The Restoration Of A Leader Is Possible, God Is A God Of Another Opportunity!
Leadership Principles Of The Book Of Acts
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
Acts 1:15 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:15 (NLT) — 15 During this time, when about 120 believerswere together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.
Acts 1:15 (NIV) — 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)
Acts 1:15 (MSG) — 15 During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said,
Thoughts On Leadership Principle:
The Apostle Peter is an example of the process of restoration in the life of a leader. He was a man that, after suffering a spiritual fall, God restored him to be one of the pioneers of the primitive church!
We see how Peter went from being a simple fisherman, to becoming a part of the intimate circle of the Lord Jesus…
Only Peter, Jacob, and John participated in the three special experiences with Him: the resurrection of the daughter of Jairo, the transfiguration, and his prayer in Gethsemane.
Mark 5:37 (NKJV) — 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
Mark 9:2 (NKJV) —2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.
Matthew 26:37 (NKJV) — 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
But despite the privileged position Peter had, he had various flaws in his character, and a number of weaknesses. Continually, the Lord found himself correcting his life and admonishing his way of being.
Matthew 16:22-23 (NKJV) —22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Peter had an impetuous and impulsive temper, he was always ready to speak, taking the initiative within the disciples.
Matthew 14:28-31 (NKJV) —28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
But the flaw that marked the life of the Apostle Peter was his denying of Jesus. This was a great test that he could not overcome, His failure to deny Jesus marked his life!
With the crowing of the rooster, his fall was sealed. Mark 14:72 and John 18:25-27 narrates his denial, “A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.”
John 18:25-27 (NKJV) — 25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not! 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.
But thank God for his restoring power, in these verses we see how “Peter got up.” He wasn’t the same man anymore, he had gone through the process of the Lord and now the Holy Spirit was empowering him to be one of the pioneers of revival.
The prayer of Jesus for Peter had given fruit and result. Luke 22:32 tells us, But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Now Peter was ready to accomplish the task that was ahead of him, he was going to be a key instrument in the mission of the church.
Once again, he is found taking initiative to handle the challenge that was before the first apostles. The Apostle Peter was once again restored to his position of leadership and influence in the primitive church.
He was now forgiven and ready for the task and ministry that was before him. After denying Jesus, he was now ready to testify of Him.
Today we can experience the restoring power of the Lord in our lives. It doesn’t matter if we have failed him, God gives us another opportunity!
Peter teaches us that it is possible for a leader to be restored to a place of leadership once more. The Bible even teaches us that it is our responsibility to help in the restoration process…
Galatians 6:1-2 (NKJV) — 6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
If a leader failed, we cannot discard him, on the contrary the Lord calls us to restore him with a spirit of meekness and humility. Of course, as long as the leader that failed is willing to remain in the process of restoration.
On occasion, discipline isn’t always easy to overcome, but at the end of the day, God will work his purpose and destiny if one receives and applies the correction. Peter was a better man after the process of restoration!
Hebrews 12:11 (NKJV) — 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
If we remain in the restoration process, God will raise us up once again, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, the ministry that God has entrusted us with will come to pass.
All it would take is for us to allow God to restore out lives completely. If we confess our sins and part from them, God will do the rest. That is what Psalms 32:5 tells us, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”
We must believe that better days are in our future, the latter glory will be greater than the past. Amen.
Psalm 32:5 (NKJV) — 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Psalm 51:9-13 (NKJV) — 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 ThenI will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
Matthew 13:31-32 (NKJV) — 31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Matthew 16:18-19 (NKJV) — 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Luke 22:32 (NKJV) — 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
John 21:15-17 (NKJV) — 15 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.
1 Corinthians 15:6 (NKJV) — 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
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