Two more steps that led to Peter's fall, step number four.

He was warming himself that the enemy's fire. He was warming himself of the enemy's fire go back to Mark 14 verse 66 we read as Peter was below in the courtyard. One of the servant girls of the high priest came and she saw Peter warming himself.

She looked at him and said, you also were with Jesus of Nazareth, he denied it, saying I don't know or understand what you're saying and he went out on the porch and a rooster crow number would Jesus said, you will deny me three times before the rooster crowed twice and is always warming himself on the fire. Have you ever tried to go undercover as a Christian, sort of. Hide your faith go unnoticed in the larger crowd following at a distance. Peter became cold and was attracted to the warmth of the fire didn't think that anyone would recognize him there. Now he is following Jesus, though, so we have to give him some credit is a runaway but is not doing anything either. In fact, were given the detail here in Matthew 26 verse 58 we read that Peter went and sat with the servants to see the end to that's what he thought it was the end.

There's no more hope everything's going up the tracks Jesus and Peter's estimation was supposed to establish his kingdom and drive out the Romans and now he's been betrayed by one of us.

And now he's going to die and across but I guess I'll just stay here and see the end but it was not to be the end it was going to be a beginning a new beginning. It's not a bad thing that he was warming himself by a fire buddies with these people around the fire. The Bible says in Psalm one Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, or stands in the way of sinners or sits in the seat of the scornful to that's what was happening. He was mixing in with this crowd and he's called out right there if it is said yes I'm a follower of Jesus, but he denies it.

Denial number one now is for step down another denial looks gospel tells us some time elapsed before the first and second denial so Peter could've left that place but he stay inexplicably here plenty of time to think about it and we might criticize him for probably the second last time you were tempted. Did you flee did did you remove yourself from the place where your being pulled down when that scene in the movie came on the screen. Did you walk out of the theater or if you turn the TV off when your buddy mocked or cursed God, did you speak up for your fate that temptation from the girl that came your way, did you fling that Joseph did see it's very easy for us to critique but will you do the same and we get compromise and that's what Peter was doing right now he was trapped in a miserable web of compromise.

Suddenly someone recognizes Peter look at Mark chapter 14 verse 69, and a servant girl saw him again and began to see that those who stood by. This is one of them, but he denied it again a little later those who stood by Peter said to him again. You're one of them for your a Galilean, and your speech shows it, and he began to curse and swear, saying, I do not know the man of whom you speak a second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the words of Jesus and said, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times when he thought about it. He wept, you're a Galilean.

They said that we don't understand what that means necessarily, but it was sort of an insult because of those that lived in Jerusalem, a sophisticated city at the time thought of the people that lived in the region of Galilee as a bed. Been at a lower level would be sort of like saying that you're a country bumpkin or your unsophisticated or you don't know what you're talking about your educated like we are in Jerusalem and the and then Peter denies again and the rooster crows, Peter should have just come clean and admitted he was a follower of Jesus Christ but verse 71 says he began to curse and swear, saying, I do not know this man of whom you speak, and then the roast rooster crows number. The Bible says he cursed and swore.

It doesn't mean that Peter swore like a sailor, though he was a sailor but it's a different term it means to take an oath and the swear to God, so it will get best be described as the worst illustration of taking the Lord's name in vain, Peter effectively said, I swear to God, and I take an oath right now.

I never knew Jesus Christ now Luke fills in an important detail. Luke 22 verse 59 while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed listen the best in the Lord turned and looked at Peter and then Peter remember the word of the Lord what he had said to him, and he went out and wept. The Lord looked at Peter thought the very moment of his third denial in the rooster crows who appears on the scene.

Jesus there leading them from one place to another, and he makes eye contact with Peter. Imagine that if you can.

What kind of expression was on the Lord's face too big. He rolled his eyes at what a loser you think he looked at Peter with scorn and anger. No, actually I think he looked at Peter with deep love did this all come as a surprise to Jesus. No, he knew Peter would do this. He told Peter he would do this. Did Jesus know Peter would fail absolutely.

Once Peter still a believer at this moment.

Yes, he was believers can fall believers can stumble, but believers can get up again. Peter needed to remember that Jesus said when you have returned, you will strengthen your brothers. In other words, this setback is temporary.

See for Peter.

This setback was going to turn into a set up a God was going to use this failure as a way for Peter to encourage other people.

Yes, his mess would be turn into a message. This is a great example to us that anybody can fall into sin. But Peter was really repentant. The Bible says he wept bitterly. The Bible says godly sorrow produces repentance to everyone's goodness in when you sin and feel bad about that.

That's a good thing because it means your conscience is worth what you can send it sin again and even since a more even doing that committing the same sin repeatedly feel no remorse, no guilt, something isn't working right in your heart and in your soul the conviction of the spirit that will produce guilt is a reminder that you need to get right with God. Peter wept bitterly. Are you sorry for your sin. Now let me ask a follow-up question. Are you sorry enough to stop. This is a hopeful story because Peter went out of web bitterly, but three days later, Jesus rose again from the dead and what was the message it was.

Go tell the disciples and Peter is risen. Why was it a go tell the disciples in John are good to go tell the disciples and then your Matthew it's go tell the disciples and Peter.

Why was Peter singled out because he needed a special word from the Lord. My talking to someone right now that needs a special reminder from God that you are loved by him will let me say that to you God loves you. God longs for a relationship with you and when you run from him or fall spiritually. He longs for you to return to him again. God says in Jeremiah 322 return you faithless people and I will cure you of backslide houses all possible to the death of Jesus.

Where was Jesus headed. He was headed to the cross to die for the sins of Simon Peter to die for the sins of the apostles to die for the sins of all the people of that day to die for the sins of people of every generation he was going to the cross to die for your sins and mine. I love the way that the apostle Paul personalize that when he said of Christ, he loved me and gave himself for me. It's personal. Jesus died on the cross for you wife because he knew there was no other way for you to be made right with God giving good works will get you to heaven. Do you think living a better life is going to get you closer to God. It won't know you see every one of us fall short of God's glory. Every one of us breaks his commandment, and that separates us from him. But Christ died for our sin and paid for our sin. So what you need to do to come into this relationship with God. What you need to do to be forgiven of your sin. What you need to do to know that you go to heaven when you die, or what you need to do to come back to the Lord is admit you're a sinner turn from that sin and put your faith in Jesus.

Would you do that right now. Yes, there can be a second chance in life for you Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later is alive and share these knocking at the door of your life anything if you hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in so wanted to open that door, so to speak, why don't you invite Jesus into your life.

Listen if you would like your sin forgiven if you would like to know that your go to heaven when you die if you would like that second chance in life. I've been talking about. You can pray a prayer with me right now. I'll pray a simple prayer will ask you to just stop what you're doing wherever you are if you bow your head close your eyes if you like pray with your eyes open.

If you want, but I would ask you to print this out loud. This is a prayer where you are asking God to forgive you of your sin. A prayer, we are asking Jesus Christ to come into your life or prayer with your recommitting your life to the Lord. If you need to do this, do it right now with me. That's pray pray these words Lord Jesus, I know that I am a center but I know that you are the Savior who died in the cross for my sin.

I turn from my sin. Now I choose to follow you from this moment forward.

Thank you for hearing this prayer. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray that everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast in the learn more about harvest ministries.

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