Mark 14:66-72

“While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”

  • One of our greatest pitfalls is wanting to satisfy the crowd. Pilate wanted the crowd’s opinion on what he should do with Jesus, and Peter did not want to upset the crowd by admitting that he was a Jesus follower. We all must decide how close we will follow Jesus and how bold we will be in our stand for Him.
  • Will you stand up for Jesus when others will not?
  • Will you seek righteousness above pleasure?
  • Will you treat others as Jesus did or will you seek to satisfy the crowd?

Mark 15:12 “”What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.”

Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

Dear Lord, please give us strength to live for your glory and not our comfort. Amen

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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