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December 13, 2021 7:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ enters the people it sometimes just have to find I get about notes on that next layer invited me feel.
See Peter fails right in front of the board and the little train that you see he felt as bad as a person could feel her joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is once again he shows us God's word meets our becomes very painful, very difficult process to work through life doing what was going to feel good and I thought I thought that doubt.
It just seemed like I was so tired of the fighting in my marriage and it would be better for me to just do something like what you get that where that come from God. God so yeah I think it's going to be a few nights till it and enjoy God said one man one woman, one lifetime so and by the way, very few Christians know that I don't know that there's very few that don't know that we did it anyway why I don't believe that I believe for me to see I go ahead and do it. It happens in every different aspect of our lives. I know people that are better Christians over all these years and you know why they won't forgive somebody hurt and well and are just bitter and bitter about everything but their bitter Wiley bitter because God said okay hurt you be better.
Celecoxib I think you said you forgiven how often 7×70 infinitely. In fact, he said you need to forgive, exactly the same as Christ forgave you as a God said so what are you doing I'm not forgiving. Okay see almost every time it's a crisis of faith. We don't act upon. As though what God is telling us is true and react in a different way and then we have what we would call spiritual failure so behind spiritual failures is a spiritual enemy and behind spiritual prayers, a blindness to own our own weaknesses and a dullness appearing of God's warnings, and also behind spiritual fighters of failure of our faith.
Now the 4.0 is important when we fail God's grace points us back to him and gives us hope that's the business cards God's grace points us back to him and gives us hope back to Luke 2222 again. Now we get back to Luke 22 the first person I look at it one more time is 32 just that verse. I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail in you when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. That's what Peter scalded get out there and do your ministry. Now let's turn to verse 54 and look at what happened. Having arrested him.
They led him away and they brought him to the house of the high priest and Peter was falling at a distance get Peter some kudos or see anyone else's following Peter is following so is like wow that he has encourage short-lived. He said after they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and headset time together. Peter was sitting among them, and a servant girl seeing him as he said in the firelight.
Looking intently at him, said this man was with him to not remember it's not like lighting here. It's just a fire in the middle courtyard and pitch black area and this girl and she's a servant. She has no word for anything. She's just staring at him and said this man was with him.
I've seen this man, but he denied it and he said goon air woman. I don't know now what would you if you said that right in wind you be thinking that just a very short time ago Jesus had said some to you think that know I don't even know a little later another Simon said you are the one of them to an Peterson man.
I am not and it's emphatic and greatly put the verb in the front. No way, José know. After about an hour had passed another man began to insist certainly this man also with them for he's a Galilean to an Peterson man. I do not know what you are talking about. That's a very kind translation English depending on the bricks glory Arriba some of the resources peters cursing here. I try to make it nice in English. I don't know that blankety-blank got me while Mrs. Barack know that I don't know middle immediately while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Now what's this this is a horse rated by grape the Lord turned he's in the same eyes range as Peter.
The Lord turned and looked at Peter, could you imagine it, you deny him three times and then he's being preoccupied party being abused by his captors and he just turns and looks at you and your understanding after your done.
Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had told him before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times and he went out, they wept bitterly. Sorry, just like you and I only fill is very sorry. He wept bitterly of what happened to how you think he feels like you would worthless worthless can believe it three times. Right now I weigh one of the things only fill often as we want to keep it pretty much as private as possible going mean something some of your failures, you keep totally private. No one on earth even knows you fell get You in the Lord. Then there's the people that sometimes just have to find out you know I get involved in those on that next layer where people will confide in me how they failed to see but we don't. But Peter fails right in front of the ward and the Lord will try that Adam you go told you this. See he felt as bad as a person could feel how that's the context. Now go with me to John chapter 21 the aftermath and the funny part of John 21 is they have seen Christ twice after he was resurrected from the dead, that would leave an imprint on you. I think without a doubt for forgiveness resurrecting the dead, but they're still not sure. And the reason is you have received this in the past because in the world we live in. The one thing you and I both know about good people is there dead, you don't know anyone with dad and then they're not dead. And again, what did people state that so that's sort of the context here now. All of them decide in verses one and two.
They all decide to go back north up to Galligan Segan, Lisa Simon Peter said to them in verse three. I'm going fishing and they said then we will also come with you and they went out and I got into the boat and that night they caught nothing fishing at night, best time to fish and the reasoner fishing is what is Peter is a fisherman. So what's he doing. I filled the Lord so much. I can be used for anything else. I'm going back to what I always did. I'm going to go back sometimes happens this.
I've known people that I've known that have been in counseling fill the Lord so much that they stayed away from the Lord and went right back to a lifestyle they have before they begin Christian because God said God is totally rejected me because my failure, which is not true. So they go fishing in a catch nothing but when the day was now breaking. Jesus stood on the beach. Yet the disciples did not know was Jesus says her Jesus said to them, children do not have any fish to you and they said no and he said to them, back cast the net on the right hand side of the boat and you'll find a catch is as funny in so many ways. These are fishermen Peter not a professional fisherman. You think they've cast on the right side of the boat. Any that night. Yes okay what what is Jesus not not efficient is that it is cast over in the right side now.
The funny thing is, though he probably said with an authority that you kinda recognized in excess of a cast and then they were not able to hauling in because of the number of fish hits the water fills the net. Therefore, the disciple whom Jesus loved, which is John said to Peter, it's the Lord someone Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord. He put his outer garment on for he was stripped for work and he threw himself into the sea about 100 yards offshore. It's the Lord. So he's got jumped in the water that's heading to shore the other disciples came in a little boat for they were not far from Lynn about 100 yards away, dragging a net for fish and so when they got out on the land they saw a charcoal fire already laid in the face placed on it and bread and Jesus and bring some of those fish which will now caught in Simon Peter went up and drew the net the land for large fish, 153, and although they were so many the net was not torn.
So Jesus said to them, come have breakfast.
None of us disciples ventured to question who are you gonna want to. I love that they do this often is just like us. Ever notice that this this is my posture in the Hebrew class when I was thinking Hebrew great was better.
The rental Hebrew never ask a stupid question but if I open my mouth and ask a question and wonders it guys really stupid, you know, everyone knows the answer that they don't want to dance.
They don't want to ask the question, can ask you know I'm looking at school years Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them than the fish. Likewise, this is now the third time that Jesus was manifested disciples after he was raised from the dead. Now the point. So when they had finished breakfast. Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Joe. You love me more than these, and he said yes Lord you know that I love you and he said, can my lambs what he said in Luke 22. Strengthen your brother not exchange their something interesting about this. Let me read it in Greek Simon son of John, do you agape me now agape is the most intense form allotments the way God loves us. It's it's choosing to love. It's not a friendship for O kinda love and it's not Eros is not feeling kind of this is a choice to love the wait for God so loved the world of God to love me agape. He said Peter do you agape me now Peter says yes Lord, I feel I owe you.
Why guilt how can I say agape you then I do three times is not agape. After I bragged that I would die for you. I filled you miserably useful. Well, so he said to him again a second time.
Simon son of John, do you agape me Peter said to him.
Yes, Lord, you know that I follow you is within Shepherd my sheep nowadays is figuring this out as Peter doesn't want because he feels like such a failure and he said to him 1/3 time.
Simon son of John. You love me Peter was grieved because he is in your time. Do you love me because what he said this time. You follow me, Jesus change the word do you follow, he said, Lord, you know all things you know that I flower you.
Jesus said tend my sheep while what happened here in the Mr. Peter's failure. Even in the mist of course you know what Jesus is telling Peter, you are not a fisherman you're a follower of me. You're my disciple. Let's get about your business, you're not a fisherman in an interesting Jesus never asked Peter to do his failure.
You know how you feel me doing you feel guilty about that. Jesus, you said you love me you know I do, Lord is in this good about like the business. Let's get about doing what you been called to do. That's what I said early feeling does not make you a failure.
He said this is what you're going to have to do.
How did Peter do with this extraordinarily well and ends up being crucified from the tradition upside down. He has no problem giving his life for the Lord is doing exactly what he was called to do when you and I feel that's exactly the way it works for us.
It works exactly the same way God shapes and prepares imperfect instruments to do his work. That's us.
He knows our frame.
He knows what about best we nosy we fail, the best men in the Bible most used of God, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Peter all felt in a cataclysmic scale feeling does not make you a failure because of God's grace and forgiveness. That's why you're out of importantly for us, though failures are designed by God to help us learn to grow. She once your perspective when you fail pity party.
You see, this is just terrible looking unworthiness.
God can use me.
I've done it doesn't want that you realize and for most of us. Failure is probably the beginning of real spiritual success were leftist with God help us illustrate this. Thomas Edison on this article this week. I find it kind of compelling. Thomas Edison invented the microphone to photograph the incandescent light. The storage battery talking movies and more than 1000 other inventions. On December 19 in December 1914. He had been working 10 years on a storage battery. This a greatly strained his finances. This particular evening, a spontaneous combustion had broken out in the film room within minutes all the packing comp on solenoid for the records and filmed and other flammable goods were in flames, five companies from eight surrounding towns arrived, he says, but the rest of the heat was so intense, and the water pressure so low that they could even douse the flames at all. Everything was destroyed. Edison was 67 years old with all his assets going up, and one instantaneous fire. The damage exceeded $2 million is total insurance that he had on the buildings was 238,000 I was wondering how much is 2 million worth in 1914, just astronomical. Today, with this really break us. The inventors 24-year-old son Charles search frantically for his father. He finally found them calmly watching fire. His face glowing in their reflection is white hair blowing in the wind. My heart ache forms a trolls. He was 67 no longer young men and everything was going up in flames and when he saw me he shouted Charles was her mother. When I told him I did know a simple finder bring her here should never see anything like this again as long as she lives next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said this, there is great value in failure all of our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.
Three weeks later, after the fire.
Edison managed his first phonograph, what perspective there is great value in all of our mistakes are burned. That's us. So what can we do one just acknowledge your failure that's first John 19 we are to confess our sins if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse a small and righteousness that were confesses the word Homo legato. It doesn't mean what you think confession is about me. Not all Homo same thing to agree upon homeowner domains to agree with God about your sin. That's what it means acknowledge your sins if you acknowledge your sin. He said he is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins cleanse you from all unrighteousness. That's his work, not yours. Secondly, repent before God. In other words, change your mind, change directions got 180° sort of thought to it. Just repent. Thirdly, receive restoration from God's desire to restore you is that with all the men I talked about earlier and then for the open to be used of God in a very unique and special way.
Some of our failures of made is uniquely qualified for certain ministries. I know Christians who were drug addicts and is amazing how effective they are drug addicts and Christians were alcoholics how amazingly effective they are with other alcoholics in the 1990s and wanted our summary for seminar manner led the seminar was a homosexual and it wasn't just a homosexual. He was a homosexual porn star and it made over 1000 pornographic movies is a homosexual came to Christ when he was there he was married and had three kids in his ministry to the homosexual community had been amazing.
Just amazing. Why, he understood them secret is a will gotta never use me.
How can you be a homosexual movie star and ever be used of God we can be use in a special way from God because you were a homosexual. She that's the point. God can use our failures in really unique ways to help us minister to other people who are filling in the same way.
Failure can be the first great step in the road to success for all of us. I want to change the words of Clarence Advani Angel second class just a little bit. No man or woman is a failure who has Jesus Christ as their Savior spray. Father, we all know we all fail.
Sometimes we deny it.
Sometimes we try to hide it, then sometimes we acknowledge it and then we feel like failures because of that we become spiritually inept.
We don't believe you could really forgive us. We don't believe you could really use us. But those truths don't come from you. They are lives to come from the enemy failures part of our lives. All I asked for each and every one of us is that we are cognizant of using failure to become successes for your glory and for our pastoral government on the radio ministry of fellowship, nor if you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you like listening to the message one more time. Remember that you can Google great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen the fellowship and the word online that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of our previous audio programs as well Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible.
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