“I will not deny You!” #680

33  Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” 34  Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35  Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples. (Matthew 26:33–35, NKJV)

We are tempted at times to overestimate our fidelity to the Lord. Peter thought himself immune to the temptation to flee when Jesus told His disciples He would be struck down (Matt. 26:31). In spite of Jesus telling Peter he would indeed deny Him three times, Peter still clung to his self-confidence. He would die before he would deny Jesus! All the disciples took courage from Peter’s declaration and joined in with the same pledge. No one is beyond temptation and sin. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” warns us against self-righteous pronouncements of self-assured resistance of temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). He will give you a way of escape that you may be able to endure and prevail in Him. Take the Lord’s way of escape when tempted, and prevail through Him.

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