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"Do you also want to go away?"

“Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (John 6:67-69)

These words were said by Peter at a time when so many were walking away from Jesus after He spoke of a deeper and consuming devotion to Himself. Peter didn’t realize it at the time but this was a defining moment in his life… a moment that would change the trajectory of his life.

In all our lives, there are some moments and decisions that are far more important and consequential than others. If you haven’t yet experienced these moments, they are coming. Right now, your actions, thoughts and life circumstances are leading to a defining moment in your life. Throughout God’s Word, we see people who made decisions that truly defined who they were and what their life was going to look like from that moment on… sometimes in good ways and sometimes in not so good ways. I believe there is no greater test of the Christian character than our ability to act in faith and courage in the often turbulent and defining moments of our lives.

In light of the moral depravity that is gripping our nation and the blatant rejection of anything godly, we have so many opportunities to have defining moments in our lives. We can choose to swim against the current of this world and stand for the things of Christ. If there was ever a time to stand for Christ it is today. To stand is to live godly, separate from the world and cleaving to Christ. To stand means to live a life governed by the Word of God. To stand means to choose, in those defining moments, the ways and will of God… regardless of the cost and consequences.

So today, in our defining moments and decisions, let us choose Christ and stand in faith and courage for the things of God… no matter what the cost or consequence. For if we stand for Him… He will stand for us! (Matthew 10:32)

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