When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Matthew 16:13-14, 16-23 KJV
Immediately Peter had been commended and exalted by Jesus. He thought he had become “the man” of the moment, he must have thought to have known it all not knowing that the devil was waiting patiently for him to use him.
You recall Peter also did similar thing when Jesus told him that he’d deny Him three times before the rooster crows. But thank God for Jesus, He had already prayed ahead for him.
Just like Peter we can easily be carried away by so many things, we shouldn’t be so full of ourselves with any slight opportunity, success that comes our way, neither by fame or status. We shouldn’t let our achievements get to us.
Let us learn from the experiences of Peter and be careful to handle a cup that’s full so as not to fall prey to the devil because he prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for whom to devour.
A cup that’s full can be liken to someone who is in a position of power and authority, someone who has attain some level of achievement or success.
People like King Saul, Samson and Judas Iscariot are example of Bible characters who didn’t fulfill God’s purpose for their lives just because they were not mindful of a cup that’s full.
We should have at the back of our mind that the mishandling of such cup can cause an irreparable damage thereby bringing a person from grace to grass.
With this, we should beware of a cup that’s full and handle it with utmost caution and humility.
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