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Scene 1:

“But Peter declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’  And all the other disciples said the same.” (Matt. 26:35)

Scene 2:

“Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know the man!’  Immediately a rooster crowed.  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.” (Matt. 26:74-75)


It is far better to pray for our hearts than to boast or trust in our hearts.

Our hearts do not deserve our confidence, Jesus does.

Our hearts will not keep us from falling away. Only Jesus will.

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7 thoughts on “The Folly of Boasting in Our Hearts”

  1. Nicodemus says:

    Time and time again I am reminded, as you have reminded us here, of the need to come back to our Lord Jesus Christ. A friend of mine who leads the Navigators in a European country said this to me recently about him and his wife,

    “Above all we both want to enjoy our relationship with God, just for who He is, not only for the help he can give us in our responsibilities.”

    To know Christ and the power of His resurrection, there is nothing in comparison! Praise His Wonderful Name.

  2. Brandon says:

    We too often look at ourselves to find the answers we seek. But the answers are not in us. They are in Christ. When Isaiah saw God, it was then he saw his corruption and realized his need for a savior. We are lost without the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  3. Dan says:

    Proverbs 28:26 (NKJV)

    He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
    But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

  4. Anna Renee says:

    We know this but it’s a struggle not to rely on ourselves. It’s a process to put our complete trust in the Lord. Thank God He is patient and assists us as we come to Him. A humble spirit is necessary and He helps us with that as well.

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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