Can you remember who you are?
Peter walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years. He witnessed all the miracles that Jesus performed. He saw miracles occur at the touch of his own hands. He saw the fish and the bread reform in his own hands over and over again when they fed the 5,000 men. He prayed for many people that were healed. He listened to the preaching and teaching of Jesus continuously for 3 ½ years. He was full of the Word of God and he witnessed the Word of God be performed through his own hands. He had so many experiences with Jesus that they could not be all written down. John 21:25 NKJV “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
Jesus gave the disciples, including Peter, the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles. The infilling of the Spirit is more than a one-time occurrence.
Luke 9:1-2 NKJV “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
Many people were healed by the hands and prayers of Peter.
Luke 10:1- NKJV “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The seventy were given the power of the Holy Spirit to heal and cast out devils. Why? Signs and wonders point to Jesus; they confirm that He is alive.
Luke 10:9 “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
Peter has done all these things as a disciple and follower of Jesus. But he would fall way and deny Jesus three times in public.
After Peter denied Jesus three times the rooster crowed again. Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Can you image how Peter felt when the Lord looked him in the eyes after Peter had denied Him three times? Peter had bragged to the Lord that he would not deny Him. He told the Lord that he would die with Him.
Matthew 26:33-35 NKJV “Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
Peter bragged that he would not deny Jesus. But he denies Him three times and the rooster crows.
Luke 22:60-62 NKJV 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Peter and the Lord made eye contact after his third denial. I am sure that the look on Jesus’ face burned in the heart of Peter. Jesus had been beaten; He had spittle on his face and beard; part of His beard had been pulled out by the roots. His face was bruised and read from being slapped multiple times. Peter went outside and he wept bitterly. Peter felt ashamed.
What did Peter do after his denial of Jesus? He did what most of us do after we deny Jesus, when we sin. We forget who we are in Christ. We want to go back to the world, being worldly. It is a good excuse to bring back to life our old man. We forget that we are a new creation in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Our old man was buried in Christ. Romans 6:12 NKJV “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
But when we sin, deny Jesus, the devil immediately brings guilt and shame to us. And we want to dig up our old man, old self.
After Peter denied Jesus, he decides to go fishing.
John 21:2 NKJV 3 “Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
Peter forgot who he was? He forgot that he was the anointed of God? He forgot that a multitude of miracles and miracle healings occurred at the touch of his hands? He went back to doing what he was doing before he ever met Jesus. He went fishing!
Peter had looked in the tomb and saw the empty mummy shaped bandages with hands, feet, legs, arms, a body and an empty face hole. A complete wrapped up mummy that was empty! But he still forgot who he was!
They fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus comes to them on the shore and tells them to cast the net out on the right side of the boat. Immediately the net was full of large fish. Jesus has a fire going with fish on it. Peter jumps in the water and swims to shore. The others bring in the boat with the large catch of fish.
Jesus performs a miracle to remind Peter and the disciples who He is and who they are. They are not fishermen; they are anointed ministers of the Gospel.
Jesus speaks directly to Peter to remind Peter who he was. He asks Peter if he loves Him three times to cancel the three denials. He makes it clear to Peter that he is forgiven and the Lord’s mercy is covering him. The Lord wants Peter to know that if he truly loves Jesus then he needs to do the work of the Gospel; feed My lambs; tend to My sheep; feed My Sheep!
The Lord tells Peter to stop messing around with fishing and go do the works of the ministry!
John 15:17-21 NKJV “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
Peter and the other disciples forgot who they were. They went back to doing what they were doing before they met Jesus. Jesus knows they need a big does of the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus rose from the dead He came to the disciples and filled them again with the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21-23 NKJV “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
One of the main reasons for the infilling of the Spirit is to help you forgive others. It is a Kingdom of God law, you must forgive. If you do not, the Father in heaven cannot forgive you! If He can’t forgive you, then you are not in the Kingdom!
Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem for the infilling of the Spirit. Another infilling.
Jesus is going to give them another does of the Holy Ghost!
Acts 1:4-5 NKJV “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Why did they need the continuous infilling of the Spirit? It will give them power to minister the Gospel, to heal the sick and cast out devils.
Acts 1:8 NKJV “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
But the Lord is not through filling them with the Holy Spirit.
Notice in Acts 4:31 NKJV “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
What happened after this infilling of the Spirit? The disciples finally get out and do the works of the ministry after multiple in fillings of the Spirit of God.
Acts 5:12-16 NKJV “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.”
Many preachers will tell you that you get the fullness of the Holy Spirit when you are born again. If that’s the case why did Jesus fill His born-again follower’s multiple times? We should all ask the Lord to continuously fill us with His Spirit.
2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Examine: Greek word Peirazo and it means to look at past experience, to prove, see how you have come out of sin, what is your weakness or strengths?
Test: Greek word Dokimazo and it means to check if you are worthy, bring forth good
Examine yourself, compare who you were before being saved to who you are now. See how you have come out of sin. Take a close look at your weaknesses and strengths. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Are you worthy to bring forth good? You are anointed with the same Holy Spirit that Jesus had; He was anointed to (Acts 10:38): “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Can you remember who you are? Do you understand that you are anointed by God to do the works of Jesus? John 14:12 NKJV “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
I hope this teaching reminds you who you are in Christ. Don’t ever forget!
If YOU need to repent for any reason; (uproot the seeds of sin that you have sown) DO IT! YOU must turn from your sin, disobedience to the Word of God, and turn back to God, and make the choice to obey His Word; then ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus! Forgive everyone who has ever harmed you; forgive yourself for the hurt that you have done to others and to the heart of God.
Pastor Glenn Harrison
Author:”Two Wheels for Heaven”