Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Adversity is one of the greatest teachers in the world. It introduces a man to himself. Inside of it is a place of discovery that reveals what is in our heart whether we like what we see or not. Adversity reveals our strengths, weaknesses, what’s important and what’s trivial. Adversity also exposes our tolerance and temperance levels. But probably one of the most important things it reveals is our choking point. Inside each one of us there is a limitation that initially we cannot go beyond. This choking point is a barrier that we have established in our mind that tells us when we are leaving our comfort zone. Although the mundane never surmount it, this barrier is not designed to stop us it is designed to reveal to us – how bad we really want it.
In order to obtain our destiny we must identify our choking point. Awareness of our weaknesses and fears is the beginning of overcoming them so in this regard, adversity is our greatest ally. The scriptures encourage us to count it all joy when we find ourselves in adverse situations because the end result is full development and lacking nothing (James 1:2-4 AMP). In our opening passage of scripture Peter did exactly what he said he would never do; deny Jesus. The weakness to denying Christ was always in Peter, but he could not see it. He needed the pressure and intensity of an adverse situation to show him exactly how much trust he had in Jesus at the time.
Adversity not only exposes our choking point, but it also reveals when you have overcome it. Very few things in life are more satisfying than being able to laugh in a situation that at one time gripped you with fear at the very thought of it. The next time we see Peter confronted in a crowd he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and won 3,000 souls for the Lord. (Acts 2) Peter’s choking point became his point of no return.
What is your choking point? What is that thing in you that causes you to weep when you think about it? What is that point in you that you cannot go beyond? Have you identified it yet? If so what are you willing to do to get past it and into destiny? Take a few tips from Peter to help you obtain greatness:
1) Learn from adversity don’t run from it. Because if you do it is just like failing a class, you will have to repeat it.
2) Weep and move past ugly weaknesses. Initial discovery of any internal weakness can be painful, but don’t lose heart it can be overcome.
3) Employ the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the true source of strength for change.
4) Step out and stay out! You do this by helping others out of their choking point.
The next time you find yourself in an adverse situation embrace it. For it is truly your friend!
I am Andrew Freed, and you are an Overcomer In Christ.