Rock Power People

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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |


Breaking the cycles in your life means you get rid of the things in your life that keep on repeating. People misinterpret it as past hurts, familiar spirits, childhood experiences and sins that do not exist any more. There are many things or ghosts in your history that can be haunting you, but there should only be one Ghost; the Holy Ghost. We must get rid of the ghost of history.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (Amplified) But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and SUBDUE IT. For fear that AFTER PROCLAIMING TO OTHERS the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I MYSELF SHOULD BECOME UNFIT [not STAND THE TEST, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

How many times have you taught people and helped them and then you find yourself doing the very same thing that you told them not to do. We have believed things, preached things and done things and then fell into the very same trap. Paul said that he wanted to stay on the course after preaching to others. It does not profit you when you help others but then be found unfit or off the course. We want to stand the test. When you helped others through a situation, you must stand the test when it comes your way.

The Israelites were standing next to the Red Sea when the Egyptians came up behind them. Moses told them to stand and see the salvation of the LORD. The same happen when Jehoshaphat and his men were surrounded with armies that came against them. They set their faces to seek God and the prophet said that they should not fight, but stand and see the salvation of the LORD. Ephesians 6 says that when we war against the evil one, we must put on the whole armor of God and stand. After doing all to stand, we must continue to stand.Matthew 7:25 says that when you hear the sayings of God and do it, you are building on a rock and when the storms come and blows against your house, it will stand. You house will stand on the Rock because you hear and do.

Having Rock power is when you stand against the evil, stay on the course and stand the test because the cycle will be broken because we did what we’ve heard in the Word.


Matthew 16:16 (Amplified) SIMON PETER replied, You are the CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVENG GOD.

‘Simon’ means a ‘flaky rake’ which is blown by the wind. ‘Peter’ means ‘rock’. There is something about the rock that means that you have a stability and steadfastness. You have rock power.

Matthew16:17-18 (Amplified) Then Jesus answered him, BLESSED (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father, Who is in heaven. And I tell you; you are Peter [Greek, Petros-a large piece of rock]. On this rock [Greek, Petra-a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the GATES OF HADES (the powers of the infernal region) SHALL NOT OVERPOWER it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

Jesus told Simon, the flaky rake, that he is blessed because he received the revelation from His Father. It was because he received the revelation that Jesus told him that he is Peter. He told Peter that it is on a Rock that He will build His Church and that the gates of hell will not stand against him if he realizes that he is a rock. He referred to the whole operation of hell and not only the devil himself. Jesus told Peter that the entrance or the thing that allows access into hell will not be able to stand against him if he can realize that he is Peter. The revelation that Jesus is the Son of God was not his own revelation, he opened his heart to receive it from the Father and therefore Jesus called him ‘Peter’, a rock. If Simon accepted this the gates of hell would not prevail. Peter is everything that stands for stability and a foundation person.

Why would Jesus remind Simon that he is Peter? In Mark 3:16 Jesus called the disciples and he surnamed Simon, Peter. Simon was the son of Jonah, but Jesus changed his bloodline by surnaming him Peter. Jesus wanted to change the thing where Simon came from. He wanted to change the thing that kept Simon in a cycle, in the history and in his childhood. Jesus nicknamed Simon, Peter. He wanted to change the flaky rake into a stable, foundational rock.

In Matthew 7:25 Jesus told the disciples that they can be founded on the Rock by hearing and doing His Words and when the storm come, they will stand. A few months later Jesus deliberately sent them into a storm. He wanted to know who listened to His Words.


Matthew 14:25-32 (Amplified) And in the fourth watch [between 3:00-6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said it is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! [Exodus 3:14]. And PETER answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, WHY DID YOU DOUBT? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

When the disciples perceived that it was Jesus, Who walked on the water, Peter, the rock power, stable person realized that he was Peter and walked on the water. He took the Word that Jesus gave them in Matthew 7:25 and came. Then the situation started to take over. He did not look to Jesus anymore, but saw the storm and started to sink. He was halting between two opinions. He was thinking if whether he was Simon or Peter. He wondered if he was a flaky rake or a rock. That is why he never sank – he only began to sink. He was afraid and did not know where he was standing. He was halting between two opinions: Is Jesus in control of his life or is the storm? He started to sink and Jesus grabbed him and asked why he doubted. That word ‘doubt’ means ‘double’.


James 1:6-8 (Amplified) Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, DOUBTS) is like the BILLOWING SURGE OUT AT SEA that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of TWO MINDS (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] UNSTABLE and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

James compared a double-minded man with the waves of the sea. He knew exactly what happened on the sea that day when Peter got a double thought. Jesus told them that he acted on a burst of faith but then had a double thought. You must be single-eyed and single-minded. Little faith had had a double thought. Jesus was asking Peter why he had a second thought and returned to his previous ways of Simon. He answered, “If it is You, tell me to come” and Peter climbed out of the boat. Peter started walking and Simon started sinking.

Peter was the one who asked Jesus to explain to them the parable.
Peter noticed the fig tree that withered.
Peter that said that Jesus is the Christ.

Most times when things happened in the Gospels, Peter was involved, not Simon. In John 12 & 13 and Mark 14 Jesus came to Simon Peter and wanted to wash his feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet. Jesus then said that he had no part in Him and Simon Peter told Jesus to wash him all over. Peter is not only stable, but sometimes arrogance came out. Simon wanted Jesus to wash everything. Judas, who betrayed Jesus, was also a son of a Simon. Peter asked who would betray Jesus. The Bible says that Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, took the sup and left.

Mark 14:36-38 (Amplified) And He was saying, Abba, [which means] Father, everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will]. And He came back and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, Simon, are you asleep? Have you not the strength to keep awake and watch [with Me for] one hour? Keep awake and watch and pray [constantly], that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Jesus went to Peter, but when he woke him, he called him Simon. He asked him where the rock-stable power was that he could not even pray with Him for one hour.

Luke 22:29-31 (Amplified) And as My Father has appointed a kingdom and conferred it on Me, so do I confer on you [the privilege and decree], That you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. SIMON, SIMON (Peter), Listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, [Job 1:6-12, Amos 9:9]. But I have PRAYED especially FOR YOU [Peter], that YOUR [own] FAITH MAY NOT FAIL; and when you yourself have TURNER again, strengthen and establish your brethren.

Jesus told the disciples that He wanted to give them the kingdom, not some day, but now so that they can rule over sicknesses, diseases and situations. As He spoke to Peter, it was the first time that Jesus called him, ‘Simon’ twice. He said that He prayed for him that his faith may not fail. Jesus said that when he turned, meaning that he turned his mind and attitude from his flaky character, Simon, to a rock steadfast foundational person, Peter, he would go to strengthen his brothers.

Peter was the one who said that if every one left Him, he would be there. He told Jesus that He could trust him, because Jesus told him that he is Peter. Jesus told Peter that He was glad that Peter got that mind, but “Simon, Simon…” Jesus knew that the test was just around the corner for him and his past would run so fast that his present would seem to loose sense. If he ever thought he was just Simon, that night he would find out that he was Simon, Simon. His name Peter would be gone, Simon would be lost and he would be a double failure. He was about to deny Jesus.


1 Corinthians 10:12 (Amplified) Therefore let anyone who THINKS HE STANDS [who feels sure that HE HAS A STEADFAST MIND and is standing firm], take heed LEST HE FALL [into sin].

Peter had the attitude of wanting to stick with Jesus no matter what because his name changed. He thought that he was immovable and strong and infallible.

John 21:1-3(a) (Amplified) After this, Jesus let Himself be seen and revealed [Himself] again to the disciples, at the Sea of Tiberias. And He did it in this way: There were together SIMON PETER, and Thomas, called the Twin, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, also the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples. SIMON PETER said to them, I AM GOING FISHING!

This happened after Jesus was raised from the dead and Peter is again referred to as: “Simon Peter” and not just Peter. Simon said that he was going fishing although Jesus already showed Himself alive to them. Peter did not stand up and say that they must trust God. He wavered and Simon crept up. Although Thomas was the one that doubted, Peter allowed a flaky, double minded attitude too. When Peter was just Simon before Jesus called them, he was fishing and now he just wanted to go back to fishing and the rest of the men followed him.

John 21:3(b) (Amplified) They said to him, and WE ARE COMING WITH YOU! So they went out and got into the boat, and throughout that night THEY CAUGHT NOTHING.

Peter already previously told Jesus that they left everything to follow Him. Peter said it and not Simon. But they caught nothing.

John 21:4-7 (Amplified) Morning was already breaking when Jesus came to the beach and stood there. However, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, Boys (children), you do not have any meat (fish), do you? [HAVE YOU CAUGHT ANYTHING to eat along with your bread?] They answered Him, NO! And He said to them, CAST THE NET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT and you will find [some]. So they cast the net, and now they were not able to haul it in for such a big catch (mass, quantity) of fish [was in it]. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! SIMON PETER, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman’s coat, his outer tunic)-for he was stripped [for work]-and SPRANG INTO THE SEA.

Jesus died and Peter denied Him. Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to them, but still there was doubt. Simon Peter told the others that he was going fishing. Jesus appeared and told them to throw the nets on the other side. Simon Peter jumped into the water after catching a boat full of fish. Why wasn’t he exited, but jumped into the water? The others didn’t jump in the water, but Peter was reminded of his failure as Simon. When you stand you must take heed that you do not fall and after preaching to others, you must see to it that you stand the test.

Luke 5:1-6 (Amplified) Now it occurred that while the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the message of God, He was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee). And He saw two boats drawn up by the lake, but the fishermen had gone down from them and were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, [the one] that belonged to Simon (Peter), He requested him to draw away a little from the shore. Then He sat down and continued to TEACH the crowd [of people] from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to SIMON (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lowers your nets for a haul. And SIMON (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and CAUGHT NOTHING [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again]. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [at the point of] breaking…

After three and a half years, it was the same thing that happened all over. In the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Jesus chose Simon’s boat to preach in. After preaching, He told him to throw his nets in and he said that they caught nothing all night. Then Jesus told them to throw the nets to the right side and their nets broke because of all the fish.

Luke 5:7-8 (Amplified) They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and take hold with them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when SIMON PETER saw this, he FELL DOWN AT JESUS’ KNEES, saying: “Depart from me, for I AM A SINFUL MAN, O LORD.”

Peter jumped into the water because he was reminded of his failure as Simon. For three and a half years Jesus tried to make him Peter and the very thing that happened when he met Jesus in the beginning happened again at the end and he failed.


Luke 5:10-11 (Amplified) And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon (Peter). And Jesus said to SIMON, Have no fear; from now on you will be CATHING MEN! And after they had run their boats on shore, they LEFT EVERYTHING and joined Him as His disciples and sided with His party and accompanied Him.

The disciples left everything when Jesus called them, but after His resurrection, they wanted to go back to their old lives. They caught nothing and after obeying Jesus, Simon Peter was reminded of what they decided three and a half years prior.

It is not so much the new things that happen to you, but the same things that happen to you. You have to bury the Simon in your life and hold a resurrection service for Peter. You must get the rock-power alive in your life.


Luke 7:44-48 (Amplified) Then turning toward the woman, He said to SIMON, Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, YOU GAVE ME NO WATER for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. YOU GAVE ME NO KISS, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased [intermittently] to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly. YOU DID NOT ANOINT MY HEAD with [cheap, ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [costly, rare] perfume. Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her-because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little. And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven!

The same story in Mark says that Simon, the leper, was a Pharisee. He must have been a leper that was healed because they went into his house. It was not co-incidence that the man’s name was, Simon.

Let’s imprint something on our hearts: Simon Peter denied Jesus. Jesus was beaten with a whip and was on His way to the cross (Matthew 21:1-3). Peter was with the other disciples in the crowd and did not want to be seen with Jesus. Right in front of Peter, Jesus fell and they called someone out of the crowd by the name of ‘Simon’ and asked him to carry Jesus’ cross. Why didn’t they call someone else when there were thousands of people? Why did they call a man named, ‘Simon’ to carry the cross?

It is the reminders of the failures of the ‘Simon’ that will keep you a ‘Simon’. If you can stand as the rock-power person that God made you, you will not fall. Yet you must not think that you cannot fall. You must not even think that you are standing and that you are that great man. God will continue Simon’s your way and you’ll find Simon around every corner. You will find Simon’s house and a women will anoint Jesus. You will find a Simon that carries Jesus’ cross. God will even give you all the glory and the power and still remind you of the Simon, till you are converted. Then stand up and go and strengthen your brothers.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus said that they will receive power after the Holy Spirit came upon them and be His witnesses. When you combine it with Mark 16, Luke 24 and Matthew 28 it is said that they had to start in Jerusalem and then go to Judea and Samaria and then to the ends of the world. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and preached the powerful gospel.
Peter told the people to repent and be baptized.
Peter went to the temple and healed the lame man.
Peter went back to the disciples and let them pray when they were threatened.
Peter was the one who preached in the synagogue when they were persecuted.
Three and a half years later, Peter was still in Jerusalem.

Jesus had told them to go Judea and Samaria and all over. Jesus went there and was first accepted, but then rejected and so He sent the disciples there, first, to preach and then to go all over the earth.

Three and a half years later, Saul sent letters to crucify all the Christians. It was then that Stephen was stoned. Saul was an arrogant, but an eager Pharisee. Another deacon stood up after Stephen was stoned named, ‘Philip’. He went to Samaria, because he said they did not obey Jesus by going to Samaria and Judea. When Philip got there, the people were saved and he sent for Peter, because he was only a deacon and the promise was to the apostles.

Acts 8:5-6, 9, 13-24 (Amplified) Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people]; [Acts 6:5]. And great crowds of people with one accord listened to and heeded what Philip said, as they heard him and watched the miracles and wonders, which he kept performing [from time to time].
But there was a man named SIMON, who had formerly practiced magic arts in the city to the utter amazement of the Samaritan nation, claiming that he himself was an extraordinary and distinguished person.
Even SIMON himself believed [he adhered to, trusted in, and relied on the teaching of Philip], and after being baptized, devoted himself constantly to him. And seeing signs and miracles of great power, which were being performed, he was utterly amazed. Now when the apostles (special messengers) at Jerusalem heard that [the country of] Samaria had accepted and welcomed the Word of God, they sent PETER and John to them, And they came down and prayed for them that the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit; For He had not yet fallen upon any of them, but they had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then [the apostles] laid their hands on them one by one, and they received the Holy Spirit. However, when SIMON saw that the [Holy] Spirit was imparted through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he brought money and offered it to them,
Saying, Grant me also this power and authority, in order that anyone on whom I place my hands may receive the Holy Spirit. But PETER said to him, Destruction overtakes your money and you, because you imagined you could obtain the [free] gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is all wrong in God’s sight [it is not straightforward or right or true before God]. [Psalm 78:37]. So repent of this depravity and wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this contriving thought and purpose of your heart may be removed and disregarded and forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in a bond forged by iniquity [to fetter souls]. [Isaiah 58:6]. And SIMON answered, Pray for me [beseech the Lord, both of you], that nothing of what you have said may befall me!

Why would Peter rattle off that last message? Simon believed and threw all his magical equipment away. He followed Philip and he saw the power and asked what it would cost to have the power. Peter was reminded of his failure and went off on him, telling him that he was bitter and his heart was not right. Simon just asked the question of what it would cost! Peter said that his money should perish with him because he was thinking wrong. “Simon, you are thinking wrong!” Peter was challenged with his past and with his own failures. Simon was rattled and asked Peter to pray for him that the things he spoke of should not come on him. He was actually saying that he could not help that his name was Simon.

Peter was saying that Simon reminded him of himself. When he saw him, he saw himself and he struggled. For three and a half years he would not come to Samaria and now a man called, ‘Simon’ challenged him to his face with the power of the Holy Spirit when he had been disobedient for three and a half years. But, Peter still did not go to the other cities.

Acts 10:1-6 (Amplified) Now [living] at Caesarea there was a man whose name was Cornelius, a centurion (captain) of what was known as the Italian Regiment, A devout man who venerated God and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms to the people and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour (about 3:00 p.m.) of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God entering and saying to him, Cornelius! And he, gazing intently at him, became frightened and said, What is it, Lord? And the angel said to him, Your prayers and your [generous] gifts to the poor have come up [as a sacrifice] to God and have been remembered by Him. And now send men to Joppa and have them call for and invite here a certain SIMON whose surname is PETER. He is lodging with SIMON a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.

The things that you are struggling with will stick its heads out somewhere. Before Jesus called him a rock, his name was ‘Simon’. Somewhere and somehow in your life you will be confronted with that Simon-character over and over, until you are converted and then you will be able to strengthen the brothers. Being ‘converted’ means that you make a quality decision to be ‘Peter’ and finish with ‘Simon’. After that you must be sure to stand the test and not fall. When that day arrives, you will be a rock.

Peter was just confronted with Simon the sorcerer but still he did not go to the heathens to preach to them. Fifteen years passed and Peter was staying with Simon, a tanner. It is not a co-incidence that his name was also Simon. It could be that Peter was staying in Joppe because he raised a woman from the dead and perhaps became famous. When Cornelius received the vision, he sent for ‘Simon’ at Simon’s house. If they did not understand who he was, they had to call for ‘Simon’ who was called ‘Peter’. For fifteen years he had not been called, ‘Simon’. Then the angel called him, ‘Simon’ and God actually wanted to get the flake-rake character out of him once for all.

Since the day of Pentecost, he was not called ‘Simon’ and now when Cornelius sent for him, Simon the tanner had to know that the man they were looking for was Simon, the one they called, ‘Peter’.

Acts 10:17(a) (Amplified) Now PETER was still inwardly perplexed and DOUBTED…

He was starting getting flaky again and doubted the vision. He did not know that someone was going to knock at the door and ask for ‘Simon’ a minute from then. God actually wanted to tell him that the vision was to get him to go to the heathens and not to remain with the Christians.

Acts 10:17-18 (Amplified) Now Peter was still inwardly perplexed and doubted as to what the vision which he had seen could mean, when [just then] behold the messengers that were sent by Cornelius, who had made inquiry for Simon’s house, stopped and stood before the gate. And they called out to inquire whether SIMON WHO WAS SURNAMED PETER was staying there.

After all the years someone came and called him, ‘Simon’ again. Why did the angel tell Cornelius to call for Simon if he was not called, ‘Simon’ since the day of Pentecost? It was because Peter was too scared to go to the heathen nations and God knew that Peter would doubt the vision. He was scared of what the Pharisees would do to him when he ate with the sinners. The Simon-character was still there and he did not yet make the decision to be ‘Peter’. When he decided and then started preaching, the Holy Ghost fell on the house of Cornelius. Then ‘Peter’ stood up and began to preach the gospel to the heathen nations, the Jews and to everyone he could find. After that, suddenly ‘Peter’ became the “main apostle”.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (Amplified) Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary WEIGHT) and that SIN which so READILY (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us RUN WITH PATIENT ENDURANCE and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. LOOKING away [from all that will distract] to JESUS, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1].

We must lay aside all the sins and the weights and fix our eyes on Jesus. Why our eyes on Jesus? We must run the race by standing and when we stand watch that we do not fall. Matthew 7:25 says when we build on Him we will stand when the storms come.


1 Peter 1:1-4 (Amplified) Peter, an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ, [writing] to the elect exiles of the dispersion scattered (sowed) abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Who were chosen and foreknown by God the Father and consecrated (sanctified, made holy) by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and to be sprinkled with [His] blood: May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance [that spiritual peace to be realized in and through Christ, freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts]. Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you…

The message out of this piece is the bold confession of a rocky person. When Peter wrote this first epistle, he said that he is an apostle, he is a special messenger and he is writing to special people how special they are. Let us look at how he ends this same epistle.

Remember how Jesus told ‘Simon Simon’ that Satan is eager to sift him. In Ephesians 6 it is said that we fight against the devil and we must stand and after standing be watchful that we do not fall. Every now and then Peter jumps up and misjudges his boldness with arrogance. Peter was the one that cut Malchus’ ear off and that was not right.

1 Peter 5:6-9 (Amplified) Therefore HUMBLE YOURSELVES [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you. Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Psalm 55:22]. Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that ENEMY OF YOURS, THE DEVIL, ROAMS AROUND like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. WITHSTAND HIM; BE FIRM IN FAITH [against his onset-rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

Five chapters after the bold confession, Peter says that you must humble yourself under the mighty hand of the LORD, cast your cares on Him and that you must watch out for the devil is still alive. Peter was telling us that we all go through the same afflictions and that the devil is roaming around to see whom he may devour. All people have the same enemy. The devil is not dead; he is only defeated. Peter must have said that before he closed the letter, he missed it again. He met Simon on the way…

2 Peter 1:1(a) (Amplified) SIMON PETER, a servant and apostle….

In Peter’s second epistle he began the letter with ‘Simon’. He actually told them that he wanted to write another letter to them in the humility of a servant after the previous letter.

2 Peter 1:1-8 (Amplified) SIMON PETER, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. For this very reason, ADDING your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in EXERCISING YOUR FAITH to DEVELOP virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence). And in [exercising] knowledge [DEVELOP] SELF-CONTROL, and in [exercising] self-control [DEVELOP] STEADFASTNESS (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety). And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, THEY will KEEP YOU FROM BEING IDLE AND UNFRUITFUL unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

If you read the two epistles of Peter, you will see the difference of spirit in them.
Lay aside the ‘Simon’.
Lay aside the weight that comes just at the right time. It is ready and easy to beset you. Look unto Jesus. You have not yet resisted sin unto blood as He did. Jesus paid the price on the cross and you don’t have to. Why do you want to be Simon if you can be Peter?

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