Spiritual Déjà vu II


In the post Spiritual Déjà vu, Spiritual Déjà vu works similar to cultural deja vu. It is experiencing something that you had previously prayed or asked God. As you know, we ask God for all kinds of things all the time. The fact is that we don’t do a good job of keeping up with what we ask God. I want to extend that notion to Spiritual Déjà vu II which adds words that God has told you to what you may have prayed about.

As I wrote Spiritual Déjà vu, the poignant example in the Word is Peter remembering what God had said about him denying him three times before the rooster crows. Below, I have included that reference as well as others. Read and remember.

Matthew 26:75

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Mark 14:72

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Luke 22:61

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”

Matthew 27:63

“Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’
Mark 11:21

Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
Luke 24:5-9

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.

John 2:17

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.(A) Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

Acts 11:16

Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
The commonality in all the statements is that all who remembered are of the body of Christ. This should not surprise us, because before he died, Jesus told his disciples that “25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The remembering or reminding is the work of the Holy Spirit. As such Spiritual Déjà vu II is a function of the Spirit of God working in our lives to guide us to God and toward godliness. We cannot ignore the Spirit. There are grave consequences for failing to take heed to what God says to us through His Spirit. The reminders are warnings or support structures designed to prevent collapses in our lives. When we fail to take heed, we are risking a great collapse.
Take it from one who has suffered two major collapses in my life. Like Peter, as soon as the situation played itself out, God, through the Spirit, spoke to me just as He spoke to Peter when he denied Jesus that third time. For the believer, that is one of the most defeating experiences. We imagine what Peter felt like, but I am here to tell you that those acts of disobedience have had significant impacts in my life. While God forgives, there are consequences that we must deal with – some last a life time. To borrow a phrase from a known injury lawyer in the city, One Call, That’s All. All it takes is for us to call on the name of Jesus in the midst of our situation. God will help us when we cry out for help. Stop, drop and roll. Do not move past go. Call on God and be saved, then, you will not be like Peter and Darron who experienced Spiritual Déjà vu II.
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