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Take Another Lap

  • The rooster crowed the second time. Peter remembered the words that Jesus said to him, 'Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.' When he thought about that, he wept. Mark 14:72 WEB.

    Peter said that he would die before he would deny Jesus. Then later that night, Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times in a row. He was scared. Fear can be a powerful enemy. Sometime later, Peter overcame his fears. Decades later, when he was crucified by Nero, Peter asked to be crucified upside down. He saw himself as unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus had been. Peter stopped denying the Lord and died for Him just as he had promised.

    We do not face the weaknesses that we have just once, but multiple times, until we overcome them. It is not, "Once cleaned, always clean," either. I have seen people fall right back into something that they crawled out of more than once. For example, if you lose your temper every time someone does "something." Then you will face that "something" time and time again until you master it.

    A good friend of mine called it, "Taking another lap." Just as Israel spent forty years circling the same mountain in the wilderness, we can spend forty years of our life going around the same problem.

    Learn from the things that upset you, or cause you to stumble. Be on guard, for just as with Cain, sin crouches at the door, and it desires to have you. When you feel it coming on, face it with a smile and the right attitude. Pass the test. When you beat it, chances are that you will never have to face it again. Or we can take another lap.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am weary of facing this same problem over and over again. Forgive me, and please give me the grace and wisdom to deal with this once and for all. Guide me and help me make the right decisions. Give me a clear warning when the test is coming and let me be prepared for it. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable'if anything is excellent or praiseworthy'think about such things." ~ This week our fun theme will be 'Focus on Hope = Focus on Lovely' and is open wide for creative interpretation! Please give me ALL the lovely, noble, honorable, pure and right things you can muster up for me to focus on over the next week or so as we navigate through my new medication, unwanted but necessary time off work, a plethora of tests and due process in search of answers and solutions. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we always like to encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some of my favorite things to focus on: Family, Hearts, and Nature of course Thank you in advance for flooding our group with lovely things and hope to help the hubby and me keep our faith strong. Much love and God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Lord ,Help me make right decisions and follow thru with it. Thank you in Jesus’ name I pray! Amen
Sep 29
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Sep 29
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father please help me, I need You

Sep 29
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Wonderful Jesus,please help and guide us to live for you and your glory. Amen 

Sep 29
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Sep 29

Amen. I will face my fears and anxiety with You Lord Jesus. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen 

Sep 29
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In the Lord Yeshua's name I ask, Amen.

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Lord, guide me and help me make the right decisions. Thank you. Amen!

Sep 29
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 29
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Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown

Amen! Yes my Heavenly Father, I am weary of facing this same problem over and over again. Forgive me, and please give me the grace and wisdom to deal with this once and for all. Guide me and help me make the right decisions. Give me a clear warning when the test is coming and let me be prepared for it. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

 

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I 'm a sinner please help me to overcome my fears and lead me through Your word, please forgive me and give me the grace and wisdom to deal with it once and for all. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Lord hear my prayers. 

Great devotional to follow Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Sep 29
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen

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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

In Jesus Christ name Amen. 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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