“Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.”
Peter found himself in the same place that many Believers find themselves in. He had a desire to do right, but the follow-through was not there. He told Jesus that he was willing to die with Him, but we find a few verses later that he denied the very one for whom he said he was willing to die.
Have you found yourself in the same predicament of Peter? Do you find yourself wanting to do right, but it seems that the sin that easily besets you seems to win more often than not? You will find in this incident in Peter’s life are several reasons why people fail at doing right. Let me share with you four reason’s Peter failed in following through with his desire to do right.
First, he was sitting instead of following. Jesus said to Peter in verse 36, “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” Yes, this was the command Jesus gave to the nine disciples, but at some point Peter stopped following Jesus. As long as Peter was busy following Jesus he was fine; however, it was the moment he stopped following Him when he found himself doing what he said he would never do. The best way to overcome sin is to stay busy serving the LORD. You won’t have time to get into sin when you are busy following Jesus. One of the reasons Believers find themselves succumbing to sin is because they stop following. Staying busy serving the LORD is the best answer to overcoming sin.
Second, he was sleeping instead of praying. While Jesus prayed, Peter slept. Prayer is your biggest weapon against temptation. If you prayed every time you faced temptation, you would find yourself overcoming the lure, desire and urge to do wrong. What happens with most Believers is they just don’t stop to pray when faced with temptation. You must make it a habit to pray when you are faced with the temptation to do wrong. Sin’s lure will become distasteful when prayer is your response to sin’s temptation.
Third, he was distracted instead of watching. Jesus told Peter to “watch” with Him. Somewhere, Peter got distracted and stopped watching. You will never overcome your sin when you don’t watch for what could cause you to do wrong. There are triggers in your life that cause you to do wrong. If you learn what those triggers are, you can watch for them so that you can avoid sin. One of the mistakes Believers make in respect to their sin is that they never learn what their triggers are with their besetting sin. Learn the triggers that cause you to succumb to temptation and avoid them.
Fourth, he was following the flesh instead of the spirit. Jesus said to Peter in verse 41, “…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The flesh being weak doesn’t mean that his flesh was physically tired, but Jesus was saying that the flesh is spiritually weak. You will only make your flesh spiritually strong by spending time in the Scriptures. It is the Scriptures that build the Believer. Your flesh will continue to be spiritually weak if you are hit and miss with your time in God’s Word. God’s Word is always the greatest answer to strengthening the flesh spiritually.
“I want to” will never overcome sin. The only way to turn “I want to” into “I did” is by following these four steps. You can have victory over sin, but you must follow these steps to become an “I did” Believer.