It’s easy to be confident whenever God is doing exactly what we want. It’s easy to be confident when the church is growing, it’s easy to get excited when everything clicks, it’s easy to be confident when everyone likes you.
Peter didn’t have any trouble cutting off Malchus’ ear to protect Jesus as long as He was leading a revolt against the Roman Empire. However, when Jesus got nailed to the cross and it seamed to be over, all it took was a question from a little girl for Peter to loose his confidence, to the point of denying that he even knew Jesus at all.
Boldness isn’t how we handle success and favor. It’s how we handle failure and setbacks.
So here is a principle I’ve been thinking about that I wanted to share with you.
When we experience pressure it can either increase our anointing or quench our spirit. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane (Gethsemane literally means oil press), the pressure led him into the greatest miracle He would ever perform: Salvation for all mankind.
For Peter, the pressure he experienced caused him to become fearful, and he froze.
What does pressure do to you?