But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 10:33
Have you ever denied God? What does this verse mean?
The most significant question to ever penetrate the human mind is that of the existence of God. More consequences for humanity hinge on the denial or affirmation of God's existence than any other issue. Many families have sent their children off to schools across America only to see them return as strangers robbed of their faith in God and of the basis for morality and ethics. Many children have attempted to fill the vacuum in their lives through aberrant sex, drugs, and alcohol. Others fill the void in their life with material success, which can never satisfy the spiritual needs of one created in the image of God.
There are many ways to deny God. Some deny His power, some His providence, some His justice, some His mercy, some His truth, some His strength. There are many other ways too but the way most often used to deny Christ, though, is to profess Christianity, then fail to live up to it. Titus 1:16 says “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” Godliness comes about as a result of the power and action of the Holy Spirit in our life. But some have denied the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. -2 Timothy 3:5
In John 14:23 Jesus said He comes into the lives of the brethren by means of the Holy Spirit. So if you deny the power of the Holy Spirit you are denying Christ.
Many of you know the story of Peter. Remember when he said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” - Luke 22:33 Jesus knew his faith would waiver, in verse 34 Jesus told him “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” If you think about it our faith in God is unwavering, until it is tested. Peter faced the ultimate test and Jesus knew that his friend would fail.
Even though, Peter failed his test by denying Jesus, God in His mercy forgave Peter and resurrected his faith. He fulfilled Jesus' request - that he repent and strengthen his brothers. Not only is Peter forgiven of his denial of Christ, he is the one to enter the empty tomb where Jesus was laid and the one whom God uses to preach to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit visited with Christ’s followers.-Acts Chapter 2 Peter’s faith sank low when he denied Christ, but it stood strong as he became a loud voice in sharing the Gospel.
It is imperative for all Christians to study their Bibles and learn what Jesus really taught. Then choose to put it to practice in their lives. There are many who need to know the truth and with the knowledge we gain through the scriptures God can use our answers to open the hearts of others to receive the gospel. Scripture therefore exhorts us to "always be prepared to give to every man an answer" -1 Peter 3:15
“I cannot imagine anyone looking at the sky and denying God.” -Abraham Lincoln
“Left to their own finite abilities, people will sometimes deny God...without ever knowing the truth about the authentic God. Because if they were open to that truth, with His grace, an entirely different light would illuminate the fallacy of their thinking.” -Marcus Allen Steele
God is love, and thankfully no matter what, God always welcomes back anyone who honestly repents. Regardless of how many times we fail, God will always call us back to follow Him again.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. -Romans 10:13