Today’s “F” can be tomorrows “A”

Acts 2:8 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

I hate to fail.  I mean I really HATE to FAIL!! Sadly, I do fail, and sometimes I fail spectacularly bad.  In the verbiage of the day I have experienced some EPIC failures.  I image when Peter looked back across his life he always winced with regret and shame about his epic failure on the night that he betrayed his Lord and Saviour.   He might also have felt a twinge of guilt over his lack of faith the night that Jesus called him to come out of the boat and walk on the water.  After a brief period of walking on the water the winds and waves got the better of him and he began to sink with fear and doubt only to be rescued by the strong and sure hand of Jesus.  Teen, you may be looking at your life and thinking that you are a failure, well you would be wrong!

Trials and temptations are like tests in school.  They come along every so often to see if we have learned anything.  They put our faith and devotion to the Lord under some pressure to see how strong we are.  Sometimes we pass the test by trusting in the Lord, or making the right choice.  Sometimes we fail, and sometimes we fail big time.  The thing about tests is that we are to learn from them where we need to improve.  The goal of a test is to help you improve where you need it so that the next time you face that same test you can pass.  Peter didn’t stay a failure for Jesus.  He picked himself up, had a face to face with Jesus about his failures, and put it behind him.  The next time he was ready.  There was no more denial and no more cowardice.  Peter stood firm and boldly proclaimed Jesus as His Saviour.  Peter turned his F into and A and so can you!

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Robert Pophal
Associate | Youth Pastor
Open Door Baptist Church
Lima, Ohio