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Fired Up About Jesus – Part 1

Living in the Light / Anne Graham Lotz
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February 13, 2022 3:00 pm

Fired Up About Jesus – Part 1

Living in the Light / Anne Graham Lotz

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Welcome to living in the light with Bible teacher and grandma's this passage that helps Peter maintain a sparsely reflected on the one you reflect on the grace of God in his life. Julie reflected on the gifts of God in his life. He would like to on the glory of God in his life and 40, reflected on the gospel of God in his life.

Welcome to living in the light in the Bible teaching ministry of n-gram logs. Today's message is titled fired up about Jesus can have a godly legacy of an ungodly world. There is not a vibrancy in your faith and that's exactly what man wants to talk about from first Peter chapter 1 the last seven years of my life have been very difficult for three years. I stepped aside from traveling and speaking.

I concentrated on social media and on radio and stay home to take care of my husband and he was in deteriorating health, but was a joy in my life to take care of Danny lots for three years full-time and then four years ago, I found the husband unresponsive in our pool and I rushed into the hospital on life support. Two days later we disconnected from life support and my husband went to heaven year and 1/2 ago.

Danny went to heaven also and 99 you think we were expecting actually, we weren't expecting at that time that morning and the thing about my husband and my daddy they both left without saying goodbye, and I don't know if you had that experience but there's no closure.

You just got one more time you like to say I love you and miss you and thank you and you know that you have that chance because they're gone and then one year ago on the same day so interesting. One year ago I was diagnosed with cancer and very same day years previous.

I found my husband and went through surgery and follow-up treatment. Send all of the rest. And so it's just been seven years of horrendous challenges now want to say as clearly as emphatically as I can fired up about Jesus I've never believed in a more for me and we will think you can leave a godly legacy world is your relationship with Jesus is all and boring and ho-hum ball game or something you see on TV or the stars and about the Lord Jesus Christ. How can we pass the next generation care. So for you and me think it's imperative that we be about Jesus going to leave a godly legacy ungodly world and this is something I wanted to ask the apostle Peter. You know you after the end of your life and at the end of his life. The apostle Peter was imprisoned he was facing execution.

Tradition says he would be executed by crucifixion upside down. He was living in an ungodly world because Nero was on the throne of God told people to worship and when they didn't import a persecution on the Christians he burned them at the stake truths about them on cross the line.

It was a very ungodly world in which Peter lived in Peter imprisoned facing his own execution by crucifixion upside down just standing there with his arms crossed and looking down through the centuries that you and me and long gray beard, weatherbeaten face maybe still tan from his ears on Galileo eyes twinkling and singing on some I've been beaten up and imprisoned been flogged up and persecuted and I want you to know something I'm still tired up about Jesus and we would say Peter how do you maintain your fire, and therefore, things that I believe he reflected on that help to maintain his if you turn to first Peter chapter 1 the first 12 verses everything to you. Since you may not be as with them as other passages and then I'll plot the first thing that I think help to maintain a sparsely reflected on basis.

Peter and apostle of Jesus Christ to God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Conchas glacier, Asia, Bithynia been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the father through the sanctifying work of the spirit obedience of Jesus Christ and the sprinkling by his blood, grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish spoiler. Kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power under the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time in this you greatly rejoice now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

These income so that your faith and greater worth than gold, which perishes even the car may be proved genuine and may result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

You have not seen you love him even though you do not see him now, you believe in your field and expressible in glorious joy receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls concerning the salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things they have not been told by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these four things I see in this passage that helps Peter maintain a sparsely reflected on the one he reflected on the grace of God in his life like that on the gifts of God in his life like on the glory of God in his life and 40, reflected on the gospel of God in his life. So let's look first of all, the grace of God in his life. He says it has three aspects during the first Peter says I was chosen by the father and we could go back and remember when Peter was chosen when he first became aware of it. He was on the Sea of Galilee amending his nets and his brother Andrew came up well I actually don't know he was his little brother.

Not for some reason I think of Andrew's a little brother but it doesn't really say that he was his brother and he came up to Peter and said Peter, the Messiah, and Peter looked and how would you misfire not just come and see. So he took Peter and Andrew introducing the Jesus of and I think Peter might've said he is a good man.

He might've been a prophet but he would never say he was the Messiah's appeal went back to his fishing boat and several days later he is mending his nets and he sees the same man Jesus, walking along the shoreline. He saw his great crowd of people. Jesus called out to him and said Peter cannot come in your boat and preach from your boats are like a floating pulpit and Peter said sure nothing better to do on the Jesus Condon, his bony preach the crown after he preached turn to Peter and he said Peter he said let's go fishing and Peter looked at him and said Jesus, I'm sorry the fish are biting seven fishing all night. Haven't got anything that would be futile. Jesus, I wonder if he just looked at him and twinkling and said that Peter let me take you fish and Peter might've thought, you know what is a city boy from Nazareth know about fish but anyway so he said okay they pushed out from shore and they went fishing and when he fish the way Jesus and he put down his they brought in so many fish thing that broke an impact on Peter's life was dramatic because he fell down on his knees and he said get out of my life made me feel so dirty and Jesus said some your name means wishy-washy impulsive compulsive I'm going to change her name to Peter because you're going to be so steadfast in your faith you're going to be like a rock, Peter. You follow me and I'll make a fisherman in Peter dropped his fishing net and he climbed out of that fishing boat and he left his father's fishing business and he became a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. Think about it for moment out of all the people living on planet Earth and all the people living in Judea, and all the people living in Galilee and all of the people that Peter was chosen by the father to be a disciple of his son. That's just God's grace is you. When did you become aware that you've been chosen by God to belong to James, when did you first to Andrew who told you about Jesus. Maybe it was your pastor and church youth leader and some church hamper may visit your mother's watching daddy on television or one of his meetings are reading a book reading your Bible and somehow you knew that Jesus was your Savior, your Lord and you claimed them for yourself and asking to be your Savior and commend your hardened born again into his family and when was it that you became aware that yes you chose Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. But yes, God chose you to belong to the son, don't get all weirded out by predestination. I love what Jerry Falwell said he said the more he preaches the more God chooses so what is a blessing for the amazing grace of God that all the people living on planet Earth.

All the people living in the United States. All of the people living in your state. All the people living in your city.

All the people live in your neighborhood.

Why would you become a father to belong to the sun and yes, you chose to.

You heard the gospel you received Christ by faith.

Whosoever will make comments a very conclusive invitation, but you turn around and walk through that door of salvation. You turn around and those whom he foreknew he predestined from the foundations of the world you found you were chosen by the father put securities God doesn't make wrong choices chosen by the father is a love gift of the sun not only chosen by the father, but he was being sanctified by the spirit.

He said, and to be sanctified change from glory to glory in the we become pleasing to the father and conform to the image of Christ. And Peter, I can imagine how much that meant to him because he was such a failure and remember when Jesus took him up on the Mount of Transfiguration and Peter went to sleep in the middle of the night. Is this blazing light and he looks up and he sees Jesus transfigured in his glory and his light coming from and was as brilliant as a son, but wasn't reflected it was coming from with in Jesus and you stand there with Moses and Elijah just blurts out all my goodness is one for Moses and the logic Jesus God leads out of heaven and is Peter would you get with you know Jesus is one of the boys is like one of the properties in the solitude of himself. This is my son, you listen to what he has to say.

And then Jesus asked Peter you say I am Peter said I believe you are the Christ.

I believe you the Messiah. I believe your God walking there is any human body. And Jesus said Peter you said well only God could reveal that to Peter. I'm going to the cross and Peter who had just said. Jesus was the son of God said no you're not. I got a better plan your life is still on the throne and rule the world on the road with you and Jesus said Peter Satan is speaking through you and remember when Jesus warned Peter you going to deny me. Peter said Lord Allen about these other disciples what they're up to, but I will never deny that for you before the cut crew that Friday morning tinnitus with Rita. We Jesus to come to the garden of Gethsemane, said Peter. I need someone to pray with Peter went to sleep and Jesus came back and woke him up to Peter. I just need some to pray for me. Peter went back to sleep third on Jesus and even bother waking him up. But when Peter finally did wake up, he saw the Roman soldiers placing Jesus under resting site pulled out a sorting aim for the nearest St. Peter you've been sleeping when he should have been praying and when you do that you don't know what the will of God is ever done that you sleep when you should be free have no idea what God's will is and so we went to find the Roman soldiers and cut off the ear of the servant to the high priest and Jesus had Peter put up your sword Jesus healed Marcus his ear even while he said I could call on 12 legions of angels if I wanted I intend to go the cross. The cut of the father shall not drink. Peter was a failure again and again and again was sort of his MO and what wave you failed if you failed as a parents have you failed as a sibling is a boss is a church worker is a ministry leader in business as a neighbor failure so painful, especially when it's repeated, you begin to listen to. This whispers in your ear just a failure would never amount to anything, just a failure never amount to anything just to fail.

I failed in many ways, recount them here, but it made a very special setting an audience like this and Darrell Dr. Alan Redpath is preaching a great preacher from Great Britain, and he asked the audience in which I was seated this question. Is that what you think God expects of you, and I was thinking of obedience and holiness. He's asked again what do you think God expects of you, nothing will read my Bible and praying he asked again what you think God expects of all God ever expects of you is failure and I wanted to say I can do that. I can live up to the expectations of God and then he said he's given you the Holy Spirit that you need never fail in our flesh in our old nature.

We can do nothing to please the Lord just failure after failure. After that, even if it looks like were successful on the outside and God's nothing else returned but in the spirit. When the spirit takes over and the spirits leading us in working through a second Corinthians chapter 3 says were being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the spirit and as we do hold him in Scripture and reread our bottles with flower bottles and where they are about as we live it out no matter what it cost, and we live it out. Then the Holy Spirit changes us from glory to glory character to character one day. John says in first John, that old nature is going to drop off and were going to be like cheese. Praise God would be sanctified if you've been failure and take a lesson from Peter doesn't have to be fun. You turn your life over to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in if he can make something out of Peter even make something out of you and make something out of and he gets the glory.

And the third thing, he was nominally chosen by the father been changed by the Spirit clans about the son by the sprinkling of his blood when I was a little girl right across the valley was eight or nine, I remember was a good Friday for the exact year I was watching a picture of Jesus about Jesus on television and came to the crucifixion scene and felt deeply convicted that Jesus was dying because of massive and I got on my knees beside my bed in the upstairs room and I told Don I was sorry and asked him to forgive me that I wanted Jesus to be my say probably did that for me and asked me to be my Savior come into my heart. I believe I was born again. On that day when I was eight or nine years of age and at that time.

At that point in time when I asked for forgiveness I was forgiven of all of my sin, because all of my sin, past, present and future, all of it was fugitive Jesus 2000 years ago when he died right so many died, and he offers you forgiveness for your sin is not just the sin of that day or you up into that point in your life is all of your sin. For all of your life is under the blood of Jesus, you are forgiven you are forgiven you can just live in your forgiveness, but we continually clans about the sun because we still see about you, but I still sin. And when I said I need to come back by faith to the cross and confess my sin, not for forgiveness. I'm forgiven. You understand I don't have to repeat that prayer the sinner's prayer because I know I'm forgiven but I come back for cleansing that my relationship with the Lord might be fresh and clean and that there might be that intimate fellowship between us that sin can hinder and block Peter and John chapter 13 Jesus was washing the disciples came to Peter and wash my feet and Jesus ever fear about wash your feet, you have to pardon me, and so Peter said will the Lord wash all hear from head to toe in Jesus and Peter.

You've been locked or magical.

All you need is your feet to be washed and in other words, when we come to the cross and were forgiven of our sin. All of our sin is forgiven and will have to come back to the cross for forgiveness. We just come back to have her feet. We just come back to confess our sin that we would be cleansed and restored relationship with God, Ray truth is like me to use this illustration, but she was a student at Baylor University and I was on the phone with her live in Raleigh North Carolina long way away and we had a disagreement on the phone about her courseload. I think it was that we can't really remember the details but anyway disagreement. She hung up and I tried to call her back and I couldn't get her left messages are the roommates she would call me back in as happened was speaking in Dallas and so she was at Baylor and so I got in the car and I drove down to Baylor showed up on her doorstep and she was surprised to see millions.

I cried and she cried. Not sorry for pushing courseload that I thought she should take and she said she was sorry for the way she handled them anyway.

We both cried and prayed together and our relationship was restored to the point I want to make.

She never cease to be my daughter and I never cease. The lover, but our fellowship was broken because of that situation. If you been born again into God's family. You will never not be born again. Okay, you can you cannot lose your rebirth, you cannot lose your salvation. Once you are born again that's forever in your child of God. Yes, you are but sin will come when it comes in your life it can make you feel like you've lost your salvation, and even the smallest skin so come between you and the Lord that you lose that sweet tender fellowship that you had when you were first. So who here needs her feet washed before you go to bed tonight asked the Lord to bring your conscious mind is there some sin some habits and attitudes something you've done something you haven't done he saw anyway he knows about it sooner going to be telling something doesn't already know, but he's waiting for you to come and confess that the he is faithful and just he will claim to all unrighteousness.

But you have to come in as prescribed. Peter, can you imagine the grace of God in his life that he was chosen by the father to be a disciple of the song that he was being sanctified about the spirit and the spirit would take this failure. Who would repeatedly fail and turn them into the apostle that preached a Pentecost established the early church and open the door for the gospel to go to the Gentiles who would think of failure could do all that, except for the sanctifying work of the spirit.

He was being continually clans by the sprinkling of the blood.

So as he reflected on God's grace in his life. I think he was fired up about two and that it wasn't only God's grace in his life, but God's gifts. Capt. fired up and in verse three he talks about the living hope of the resurrection. You can imagine Peter here after the crossing, see Jesus die knew he was buried, and Sunday morning he heard Mary banging at the door. We was held with the other disciples. The upstairs room open the door. Mary was saying something about grave robbers, the tomb was empty and he and John ran through the early morning streets. They came to the tomb. Peter ran inside it was empty just like Mary said. He went out and could make sense of it, and then later the women came to the tomb and remember, they came in, the angel said to them, Jesus is not here he is risen, go and tell his disciples and Peter that he is risen from the dead. Remember the two disciples. Later that afternoon, Sunday afternoon.

Those two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus and Jesus came and walked with them and they did not was Jesus.

And sorry, talk to them along the way and they got to their house broke bread with him when he broke the bread. The eyes were open, they knew it was Jesus that he disappeared from the turnaround. They ran all the way back to Jerusalem and a bursting that upstairs room and he said we've seen the Lord. He's appearing to and to Peter so somewhere in between. When the women sign and when the disciples on the Ms. Rose on he had a personal, private encounter with Peter and Peter had experienced the risen Lord Jesus Christ give you when you do the last thing Jesus ever heard them say without knowing knowing I don't know when Jesus was being led from the house of Caiaphas the full Sanhedrin.

He stopped and just looked at the searching gaze of love and Peter I told you I warned you say is designed to sift you like. We put off prayed for you and when your faith is strengthened to be strong enough to strengthen other Peter was in front experiencing the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Can you imagine the thrill of the living hope of the resurrection. Fear of facing his own execution meeting Jesus alive after death was confirmed in the fact that there is life after that this life is not all there is.

The best is yet to come through this really even when were not facing us good just to know at this stage in my life. I know it sooner than later, but I know that I'm going home that I have eternal life, and because of the resurrection of Jesus is open heaven for me and for you and not only that, but I think the resurrection the living hope of the resurrection means that failure is not final that God gives a second chance Peter beside gallantly driven when Jesus came to after the resurrection, and Jesus fixes breakfast for him and asked him three times. Peter do you love allowing Peter to confess his love denied him three times and in Jesus and Peter if you love me do something about it. I want you to serve and Peter.

I wonder if he thought me you want me after what I have done. After all my failures have not denied you and you will and he serve you. This has been living in the light please take advantage of all the free resources that and Graham Watts.org to help and encourage you in your walk with God and in your study of his word. Join us here each week for living in the light


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