December 1, 2017

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Read what Pastor Jon Courson has to say about Peter and peace.

As we read the Gospel accounts, we see Peter talking when he should have been listening (Matthew 16:21, 22), sleeping when he should have been praying (Mark 14:37), stepping out when he should have held back (John 18:10), and holding back when he should have stepped out (John 13:8).

That’s why Peter is such a favorite of mine—I see his characteristics and tendencies in my own walk and history. Maybe you see them in yours as well. But here’s the great news, the amazing truth, the glorious fact: Even with all of his failures and denials, even with all of his setbacks and stumbles, Simon made it through.
Why? Because he was such a great guy?

No. Simon made it through because Jesus prayed for him (Luke 22:32). And guess what. The same thing is true of you and me. We’re all people who want to do right, but who invariably mess up. We’re all people whose spirits are willing, but whose flesh is unbelievably weak. Yet even right now, Jesus knows the temptation we’re facing, the fears we’re feeling, the questions that are churning. He knows them all, and He’s praying for us (Hebrews 7:25)—not because we’re worthy, but because He’s faithful.

Hey good people of Hilltop; I guess I had never really thought about the fact that Jesus is praying for each and ever one of us. But now that I am thinking about it, it brings much peace to my body, soul, and spirit. Jesus always prays the will of the Father so we know that all of his prayers get answered. Perhaps that is part of the ‘in Christ Jesus’ at the end of our verse. Thank you Jesus for being faithful and help us to be faithful to you also.

One more thing. The way to have your grace and peace increase is by what we have been doing in this blog. We are growing in our knowledge of God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. As our knowledge increases so does the grace and peace extended to us. Listen to what Peter says:

2 Peter 1:2 (NLT) — 2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

Pretty sweet, right? I have been praying this verse over everyone at Hilltop this week.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Thank you Pastor Dan for your consistent prayers for your people. I’m blessed to know that someone (you) is praying for me. I just finished reading Hebrews this week and the author of Hebrews goes into great detail about the old covenant and the priesthood. He explains clearly how Jesus is our High Priest that sits next to God and mediates for us the new
    covenant. (Hebrews 6, 7,&8). He is mediating for all of us who are called (8:15). Thank you Jesus! In verse 24 it says “He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.” What a wonderful savior we have.