Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mark 14:37-38 NIV 2011

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

Peter boldly declared to Jesus his faithfulness. Mark 14:31, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.” Jesus knew Peter’s weakness and spoke directly to him upon His second return from prayer time spent with the Father. Because Peter made his overconfident declaration to keep watch, Jesus called him out. The disciples faced temptation; unfaithfulness when hard pressed. David asked to remain faithful. Psalm 51:12, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” God sustains those who are faithful.

 

Finishing an article about a patient, after years of eating the wrong foods and not getting enough exercise, was having bypass surgery. Upon recovery, the patient turned over a new leaf, eating healthy and added in exercise. That behavior was not sustained which led to a second heart attack. By faith I was saved and given a new life in Christ. Like the disciples, I need to daily remain faithful in my walk. When I am weak, He makes me strong. Remaining faithful He sustains me.

 

How do we remain faithful each day?

 

Grounded with God,

S

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