The Peter Principle
Matthew 26:71-72 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
And he having gone forth to the porch, another female saw him, and saith to those there, `And this one was with
Jesus of Nazareth;' and again did he deny with an oath -- `I have not known the man.'
Sometimes, when we read holy Scripture and ponder some of the things Bible characters did, we think to
ourselves, " I would not have done that!" or "How could they not see the enemy in this situation?!?"
I was listening to the disciple Peter's words to Jesus when Peter desired to go with Him:
Simon Peter asked, "Master, just where are you going?"
Jesus answered, "You can't now follow me where I'm going. You will follow later."
"Master," said Peter, "why can't I follow now? I'll lay down my life for you!"
"Really? You'll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you'll deny me
three times." John 13: 36- 38
"Really?" Jesus asked.
Peter meant that! He genuinely thought he would lay down his life for Jesus: He did not even know what was
in his own self! But Jesus predicted Peter's denial. " How could Peter deny Him?", I wondered as I
listened to this passage. " After all, he was with Jesus all the time, he SAW the miracles, listened to the
teachings first hand." Peter, in his zeal and love for the Lord, believed he would die for Jesus! But just a
few passages later, the truth was clear: Denial! "There are all sorts of ways to deny me", I heard the Lord say.
Beloved, there is a little bit of Peter in all of us! It is "The Peter Principle". When it really came time to
reveal his connection to Jesus read what happened:
When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, "This man
was with Jesus the Nazarene!" And again he denied it with an oath, "I don't know the man!"
Peter had the best of intentions, but his actions tell the story. It is the same for us today: "The Peter Principle".
Every time we act in an unChrist-like way, says the Lord, we "deny" Him. Each time we get in the flesh, out of
the spirit, lean to our own understanding , we too, say, " I don't know the man!" That is a toughie! But I have
been trying to figure out why The Body of Christ, His bride, is not seeing the greater works promised by the
Lord. "Lord, I know it is not you! It is me in some way." Where am I missing it? Where are WE misssing it?"
I long to consistently see the power of God manifested to set the captives free! This story of Peter jumped
out at me! One cannot say WHAT he or she would have done in Peter's situation, but the Lord says that was
Peter's denial. We must ask ourselves in what way are we denying Christ? Is it in gossip, back-biting,
unkindness, pride? Is it lying, fornication, stealing, or jealousy? Is there compromise, disobedience, discord,
unforgiveness? What? What is it?!? In short, are we loving our brother as we love ourselves? And in doing
so, loving the Lord, spirit, soul and body? If not, we "deny" Him! Yes, there are all sorts of ways to deny Him,
say what you will. We do not need to put Peter down, but we need to look at the Peter Principal within. That is
enough to see and work on right there! "Lord, in what way am I denying you?" must be our prayer? No
lip- service concerning the Lord.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto
every good work reprobate.
The Word says that people will know we are Christ's disciples because of the love we demonstrate, for one
another and for those yet unsaved. It is not necessarily an open denial such as Peter's. By our "WORKS" we
can deny him! By what we say, by what we do, by what we think we either mirror Him or deny Him. It is
causing me to examine myself and consider my ways! I do not want to disparage His name,
I do not want to "deny" Him even as I confess Him. People cannot hear what we Christians are saying for
looking at what we are doing. We must not deny Him, because if we deny Him, He will deny us.
( II Tim 2:12) I sometimes wonder if His denial is the feebleness in the supernatural and victorious life we
are to lead. Do not misunderstand me. The Church is standing , but there is so much more! II Tim 2: 12 says,
" If we endure, we will reign with Him. We are to endure, walk in love/ in the Spirit and reign... even here on
earth. Let us not "deny" Him but reign through Him. A royal priesthood operating in Kingdom authority,
glory to God! Here I go again: "Holiness"!...anything less is to deny Him. Peter had not yet received the
baptism of Holy Spirit when he denied Christ. But, after he was empowere by Holy Spirit, even his shadow
healed the sick.! Why? Because all he had was Jesus. Peter was Holy by the Spirit of God just as we are
called to be Holy by the Spirit of God which indwells us! That we cannot "deny". My prayer is that we endure
and reign through Him with actions that demonstrate Christ. All of Him and none of us! Holy Spirit, help us not
to deny You in any way, form ,or fashion... in Jesus' Name!