Memorable Scripture: Deny or Rely

Matthew 10:32-33
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

I wonder if these words popped into Peter’s mind right as the crowing began.
I know it once worried me.
I remember the first time I read it as a new believer. I surely did not want Him to deny me so I figured I need to make sure I did not deny Him.
How many ways are there to deny Him?
You can just tell someone “I don’t believe in Jesus” or “I don’t need salvation.”
But you do believe. You have accepted His salvation.
Do you live like it?
To say you’re a believer but live against His teachings is a denial.
In my opinion, to be flippant about church is to deny Him.
Never reading your Bible (outside of church) is to deny Him.
To look around and see if anyone is watching you before you pray in a restaurant is denying Him.
Having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim 3:5) is a denial.
Lets’ return back to Peter for a moment; yes, he denied knowing Jesus but he wept and repented.
He became the preacher of Pentecost and a leader in the early church. He set aside his Jewish traditions to minister to a Gentile household.
When it came down to the end, he never denied Jesus again and gave his life for Him.
Don’t deny Christ but rely on Christ!

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