God Used Peter… God Can Use You

“Then Peter stepped forward…”
Four words.
They don’t seem very significant until… as Paul Harvey would have said, “you know the rest of the story.”
Those four words are found in Acts 2. It was on the day of Pentecost, which was held fifty days after Passover. Thousands of Jews were in Jerusalem for Pentecost.
On that day, the Holy Spirit was present in powerful form and the people began to speak in tongues and yet, they could each understand one another. People were amazed at what was happening and some tried to explain it as the people were drunk.
Hearing this, Peter stepped forward and he preached. Now, you might say, “Ok, why was that a big deal?” It’s because just fifty days before, Peter denied knowing the Lord. Then, after Jesus resurrection, He told Peter that He wanted him to “feed my sheep.” So, even though Peter denied even knowing Jesus the night of Jesus betrayal, Jesus forgives Peter and on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached the first Christian sermon in history.
Let me repeat that; Peter denied even knowing Jesus on the night Jesus was betrayed and fifty days later, Peter preaches the first Christian sermon in history. That is one of the greatest examples of grace in the Bible.
So, do you think you are finished? God can’t possibly use you? You are wrong. God can use and God wants to use you. Ok, so you have a checkered past. EVERYONE has made mistakes. Ask forgiveness for them, learn from them and move on.
Today, as you go to church, there may be someone at church that you know somethings about their past. You may have a tendency to say, “Lord, I don’t know what they are doing here… they are a BIG sinner.” Friend, we are ALL big sinners but everyone finds grace in the Lord.
God forgave Peter and used him big-time. God can use us as well.
On the night of Jesus betrayal, Peter DENIED even knowing Jesus. Fifty days later, “PETER STEPPED FORWARD…” Jesus wants us to step forward today fully confident our sins have been forgiven, if we have confessed them and asked.

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