Can I do it Afraid? – HopeStreamRadio Podcast
This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about what I learned from Peter’s Denial. Can I do it afraid?
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As I continued to study Mark for my Lenten study I read about Peter.
Peter reminds me of me. I get passionate and sometimes jump in where I shouldn’t. But I think passion is important. We need to find the heart beat of the purpose for our lives.
Michael Hyatt in his book Living Forward talks about the dangers of drift. (click here to tweet)
If we keep living day to day without a passion we are drifting. I need something to be passionate about.
Peter was passionate about his relationship with Jesus. He vowed never to forsake Him
Mark 14:29 Peter says:
Even if all fall away, I will not.
And Mark 14:31 he says:
Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.
These are strong words, full of passion.
Then the events unfold and Jesus is arrested. The tables are turned. Reality has happened.
Peter denies knowing Jesus.
In Mark 15:71 Peter makes his 3rd final declaration.
I don’t know this man you are talking about.
Then the cock crowed for the second time.
And Peter remembered the words that Jesus had spoken:
Before the cock crows twice you will disown me three times.
As I studied this passage, I kept asking about my following Jesus.
Are there times I hear Him say to do something and I deny Him? (click here to tweet)
I say: “Oh Jesus doesn’t really want me to do that.”
Or “I can’t do that – I don’t have the skills.”
Or “I’m too old.”
Denial is fear.
Now when I hear His voice and I am faced with a decision I ask myself. What is the fear? Can I name it? What is the worst thing that will happen? Can I trust God to help me through?
Podcasting has been a brand new experience for me. This is podcast 52 – a whole year of audio production.
Was I fearful? Oh yes. Did I want to turn away? Yes a number of times.
But my passion was stronger than my fear. So I said, “Can I do it afraid?” (click to tweet this)
When I volunteered to lead a vacation Bible camp at our church I didn’t feel qualified. Did that stop me? No because I had a passion for the children to learn about Jesus. This summer will be my 6th or 7th summer running the camp. Every year, as I pray I wonder, am I getting too old for this. Every year, I do it afraid.
Peter may have denied Jesus but after the Lord’s resurrection Peter became a powerhouse for Him. He broke through his fear and trusted God. He was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Are there things that God has put on your heart but you have held off doing them because of fear?
Grace Fox has written a wonderful book called Moving From Fear to Freedom. She helps the reader see that we can do things afraid when we trust God.
May I pray for you and me?
Lord, we want to be passionate in our following of You. Sometimes we hear Your call but are fearful. Help us to push past that fear and press on to do what You have called us to do, even if we do it afraid. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Until next time, as you read His Word and hear His voice, listen to His call on your life. Don’t be afraid. Or even if you are afraid – do what He calls you to do.
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