• Retah McPherson

Run to the refuge

11 May 2021


Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were confronted with the darkness in your heart? This is a real, humble place.


Peter also knew how that felt when he denied Jesus three times and this after Jesus warned him about the condition of his heart. The name of this dark conditioning evil inheritance is PRIDE.


Peter also had the “double” in him, just like all of us. But he denied it and said, “No, I will never do that.” The modern-day Peter would say, “But I am a Christian!” Jesus warns us about this double inheritance, knowing that we all have both an evil inheritance and a godly inheritance. The evil inheritance will always deny Jesus and react in pride.


He made a way out of our ungodly inheritance, but we need to choose!

Peter went from being prideful, important and confident to confusion, guilt, shock and being caught in a grip of hopelessness. He came to realize that he could not save himself from this double dark inheritance that always denies the truth.


Peter wanted to run away – but Jesus is saying to you and me – run to Me, I AM your refuge. I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Even if Peter thought that what he has done was unforgivable, Jesus knew that there was forgiveness for Peter – just as for you and me.


After Jesus resurrection, the angel said to Mary Magdalene – “Don’t be alarmed, He is risen – He is not here. Go and tell the disciples and Peter.” This was the only time where Jesus actually singled out one of the twelve. Jesus had Peter on His mind before He was arrested and warned him. He had Peter on His mind on the cross as He forgave all, while He was in the grave and after He rose from the dead – He still had Peter on His mind. The same is true for you and me.


He wanted to make sure Peter knew that he was forgiven and He wanted to let Peter know that He died and rose again, so that Peter can overcome the double dark inheritance in him. All through Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It all starts with realizing the darkness in our hearts.


Mary shouted, “He is alive, He is alive!” Peter ran, his heart beating wildly because he knew that he would now be able to face Jesus and say, “Forgive me Jesus.” Peter had hope and hope leads to desperate faith and faith leads to restoration.


This is the story of my life – and I thank Jesus that He saved me from the darkness within me. Till this day, He continues to show me the truth about my heart – because I ask him for truth, every day. He did it for Peter and for me – and today He asks of you not to stay in pride as He warns us all, “Peter, Satan wants to test you because he sees the darkness and pride in you – don’t be a fool and not acknowledge your pride. Run to Jesus – He is your refuge”.


I want to thank you all that partner with us, bless us, learn and grow with us. I sincerely appreciate your seed in our lives. Thank you for your heart and your love. We would never be able to do this on our own.


1 Corinthians 3:8-9 He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor. For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, (you are God’s building).


I am so thankful that we can start doing Spirit Schools again – even if it is only in smaller groups. We invite you to be part of them, even if it is only online with Zoom.


I bless you

Retah and Family


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