Daily Devotionals by Ardith Keef


       Have you ever stopped to consider why God recorded the less than perfect words and actions of some of the heroes of the faith? I think it is because it is so hard to understand that it is not our perfection that heaven applauds, but out obedience.
     Take Peter for example. I've heard more preachers trash poor Peter. It seems to me that he was like so many of us are; well-intended, but when the rubber hits the road, we look for cover.     
     We must learn to follow the Lord, and we must learn to obey. Of course Peter knew better than to deny the Lord, or he wouldn't have "wept bitterly" when the he heard the cock. The example of Peter's life is exquisite, and he was transformed into a stalwart leader of the church and was willingly martyred.
      The Lord wants servants who cannot be moved by the enemy, yet are pliable in His.hands and are eager to either wait or move. He wants servants who are not interested in "self-improvement", but crave that "He must increase, but I must decrease."
     We do not become like Him just by hearing and agreeing, but by being exercised and tested in the things that we yearn for the most deeply.


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