LUKE 21 | MANAFEST

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Jesus was betrayed many times but that didn't affect his focus on what he was called to do. In Luke 22:4 Judas betrayed him and in Luke 22:57 Peter denies him. However Jesus had compassion on both of them, even while catching them in the act.

Questions to ask yourself:
1) How do you respond when things go wrong?
2) When someone hurts or offends you, how do you react?

It's important to notice Jesus remains positive and responds with compassion. We have a choice regarding our attitude when bad things happen to us.

Luke 22:51 shows that in the midst of his capture, Jesus still chooses to be the healer. While being betrayed by a close friend with a kiss, Jesus offers him a way out by asking him, "Judas are you betraying the son of man with a kiss?" In other words, Are you sure you want to go through with this? You can still turn around.

Jesus's focus was on the cross and his goal was to die so that we could have salvation through Him. Are you that focused when it comes to the things God has called you to do? The key to any goal in life is consistency. Both Peter and Judas recognized their mistakes and both responded in entirely different ways. Peter ran away and sobbed, but later become one of the great voices of the Gospel and wrote books in The New Testament. He didn't let his past dictate his future, but got up and went at it again. He wasn't afraid of a fight and wasn't afraid to make mistakes.

 

We can use our mistakes as stepping stones to success and learn from them. Judas on the other hand decided life wasn't worth living and committed suicide. All your problems are solvable. In fact you were created to be an overcomer. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Never quit. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. Stay focused like Jesus and when you've reached your destiny you can say it is finished!

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