The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
“The Journey to the Cross”
Day 37: Mark 14:32-72
Focus: 72 And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
There is nothing good in this flesh. It is a struggle that is only tamed and controlled by superimposing a higher order called the law of the spirit (Rom 8); this is akin to imposing the law of lift over the law of gravity. The moment a plane ceases to fly in mid air, it starts to sink, plain and simple.
The moment we decide to take the foot off the gas pedal of living by faith, living based on God’s word, living by the power of the holy spirit we start to live by the dictates, craving, desires of our flesh. For some it’s visible and others it manifests over time, this is the honest gospel truth.
The flesh is weak, but the spirit is willing. Do you know it was a little girl who questioned Peter first ? Can you imagine Peter’s ludicrous responses ? The weakened flesh had full control over Peter’s faculties… the effect of prayerlessness, (read verse 68-71): 1: He denied and said, I neither know, nor understand…
2: He denied Christ…
3: …But he began to curse, and to swear, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
What’s with the cursing and swearing ? The voice of the flesh ? Absolutely!
I pray that you will remain strong in the spirit so that you do not fall for the tricks of the devil and have the grace to stay in prayers such that one’s weak flesh will be subdued by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name, Amen.