Perception and Performance Easter
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Mt 26 Perception and Performance I - Easter ©2004/15 WF Cobb Truthbase.net DailyTruthbase.blogspot
Mt 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will fall away/stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee." (Jn 21:3 fish)
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly.
Lk 24:12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw/surveyed the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, wondering/marveling to himself at what had happened.
I. Our Habits and Values create expectations, influencing our Perceptions, determining our Performance.
A. Our Habits (experience) and Values (desires) create expectations,
B. …influencing our perceptions (of reality, and consequent emotions),
C. …determining our performance.
D. Peter valued self reliance, security & prestige, drawing his worth from what others thought of him rather than from what God thought of him.
1. Peter’s expectation was that following Christ would result in immediate temporal power (security/significance) (pleasure & possessions)
2. Satan used Peter’s unscriptural expectation (arising from his values and leading to his emotions) to tempt and harm him.
3. God used Peter’s failure to purify him and prepare him for greater service. (forgiven, freed, faithful)
1Pt 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
II. Caterpillar Christians (who haven’t transformed their minds/values ala Rom 12:1-2) view life from an earthly perspective
1 I beg you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present/yield your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, thru the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
A. As a result of unscriptural expectations they endure life defeated, crawling in the mud, rather than floating through the flowers.
B. Renewing our minds (replacing Satan’s lies with the Holy Spirit’s Truth) results in:
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response: