Scripture Reading: Acts 3:4-10
Key Verse: Acts 2:14
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
I’ve entitled today’s devotional “The Label” because we are so quick to label things and people. If you catch someone in a lie, more than likely, you’ll describe them to someone else as a liar. We do this to ourselves as well. When they have a “failure experience,” many people will label themselves as a “failure.” Just as one lie doesn’t, necessarily, make you a liar, a failure doesn’t make you a failure.
Our scripture for today describes the apostle Peter being used of God in mighty ways! Yes, this same person who cursed Jesus’ name, denied knowing Jesus three different times – is being used powerfully in God’s Kingdom. I hope that encourages you! You are not a failure – not in God’s eyes. You may have had many “failure experiences,” but God sees beyond all those to the successes He has planned for you! We’ve been trying to redefine failure. Here is another snapshot: failure is when we stop trusting the overall purposes of God that weave our past into a successful future. If you get to a point where that “hope” is rejected, you are in true “failure” territory!
Romans 1:17 tells us that God’s people must live by faith. We desperately need “faith” for far more than our salvation – we need it for daily living. Take a moment right now and visualize the “success” you have always dreamed of… whatever that is for you. Now – believe in and trust that God can bring that about – according to His time and purposes!
Father, thanks for removing all negative labels from my life! I’ll walk with you today and that is success! In Jesus’ Name, amen.