“How do I keep from stumbling?” Perhaps you have been asked this question by a Christian struggling with his faith or a particular sin. Or perhaps you have even asked this question yourself. In the final Bible study of this series, we will look at Peter to try to answer this question.
Let’s read together 2 Peter 1:5-10.
Peter writes in his epistle “if you do these things, you will never stumble.”
Let’s read together Matthew 26:31, 33.
Jesus told His apostles they will stumble. However, Peter told Jesus he will never stumble. Who was right?
Let’s read together Matthew 26:69-75.
Unfortunately, Peter denied Christ three times. It is rather apparent that Peter stumbled greatly. Peter realized what he had done and wept bitterly.
Let’s read together John 21:14-19.
Jesus could have denied Peter and removed him as an apostle. However, Jesus graciously restores Peter even though Peter denied Him three times. Note the progression when Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loves Him:
1. Feed My lambs
2. Tend My sheep
3. Feed My sheep
Let’s read together 1 Corinthians 13:13 and 2 Peter 1:6-8.
These verses detail a progression of faith as you grow as a Christian. You move from faith to hope to love. The passage in Peter discusses this in more detail. You could call this progression of faith Peter’s ladder. Peter’s life exemplifies this progression of faith. Over time he went from being an impulsive headstrong fisherman to a well-spoken leader of the early Christian church.
Let’s read together 2 Peter 1:4; Matthew 11:29; and John 6:37.
Jesus promises He will not cast out those who come to Him. This is a promise that unlocks all the treasures of heaven. Like Peter, we need to open our hearts to Christ and make that journey up Peter’s ladder.
Let’s read together Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:6; and Hebrews 12:2.
Recognize that you are like the thief on the cross. You have nothing, but Jesus is willing to give you everything. While we are justified by Christ, we have a role in sanctifying our lives to Christ. Day by day, we can grow our faith through prayer, Bible study, and meditating upon the life of Jesus. As we develop a character that more closely resembles that of Christ, we need to remind ourselves and believe Jesus is the one who cleansed us. We are saved through grace. Remember, grace is opposed to earning salvation, but grace is not opposed to effort.
Let’s read together Matthew 14:28-31 and Jude 1:21.
Peter was able to walk on water because of Jesus. However, when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the waves around him, he began to sink. Let this be a lesson to us. If you do not want to stumble, you need to keep your eyes on Jesus at all times. Our job is to keep ourselves in the love of God. As we are diligent in doing that, Jesus will empower us and keep us from stumbling.
Friend, will you keep your eyes on Jesus?