Jesus knows us Better.
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."33 Peter answered him, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away." 34 Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." 35 Peter said to him, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!" And all the disciples said the same.
Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. All the disciples believed they would not deny Jesus and would even die for Him. The disciples did not know their weakness.
Jesus knew all would deny Him when their lives were on the line and told them so. What Jesus says happens. All the disciples denied Jesus when their lives were threatened.
The disciples did not have the power to live for Jesus when their lives were threatened. Later, each of the disciples received the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended back into heaven. The disciples then had the power to live for Jesus and to die for Jesus.
We need to take Jesus at His word when we read the scriptures. Jesus has told us that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Paul tells us we must walk (or live life) by the Spirit so we will not gratify the flesh (sin nature). He instructs us that the life we live in the body (the flesh) we are to live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 5:16; 2:20).
We cannot overcome our sinful nature without the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to delight in Jesus' words because they instruct us how to live abundantly and eternally. Jesus' words instruct us concerning the power we have and how to use it.
Jesus' words are the Bible.
If we are not learning the Bible, we will be deceived by sin, practice it, and experience the failures of sinful ways. If we are learning the Bible and practicing it, then we will live an abundant and eternal life in a sinful world.
The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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