By the Enemies Fire

Posted: May 18, 2011 in devotion, inspiration, religion

 By the Enemy’s Fire But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
Matthew 26:58

A series of steps led to Peter’s denial of Christ. The first was self-confidence, and the second was following at a distance. The third was hanging out with the wrong people.

In Luke 22:55, we find Peter warming himself at the fire in the courtyard of Caiaphas, who was trying Jesus—we might call it the enemy’s fire. At this point Peter was worn down, defeated, and weak. He was vulnerable, and the last place he should have been was at a fire surrounded by unbelievers.

Matthew’s Gospel tells us that he sat down with the servants to see the end. He was resigned now to the fate of Jesus. There was nothing he felt he could do So he was just sitting there. Peter was with the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time, about to do the wrong thing.

That is why we need to give a lot of thought as to who we spend the bulk of our time with. We think we are influencing others, but the question is, are they influencing us? We think that we are pulling them up, but the real issue may be that they are pulling us down. That is why Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” Have you ever noticed the progression—or shall I say the regression; of the words in Psalm 1? First there is walking. Then there is standing. And finally there is sitting.

When we fall into sin, it most often begins with a series of steps. And when we hang around with the wrong people in the wrong places, we are going to end up doing the wrong thing. You know… Sin is a horrible thing. It makes you feel, well… Just plain bad. It makes me feel week, sad, hollow and empty inside. I just really hate it when I sin. And, after you sin… You know.. There is someone always there to rub it in. The devil. He’s there to kick you down when your down. He’s there to remind you of all the wrongs you’ve done and everything you’ve done to offend our Lord. But, remember my Brothers and Sisters that the Lord died for you. He sacrificed His very Life for ours. He gave His Blood for us. And He forgave us all for all our wrong doings… It’s up to us, to forgive ourselfs.

So the next time you wonder, “Should I..” or “I don’t know if I should hang out with…” stop and listen to your heart and reminder yourself’s this, if Jesus were standing right next to me this very second, is this very thing I am about to do worthy of the Lord Jesus, our Savior?  Is what my action’s that I am about to partake reflecting the glory of God or does it justify our own means of self glorification instead?  Remember, life is too short to waist any second not in the presence of our Lord.  You never know when that second will be your last second here on earth.  I personally wouldn’t worry about that “last second” if I were you… if it were me, I would worry about the seconds to follow because in those seconds, we all will be judged and held accountable for our stewardship here on earth.  What will the Lord say to you when you stand in front of him?  So, please be concerned about what your are doing and who you’re doing it with and is it for God?  Ask yourself’s that…

Until the next time, God Bless and good luck!

Brother Jonathan R. L. Spann


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