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Breakfast with God

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Introduction
We need hope! Hope fuels our passion to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.
Throughout Scripture we see examples of the power of hope—but also the challenges when hope fades.
One of the people of the Bible that illustrates both is Peter.
Peter was a fisherman by trade.
When he first met Jesus, he felt unworthy—he saw Jesus’ righteousness and his own sinfulness. But Jesus said to Peter, “Follow Me.”
Peter wasn’t afraid to try something new: like answer the invitation of Jesus to walk on the water with him.
Peter was the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of the God.
Peter promised Jesus he would always be with him.
But, when Jesus was arrested, Peter lost hope and denied even know him.
Failure!

When the going gets tough, even the strong can buckle under pressure.

Even in the face of the greatest miracle, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Peter felt disconnected.
John 21:1–3 ESV
1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

When the going gets tough, it is tempting to draw comfort from the past.

Peter was a fisherman before he met Jesus, so it stands to reason the Peter will be a fisherman after Jesus.
But, Jesus did not abandon Peter!
John 21:4–7 ESV
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.
Peter longed for Jesus more than longing for the old life.
John 21:12–14 ESV
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
One on one time with Jesus.
John 21:15 ESV
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 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.”
This is the story of Jesus restoring Peter to relationship and ministry.

When the Lord offers an opportunity to change futility into fruitfulness, be open to change.

When He plans to move you in a new and challenging direction, expect a period of deep soul-searching.

John 21:20–21 ESV
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

When He makes it clear that you are to follow Him in this new direction, focus fully on Him and refuse to be distracted by comparisons with others.

Restoration of relationship with Christ brings restoration of hope.
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