Mark 14:53-54

“And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire.”

  • Notice that Peter followed Jesus on this night, but he followed Him at a distance. Also notice that by following Jesus at a distance, Peter became part of a group that were not followers of Christ. Peter’s denial of Christ became stronger each time he was asked about his affiliation with Jesus. Peter’s downfall happened quickly on this night. He went from standing with Christ at all cost to denying Him to all who asked. Do not let the crowd you are with dictate your relational walk with Christ. If you remain strongly connected to Christ, the crowd will not matter. You will either be one of the crowd, or a member of God’s great cloud of witnesses. Following Jesus at a distance may not always lead to denial, but it always shows lack of commitment.
  • How close are you following Jesus and who do you hang out with?

Proverbs 15:16

“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.” Which of your earthly treasures are you willing to give up to be closer to God?

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Proverbs 15:13

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” Does your face reveal a heart that is a testimony to the greatness of Jesus Christ?

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Proverbs 15:1

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” We have total control of how we talk to others. We must choose to either honor God or to remain prideful and self-righteous. May God be glorified in our responses. Do your answers induce anger or turn people from it? Matthew 12:34 “…..For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Proverbs 14:10 “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” James 1:19-20 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Dear Lord, please guide us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

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Proverbs 14:32

“The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.” Finding refuge in your death will only occur through Jesus Christ.   Will you find refuge in your death?

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Proverbs 14:21

“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.” Sin is the attitude that starts long before the action.

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Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Not allowing God to lead often leads to some of our greatest disappointments and wasted efforts, however, submitting to His will, always brings peace and joy. Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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