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While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.
“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.
When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. – Mark 14:66-72
“This sweater set would look perfect with my new skirt,” Ellie said as she held it up against her checking the sizing. Denise was shopping with her friends, Mae and Ellie, at the Vintage Mall.
“If you found just the right scarf, it would really set it off,” offered Mae.
They continued looking through the racks when they heard a buzzer go off.
“What’s that?” Denise asked as she looked around for a sign of the answer to her question.
Just then, a man and a woman came running in with rifles yelling for everyone to get on the ground. Women started screaming.
“Shut up! Get down now!”
Denise, Mae and Ellie got down. They held on to each other tightly shaking with fear. There was a man and a woman carrying the guns, and they began walking through the aisles of the store. The woman stopped before Denise and her friends. Pointing the gun at them, she asked sarcastically, “It looks like maybe you girls are praying. Isn’t that nice? I really don’t like Christians…a bunch of hypocrites. So do you believe in God?”
The three sat quietly…fear bound their tongues.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the opportunities we have to show our belief in you. I pray that your power will override any fear. Denying you is giving victory to the evil one, and I do not want to give evil any satisfaction. Amen
Faith Tip: When fear tries to kick in your spiritual door of faith, call on Jesus to strengthen you and help you stand firm.