Restoration is the act of giving back or returning something to its original condition.
Restoring relationship is one of the core values of the kingdom of God. The whole reason Jesus came was to “. . . seek & to save that which was lost.” His love of restoration is never more evident than in the lives of those He was closest too. From the initial restoration of Adam and Eve in the garden, the core value of love and restoration has echoed throughout the pages of the Word of God.
The book of Mark details the climatic fall of Peter. Like a loving father, Jesus warns His children of the danger that lie ahead. The disciples, just like children, fail to get the message.
How does a man who has followed Jesus for three years of his life so easily deny Him? How does this man who walked on water sink on dry ground? He was there when Jarius daughter was healed. He was there at the mountain of Transfiguration. He was there when Jesus calmed the storm and when Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave.
How does this happen? Simple . . . it is called progression. It is not a one-time deal.
Like anything else in life we must watch the warning signs . . . one doesn’t wake up out of shape, addicted, depressed, in debt or filing for divorce. It is all a progression.
Notice the progression of Peter’s decline.
First and foremost was arrogance (Mark 14:29) Jesus warns the disciples of the perils to come and Peter cast off Jesus warnings with the bold statement . . .
29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
Peter in essence was saying, “The others are capable of doing so but I am not. You word may apply to others but it doesn’t apply to me.” Peter in his mind was convinced that the other eleven were capable of a fall but not him. Which is interesting because just moments earlier Jesus predicts that one of them will betray Him and all the disciples, including Peter, began to question if it was him (Mark 14:19). All the disciples must have questioned their commitment.
Arrogance gives birth to pride that refuses to accept correction or instruction. It is the “know-it-all” attitude. Jesus words of warning were rhema, the living word of God but Peter’s self-confidence placed himself above God’s word. Arrogance makes our ears deaf to the instructions and warnings of God and others. Whenever we get to the point that we don’t think the word of God applies to us, we have taken the first step towards a fall.
Proverbs says it this way . . . Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Arrogance is where it all started. Ask yourself theses questions . . .
• Are you teachable?
• Do you get easily offended when corrected?
• Do you reason why certain Biblical principles don’t apply to you (tithing, premarital sex, bitterness, tongue, etc)?
• Do you compare yourself to others rather than the standard of the Word?
• Are you approachable?
I want to leave you with the words from Paul to the Corinthians . . .
11-12These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:11-12,