Day 22
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All-in Denial

Scripture

And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.—Mark 14:27-31

Devotional

In our Christian walk as men, most of us realize we have a lot in common with Peter. He speaks without fully thinking about what it is he is saying and makes bold, impulsive promises. Peter is a doer, and he likes to jump in headfirst—and I love it. I believe many men can identify with that. When you've tasted the grace, forgiveness, and mercy of Christ you want to jump in headlong.

And yes, Peter made a bold boast here. Yes, Peter followed his heart, and in a moment of emotional strength, he declared he was "all-in" without thinking through the implications. But read on. He wasn't the only guy to do this. They all said they were all-in. They blindly follow Peter as he leads the way. No further thought or discussion,

But yet the voice of accountability is there to offer some commonsensical advice. It's Jesus. With a voice of understanding, he declares, "I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

We all need the voice of biblical reason. Here Jesus offers it free of charge. But we need it too. Sound biblical counsel that helps us to reason the implications of our decisions. So today, seek out a man who follows God, whose been in your shoes and get wisdom before making that big all-in decision.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, about the wisdom you need regarding that life decision you're about to make.
  • Call: a brother today and ask for his wisdom.
  • Tell: other men in the comments below, the kind of wisdom you need. They may just come to your aid.

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127 thoughts on “All-in Denial

  1. Walter says:

    Each day I ask for wisdom in decisions that effect those around me. Employees and their families. Running a business in this crazy time creates a new level of decision making.

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      • Darin Palmer says:

        I need wisdom to get my family trough the recent loss of our son/stepson and this virus. My family looks to me for strength end guidance to get us through these difficult times. I look to God for my strength.

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  2. Seth says:

    I need the wisdom of patience, forgiveness, being a good friend to others. These are areas I struggle with that I know I can grow and do better in.

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  3. Adam Yochum says:

    Fortunately the only life decisions I am making today is do we need anything from the store and what time I should risk going. I am a firefighter so most of my decisions are on the fly but I do pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for myself, crew, and my leaders.

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  4. gordon.barrineau says:

    I guess I am like Peter, in fact that is my Confirmation name (Catholic stuff). Most times I fail to apply the experience, knowledge, and good judgment that I should, in any given situation. I don’t think things through..,….

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  5. Sheldon says:

    Hello brothers i have been a christian for many years now i believe where i am now in my professional life is where God sent me, i have had many success here but i am constantly feeling this pull towards ministry. pray for me that God would make clear to me the direction for my last half of life, i just want to be in his will weather it’s missions or some other area pray for me.

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  6. Troy R Theye says:

    Lately for me, it has been about this 35 Challenge. Staying strong with a a daily routine and using Gods word (wisdom) everyday to keep building a stronger faith. I have mentored with several men within my church and being new to Florida, keeping from distractions and focusing on the right path. It is always good to start over and start fresh with the new flesh and not the old.

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  7. Eric Jensen says:

    I need wisdom on surviving financially on far less income than I’d anticipated due the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  8. Tom says:

    Lord I need help in my relationship and home life . To change what I need to change and how to do this,to accept what I cannot . Give me the wisdom to do this Lord. Amen!

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    • Art says:

      Lord God I pray for these men and each of th ere situations, circumstances and challenges – ignite them, guide them and strengthen them in there desire and need – thank you Jesus!

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  9. Tommy says:

    I ask y’all for prayers to increase my wisdom placing our Lord in the very center of all my decisions

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  10. Austin says:

    Wisdom of self-support, I have a tendency of giving up on myself to help on others and make their priorities “more important.” Saying no is hard but should be easy

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  11. Mike says:

    I need wisdom in helping keep my family safe as well as keeping their spirits up and having good mental health in these times.

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  12. Dan says:

    It’s very easy to be all in for intense prayer during these challenging times but I find that my prayers seem hollow when praying for my enemies, unbelievers and those that I struggle against judgment.

    • Jason says:

      Dan, it seems to me that you are already praying for your enemies, unbelievers. God will change your heart for them even if your prayers seem hollow to you. Just continue to pray for them.

  13. cory doden says:

    In this age of social distancing I have a Christian brother I run with and Christian brothers I play tennis with. We are all wondering if we should continue meeting or not.

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  14. Jim Butterfield says:

    I need wisdom from the Holy Spirit as to how to stay healthy along with my family during the coronavirus time. Also how to mix faith and action with myself anf family.

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  15. Nick Hall says:

    I need the wisdom to know when to take action and when to be patient. I hope you all have a blessed day!!!

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  16. Davin says:

    Opening back up the business today with a new shift schedule and a strict set of policies and procedures. Still nervous about it but I know it’s what we need to do to keep moving forward. Pray for wisdom as I keep leading my team and do everything I can to protect them and their families.

    • Jason Davidson says:

      Don’t be passive about the situation and people’s action. You are there to keep your employees safe, customers safe as well as yourself. You got this bro!

  17. Eric M. says:

    Thankfully right now in my life I don’t have any “all in” decisions that need to be made. However, I would ask the Lord to help me make good and “biblical” decisions today and everyday. Also, to provide me with the necessary wisdom to do what HE wants me to do. Not what I want to do. Thank you Lord for always being right next to me anytime anywhere.

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  18. Zach says:

    Sounds really odd to say, but I guess it is just a sign of the times. I need wisdom on what to do at work. I fear that my employer might not be taking every safety precaution. We are distributing materials to over 200 people. I have already voiced my concern once and been told to not worry about it. Do I keep pushing it and potentially damage my relationship with a boss who I really to respect and admire, or do I just leave it alone and trust that God has it under control, which I know He does! I know this is really specific, but even if my efforts keep even one person who is at risk safe from this virus, isn’t it worth it?

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    • Jason says:

      Hang in there, Zach. You are trusting God, and feel compelled to keep others safe. John Maxwell says that in a crisis, a leader is first and foremost concerned about the safety of people they are responsible for. Even if you aren’t the boss, you are leading when you take others safety in mind, and make decisions to protect them. I agree with you. As leaders, we have to err on the side of caution. We don’t know what hangs in the balance. As you live your life to care for and protect, fundamentally to serve others, God will bless you. It may not look like we think, but He honors those who “love others”, right? Yes, absolutely. Be strong, brother. It is never wrong to stand up for others’ safety and health.

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    • Mike L says:

      It is good to hear that you still have a job, but you must be safe. If you are distributing health care materials it is something that must continue but proper precautions must be used. Your boss should realize that.

  19. Michael says:

    Wisdom to not always try and fix my girls when they are sad, but just be patient with them, knowing that they need time to cry, and letting them know that I am there

    • Jesse says:

      I pray for the Lord to guide me with wisdom of the next step going forward and to use today’s time wisely. He is in control within this time of struggle as I remain faithful and positive. Guide me in decisions with my health, security, employment, and relationships.

  20. JP says:

    Seeking Godly wisdom for what God is asking of me in relationship to my father. A man that has been distant from me nearly my whole lif

  21. Jon Brady says:

    I need wisdom to make the right decision on downsizing our home. I need to have better faith in trusting God with my finances.

  22. Greg says:

    This passage of scripture is so rich, and revealing. When standing in the presence of Jesus, Peter was ready to fight, and did. Yet, when “alone “, even a servant girl scared him. So then it is with our lives. Stay close to Jesus thru scripture memorization, etc., and you can be ready to fight. If not, we know the outcome

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  23. David B says:

    The wisdom I feel I need most right now is how best to support my high school aged son who is struggling with online education and the isolation from peers.

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  24. Rich says:

    I have a decision to make about my job but I am mostly interested in what it means for my spiritual life. A new church, or start something new? I have committed to moving and also committed to a missions trip but they have both been put on hold. Why? Is God saving for something else?

  25. Don says:

    All of my mentors are gone now. But I think of them often. They have kept me from many emotional and hurried mistakes. I miss my brothers.

  26. Dave Benson says:

    Even though we are practicing social distancing it’s a true blessing to have brothers to lift us up and to seek wisdom from in this season of solitude where it could be easy to “fall away’.

    Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding. Prov 3:13

    • Jeff says:

      Yeh.it seems like that we are communicating more now than we ever have. Growth comes in the valley, not on the mountain tops. And it’s been good “talking ” to other men who share the passion of following Jesus.

  27. Tim says:

    I need wisdom on how to discern God’s word as I read the Bible and wisdom to live out what God is telling me through his word..

  28. Roy Kanis says:

    I need the wisdom to encourage others, and continue in prayer for my family and others. Peace by with you today.

  29. David C says:

    Specifically need wisdom for dysfunctional family dynamics/ restoration, speaking the truth in love to a Christian brother who is living with his girlfriend and daily wisdom & discernment for daily life decisions….
    The Serenity Prayer suns it up:

    Serenity Prayer
    – Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

    “Father God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
    In Jesus’ Name Amen.

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  30. Rick says:

    To be gracious in all the amazing relationships the Lord has given me. That especially includes my wife and family.

  31. Coach says:

    I need prayers and wisdom on how to approach a family member on how they should wisely proceed financially with their choices after receiving a large sum of money. They help to secure financial stability after living on the brink of bankruptcy for several years. The family member needs prayers on their obsession of spending for wants all the time not needs. Please pray that God will enlighten them with wisdom to make better choices. This is why we study history so as to not allow history to repeat itself. Amen!

  32. Bob says:

    Wisdom the art of knowing what to do and when to do it, Jesus in this world I need your wisdom and all knowing knowledge when I am making decisions for my future in my dating life and who it is that I may live out the rest of my days with, I need your help in recognizing her when she comes along.

  33. Wade says:

    I need wisdom in how to get through to my 18 year old mentee. He’s very emotional, and scattered. Good news is he prayed to receive Christ day before yesterday. The discipleship continues and with not being able to sit across a table from him, it’s just a little more challenging. Thank God for FaceTime.

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  34. David Luevano says:

    I thank God for the wisdom he gave me this morning. As the head of temptation reared it’s head up I made the correct decision by trusting in God. As I stay in the word and exercise patience before I make a decision, I am making better decision. Praise the Lord.

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  35. ching says:

    No, I don’t have a “All-in” hat. I don’t know what I will do under intensive scrutiny. If Peter would deny Jesus 3 times, I may fall short myself.

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  36. Dave Wall says:

    Lord, please give me wisdom in all areas of my life – I need your wisdom for how to lead my family, at work, extended family, and men’s ministry.

  37. Duc says:

    I am in need of wisdom to be consistent with a routine to keep myself active healthy both physical/mentally/spiritually e.g. exercise, be in the Words, prayer… to be able to lead and support my family during this challenging time, to be patience and strong in supportive of my kids’ and wife’s, to focus on intentionally connecting with my extended family. Thank you Lord for keep my motivation and spirit in check and the constant reminder of me in doing so in Christ’s precious name.

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    • Nate says:

      Wisdom about how to handle certain things I disagree about with my wife. She is very sensitive to certain things that I feel strongly on and sometimes I don’t handle it the way I should.

  38. Jeff Brown says:

    22 days yahoo good timing on this series.,.. All-in Immersion in gods trinity and letting the Holy Spirit guide me to make impactful present day decision like Jesus did that echo a lifetime and having a litmus proxy from men that are all-in this way and that does not require a hat. It’s being free in the kingdom of god and not bound by the feardoms of this world.

  39. Dale Nerison says:

    I don’t think I’m as bold as Peter. I don’t make big decisions impulsively or emotionally. But I will be aware of seeking wisdom from others in times of uncertainty. But I love the examples that God had provided in his Word that apply to everyone.

  40. Yooper says:

    How do we get past the current situation? What’s before us once we are able to socialize again? What decisions will we need to make in the new reality we face?

  41. Tom says:

    I never “speaks without fully thinking about what it is he is saying and makes bold, impulsive promises.” Never. No, never. Never:)

  42. Thomas Snowden says:

    I think at times it is a struggle to walk in the path of faith when we do not have good man of God to help us see things different the a friend that is not walking in the path of a believer of God. That can be a challenge to get wisdom from a mature believer of God.

  43. Brian Winckler says:

    I am surrounded by strong christian men everyday who help me with my decision making process. Right now I have no major decisions on the horizon.

  44. Lewis Thompson says:

    The kind of wisdom I’m needing today is spoken softly by Jesus.. “Trust me”
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  45. Bob M says:

    I am praying for the wisdom of how God will use me from this do forth to help others through many of the lessons I have learned – 2 Cor 1:3-11. I am walking faithfully towards this with God and praying for wisdom as I do so.

  46. Brian says:

    I’m seeking wisdom in how to request a spiritual conversation with a loved one or someone I’m close to. I struggle getting out of the gate because I’m concerned about offending people. And yet, I could rattle off a handful of names of family members who I don’t know where they stand. I want to talk with them, but don’t know how to start the conversation and therefore kick the can until they are on death’s doorstep

  47. William says:

    being all in , we need wisdom and others are looking from our wisdsom, I pray today that i can follow Godly wisdom guidance and also be a Godly guide to those that would call on me.

  48. Bryon says:

    Wisdom, guidance, and most of all peace for myself and family during this crisis. Having a compromised immune system and other health issues makes these times even scarier.

  49. RUBEN T GARCIA SR says:

    I try very hard to seek wisdom daily in what I do but many times I seem to fall back to the old ways of thinking. I need wisdom in my job as I work for a Dr. office and need to make the right choices as I help patients over the phone. I ask for prayer for my daily walk with the Lord.
    I have been unable to follow the challenge on a daily basis as I tend to rush through the day when I should take my time and slow down. And many of the days my system has not allowed the daily reading blocked by my server as unsafe.

  50. Brad says:

    I need wisdom to encourage and help people who are new or interested to my church as I begin an online support group for interested attendees

  51. Randy says:

    wisdom to plant His abundance of Life in barren stripped places of waste, revelries, and remnants of slavery

  52. Warren M Campbell Sr says:

    Thank God Jesus melded us together with the Godhead and the body . Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ!!!

  53. John D says:

    I need wisdom for business and financial decisions to be made coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. I only know for sure that I want what God wants for me and my family.

  54. Jonathan Robertson says:

    My prayer is for Wisdom to listen fully before speaking. To realize that people are not asking me for solutions, but needing to be heard

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  55. Tom Cullen says:

    I have one brother I meet with because of a death of a child. I relate with him, I am always am looking for more guys to relate with about loss of a child our another loss doesn’t matter.

  56. John Wilson says:

    I need wisdom in how to effectively disciple my daughter when she is more interested in her boyfriend than spiritual things

  57. Michael Pechar says:

    The wisdom I need is what to pursue in life. I’m very career driven but keep getting called to help the church. I’m trying to do both.

  58. Brad says:

    The wisdom I seek is to raise above my current financial situation. I have had lots of get help in this area this year. Praise be to God.

  59. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    I count on and need my brothers in Christ to help me through times of challenges as well as in the highest of my achievements.

  60. Ross says:

    I’m contemplating a change in career. God has put a couple of people in my path that have brought a degree of confirmation for this change. But, do I really have what it takes? Back to school, at my age, to take online classes? I’m seeking wisdom and clarity for this new direction and courage to step into it.

  61. Brian says:

    Just made a life move to a new job. Stressful knowing what is going on with the pandemic.
    During the interview process and negotiations I asked the men of the Tuesday morning group and Our small for guidance. It was very encouraging. I have been in my new position for a week now. The old company had pay cuts and layoffs. The wisdom of these men helped and it is awesome to see the Lord provide. I may not make more money but He will provide.

  62. LAVON LAMBERTY says:

    I have to confess I have been caught in this scenario at various times in subtle ways and then the conviction hits. How very thankful I am for the forgiving GRACE Jesus bestows and restores me.

  63. Scott says:

    Wisdom in handling an employee at work who doesn’t have the chops for the work. Do I cover for him or do I ask for a new resource.

  64. Denny says:

    I need wisdom in seeing what God wants from me. I feel like I’m supposed to do something but I don’t know what. I have a heart for the homeless and I used to work in a ministry but that has been taken away from me. I am trying to focus on mentoring my family but that’s not going well. Through all this, I have not felt the presence of God and I desperately miss that.

  65. Crosby says:

    How to gain a deeper relationship with Christ and have faith in His path. The wisdom to hear him, trust him, and spend my time wisely to further the Kingdom

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