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Peter was undoubtedly deeply discouraged by his failure of Christ in denying Him three times.  It only hurt worse to think of how he had been able to envision the possibility of his fellow disciples’ defection --- but not his own (Matthew 26:33).  Furthermore, Jesus had even warned him that this would happen, but he stubbornly refused to accept it (v. 34).  Little wonder when the rooster preached to him of his disployalty he went away and “wept bitterly” (v. 75). 

The truth is, all of us have been where Peter was.  Maybe our sin hasn’t been exactly the same, but we don’t have to look too long or too far before we can find a way that we’ve been disloyal to Christ.  And as we grow, sin begins to hurt us because it hurts Him.  Sin is not some nice theological abstraction --- it is relational infidelity to our Lord and Savior. 

What to do? 

We do what Peter did --- with God’s help, we get up and keep going. We will stumble but we won’t stay down!  I came across this message in lots of different forms and thought they all had something to say. Some are familiar, some are not, all encourage us to keep going in the Lord. I hope they speak to you in a way that encourages and challenges you not to stop serving God.
  •  You aren’t defeated when you lose; you’re only defeated when you quit.
  • Winners never quit and quitters never win.
  • If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.
  • When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
  • Don’t quit.  You’re already in pain.  You already hurt.  Get a reward from it.
  • No matter how slow you go you’re still lapping everybody on the couch.
  • Don’t look back --- you’re not going that way.
  • If you’re wrestling a gorilla, you don’t quit when you’re tired --- you quit when the gorilla’s tired.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)
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