Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 16:18 (KJV); And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Peter had an interesting track record in his relationship with the Christ. It was Peter whom the Lord vehemently rebuked and told, “Get thee behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:23).
Peter denied the Lord, not once but thrice (John 18:15-27).
Peter went back fishing after the Lord’s death, regardless of the promise by the Christ to make him a fisher of men (John 21:3).
He seemed to demonstrate a weakness in character at every point of his journey.
But it was on Peter that the Church would be built; not on James or John of whom no particular weaknesses are recorded in the scriptures.
Regardless of all his faults, Christ did not take back his declaration that Peter was the rock upon which Christ would build His church.
And that is how the Grace of God functions. It looks past your weakness to what God has declared you to be.
Grace disregards your faults in the flesh and believes in you continuously. God knew that it was only a matter of time, Peter would stand out as the rock he was meant to be.
Eventually, he became a pillar in the early church. It is Peter who preaches boldly to the Jews on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-42); it is Peter who opens the gospel to the Gentiles through Cornelius (Acts 10); it is Peter who defends the grace message as preached by Paul (Acts 15).
Beloved saint, your weakness in the flesh is the very reason God will use you, for in that weakness, His strength is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You are not disqualified by reason of your flaws.
This day, look to God, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). What He has called you to be must show forth. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 4:17, Philemon 1:6
You are not disqualified by reason of your flaws. Look to God, the author and finisher of your faith. What He has called you to be must show forth.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this great truth! I stand in the perfect assurance that I am qualified by you. When I am weak, then I know that I am strong. You labour through me Lord, to do that which exceeds my ability. In Jesus’ name. Amen.