Denial defined: refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal
Synonyms for denial noun dismissal, refusal of belief in:
Antonyms for denial
15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus.
John that other disciple
Was one of the sons of thunder his brother James was the other (Luke 9:54) (the sons of Zebedee)
Strengths and accomplishments
- Before following Jesus one of John the Baptist’s disciples
- One of the 12 disciples
- One of the inner three closest to Jesus
- Wrote five New Testament books:
- The Gospel of John
- 1, 2, 3 John
Weaknesses and mistakes
- Along with James, shared a tendency to outburst of selfishness and anger
- Asked for a special position in Jesus Kingdom
Lessons from his life:
- Those who realize how much they are loved are able to love much
- When God changes a life, he does not take away personality characteristics, but puts them to effective use in his service
16 Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in.
17 The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”
“No,” he said, “I am not.”
18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.
- Natural though this was, and safe enough, had he only “watched and prayed that he enter not into temptation,” as his Master bade Him (Mat. 26:41) it was, in his case a fatal step
Mat. 26:40b and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Mat. 26:41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Ref: Luke 22:32, 32 Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not
What does Prayer do?
- Prayer makes me wait (Swindoll)
- It forces me to leave the situation with God
- Prayer clears my vision Neh. 1:5
- It burns through the foggy situation
- My vision will clear up so that I can see through God’s eyes
- It clarifies any problem we may be facing
- It clarifies God’s great power to help me and you
- It clarifies the job that must be done
- Prayer quiets my heart Ps. 62:3-6
- It replaces anxiety with a calm spirit
- Knees don’t knock when we kneel on them!
- Prayer activates my faith Mark 9:29
- It sets my faith on fire
- Prayer demonstrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite God to fill us with faith and power
There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seem unconquerable
Effective prayer needs both an attitude of complete dependence and an action – asked
(What prayer does thoughts from Hand me down another brick by Chuck Swindoll)