What To Do When Your Rooster Crows

I sat on my back porch, wrapped in my fuzzy worn robe—the one that’s twenty years old that I just can’t seem to get rid of.

The birch trees waved “good morning,” and the newly planted gerbera daisies stretched their faces to the sun…just a bit higher than the day before.

Then I heard him. The rooster.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR.  I’m not sure where he lives, but it’s within earshot.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR.  I thought of Peter. I thought of me. I thought of you.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR.

You know the story. At the dinner table, on the night before Jesus went to the cross, he said to Peter:

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death with you.”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” (Luke 22:31)

A few hours later, Peter did just that. Denied that he even knew Jesus.

Three times.

And then the rooster crowed.

ER-er-ER-er ERRRR.

“And he went outside and wept bitterly.”

He cried and cried and cried.

(I’ve messed up big time and cried and cried and cried before. Have you?)

The next morning, the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered his failure.

And the next morning, the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered his failure.

And the next, and the next, and the next.

With every squawk of the bird. A fresh reminder. First thing in the morning.

Have you ever been there? I have.

I have failed. And I have remembered…the rooster crowed.

And even though I had asked for forgiveness, and I knew that God HAD forgiven me, the rooster crowed in my heart, and I remembered my failure anew.

What did Jesus have to say about Peter’s failure? Three strikes, you’re out? Not hardly.

After his resurrection, Jesus pulled Peter aside…

“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Jesus removed the shroud of shame hanging from Peter’s guilt weary shoulders, and called him to get back to the ministry to which he was called.

God’s forgiveness is always complete, total, and comprehensive. “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]”  (1 John 1:9 AMP).

However, the accuser continues to crow—reminding us our past sins and failures. He tries to drown out the song of grace with the caw of shame.

He crows. We remember. Perhaps even weep with Peter behind the wall.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR.

You know what I’ve decided? Rooster makes a fine meal.

Let’s wring the rooster’s neck and cook him up once and for all.

Don’t let the enemy accuse you of what God has already forgiven you of? Don’t let him fool you into thinking that the cross wasn’t enough.

“Daughter, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord, you know that I do.”

I wonder what went through Peter’s mind the next time he heard the rooster crow. I think he smiled and thought of God’s amazing grace. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow when I hear that rooster crow.

What about you? The next time the devil reminds you of all the times you’ve failed, will you stand with me and answer the caw of shame with the song of grace?

If so, leave a comment that says, “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

 

126 Responses to What To Do When Your Rooster Crows

  1. Kathy May 22, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

    • Mary Murillo Brooks May 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank God I am forgiven and free

    • Doris Sexton May 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Thank God I am forgiven and free! ???

    • kathy May 23, 2014 at 12:06 am #

      Sharon I just attended the Ladies conference at WOL. You and Gwen were amazing! I felt so renewed by what you taught about God’s grace for us and our gratitude to him for his unshakeable love for us.Thank you for sharing your faith.

    • Amy June 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      “Thank God, I’m forgiven

    • Rhonda July 16, 2014 at 5:51 am #

      Thank God, I am forgiven and free!

    • Barb November 10, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      The rooster is kind of like an alarm clock:
      Every time I hear that rooster I’m going to think: wake up sleeper rise from the lies, death and discouragement Stan would like to burden me with….throw off those coves, jump out of the bed of fear, disappointment,
      And remember that my Savior knows, loves, forgives and empowers me
      Just for the job at hand…living this day in his grace and truth!…thank God I’m free and forgiven…that’s something to crow about…right back at you Satan you low down deceiver , joy grabber and thief!

  2. Diane May 22, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free.

  3. Alicia May 22, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!! I love you Jesus!!

  4. Marie May 22, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I thank God! I am forgiven and free !

  5. Shermay May 22, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    THANK GOD I’M FORGIVEN AND FREE -NO MORE GUILT NO MORE SHAME!!!!!!!

    • Petrina August 20, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Thank you Lord, I’m forgiven and free!!!

  6. Helen Murray May 22, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Oh my word. Exactly what I needed to hear today. That little voice in my head has been telling me that I’m not good enough, not clean enough – that there’s something in my past that needs dealing with, holding me back… it’s the voice of the rooster. The Cross WAS enough.
    Thank you for challenging the lies. Jesus is enough.

  7. Judy May 22, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Thank you God I am forgiven and I am free!!

  8. Jonelle May 22, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    i trust God and won’t let the my fear and anxiety take control or the crow I am set free

  9. Merlin May 22, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Thank God!! I am forgiven and free!! Hallelujah!!

  10. Cindy Spina May 22, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free! 🙂

  11. Shari Hameister May 22, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    God, my forgiving & faithful Father knew I needed this message today! Thanking and praising Him for His amazing grace that has set me free!

  12. Gina May 22, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Thank God i am forgiven and free. Thank you Sharon for the analogy given this morning when the rooster errrerrerrr. the roosters crowing is annoying, the devil is annoying. I am free from condemnation, guilt and shame. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. God bless you and your day. In HIm. gina

    • Sharon Jaynes May 22, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Amen!!!

  13. smiles May 22, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free! 🙂

  14. JR May 22, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    I really needed these words of wisdom this morning. I forget sometimes who is really reminding me of past mistakes, sins. Our enemy is so creative and sneaky at working on us. God has forgiven me and would never remind me. Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”
    Thank you Sharon for sharing your wisdom.

    • Tina May 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Thank God! I’m forgiven AND free!

  15. Nicole Sequera May 22, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    “Thank God, I am forgiven and free!”

  16. Betty May 22, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free”

  17. Ruby Jones May 22, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven an free.

  18. Michelle May 22, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free.

  19. Kelly May 22, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Thank God I am Forgiven and Free! Amen!

  20. Anne May 22, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Thk God I’m forgiven and free.

  21. Lisa May 22, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free, and that He writes the book for us in Christ, Author and Finisher of our Faith.

  22. Jill spangler May 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    “Thank God I’m forgiven & free” Always & FOREVER!!!

  23. Yvonne May 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!

  24. Linda Kaiser May 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free

  25. Dori Hunt May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free.

  26. Angie Cox May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Andrea Perry-Scardina May 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Thank God! I am forgiven and free! “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” John 8:36

  28. Gayle May 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  29. Cindy Elliott May 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!!!

  30. Carolyn May 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    I have broken sooo many commandments and have struggled so long with forgiving myself. I know God has forgiven me but have not been able to get that rooster out of my mind. I have sinned, thank you Lor for sending your son to die on the cross so that I may live….wdespite the sinning I have done. Please keep me in those wonderful hands and guide and protect me. I will not let that rooster get me down just to remind me of past transgressions. I will go forward each day and walk in the Light of the Lord.

  31. Elaine May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    THANK GOD, I’M FORGIVEN AND FREEEEEE!!!!!

  32. Kendra May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    THANK YOU GOD, I AM FORGIVEN!!! Thank you Sharon, I really needed this reminder this morning!!! <3

  33. Tina Andrews May 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  34. Julia May 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”Amen

  35. Julia Garcia Goodale May 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”Amen.

  36. Madeline May 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Thank you for that message-I needed it today. Now I will remember to wring the rooster’s neck.

  37. Ngozi Nnazor May 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you Lord for forgiving me

  38. Elisa Puga May 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank God, I´m forgiven and free¡

  39. Brenda May 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Praised be to God — I’m forgiven; I’m FREE!!

  40. Laurie May 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    This was very helpful to me. I constantly hear that rooster telling me I am a failure, always will be. Thank God I am forgiven and free!

  41. Catherine May 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!

  42. Mary May 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and FREE!!

  43. Elaine Tomasello May 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  44. GA Barrette May 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Wow. What a wonderful, vivid, practical and timely sharing! thank you so much. It is important to remember daily that I am forgiven and I’m free! and that God is so willing to restore us and give us more to do for Him!

  45. denissyj May 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free.

  46. teresa May 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Thank GOD, I am forgiven and free ! Though I am not good enough , He still loves me !!!!!

  47. Mayling May 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free

  48. Eileen Houghtlin May 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!

  49. Susan May 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Thank God I am forgiven!!! His grace is ENOUGH!

  50. Diana May 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free.

  51. Laney May 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank God. I’m forgiven and FREE !!!! …JUSTIFIED by the BELOVED!

  52. Piper May 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free.

  53. Anita May 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  54. Sherri May 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free! And thank you for this post! I desperately needed this!

  55. Richele May 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Thank God, I am forgiven & free!!! I don’t know if it’s the devil or I who keeps reminding me of mutt sins, but this is a wonderful reminder of what to do about it!

  56. Debbie May 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Thank god, Ii’m forgiven and free!!!

  57. Debbie May 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    thank God, I’m forgiven and free!!

  58. Paula May 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Thanking God, that I’m forgiven and have been set free!!!

  59. Debbie May 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  60. Jacqueline Cortez May 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank God am forgiven and free!!!!!

  61. Maureen May 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Thank God I Am Forgiven And Free!!!!

    I needed this today so much. Lord you are Awesome! Thank you Jesus for this.

  62. Helen May 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Helen May 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!!!!!!

  64. Helen May 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!!!!!!

  65. Margarita May 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Thank God I am forgiven and I am free.

  66. Karryle Dees May 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    I am very grateful for the forgiveness and the freedom that I have been given!

  67. Julie May 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Thank God! I am forgiven and I am free!

  68. Marli Sanders May 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!!!

  69. Rita May 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free!!!!!

  70. Joy May 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Thank You God! I’m forgiven and free.
    Wow! I’ve had a rooster crowing for days. Thank you Sharon. Blessings to you and yours!

  71. Kristi May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Thank God I am forgiven and I am free. Thank God for His love for me.

  72. Katrina Friend May 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  73. Abigail May 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and FREE!

  74. Tina May 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    My chains are gone, I’ve been set free…no more guilt, no more shame.

  75. Debra May 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and I’m Free!!

  76. Maureen Barnett May 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Thank God I’m Forgiven and Free! I stand in Awe sometimes of His Forgiveness after All I have done wrong! Thank You for this reminder Sharon! God Bless You!

  77. maggie May 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Thank God I’m delivered and free

  78. Patricia May 23, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free !!! Thanks Sharon for your devotionals that help to increase my faith ! Blessings

  79. Jennifer Collins May 23, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    THANK GOD! I’m forgiven and free!!

  80. Terri May 23, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free!

  81. Sneha May 23, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!

    God bless you Sharon.. thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful message of God’s forgiveness.. this message will always remain in my heart cause the rooster keeps crowing..

    This is another life changing messages from you that will remain as a reminder on my heart always..

    Thank you so much..

  82. Suzy May 23, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    THANK GOD I’M FORGIVEN AND FREE !!!!

  83. Noelle May 23, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free

  84. Belinda May 23, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free! Thank you Sharon for your words of encouragement. You are a light! May God continue to bless and inspire you with his word.

  85. Belinda May 23, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Thank God, I’m forgiven and free! Thank you Sharon for your words of encouragement. You are a light! May God continue to bless and inspire you with his word.

  86. Irene May 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Thank God am forgiven and free!!!! Thanks Sharon for the reminder, you are a blessing.

  87. Carol Mundy May 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!! Can’t help but shed a few tears over this one as we well know that Satan won’t leave us alone, but we can cry this out every morning when our feet hit the floor and be reminded of how much God loves us, so much that He sent His one and only Son to die a cruel death on a cross for us! Thank you Jesus! Love your stuff, just what is needed, but then, God always knows just what we need, doesn’t He? Powerful stuff.

  88. nova May 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    thank god im forgiven and free

  89. Cindy neufeld May 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    I am forgiven and free!

  90. Mary Louise Smith May 25, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    I am forgiven and free!!!!!

  91. michelle devol May 25, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Thank you Lord that I am forgiven and free even though you know I don’t deserve.

  92. Judith Miller May 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you gracious Lord, that I am forgiven and free and I will walk in your forgiveness and deliverance!!!!

  93. Camely May 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free. Free to continue on in HIS plans for me.

  94. Lorie Vega Jones May 26, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Thank you Lord that I’m forgiven and free! You loved me so much and thought I was worth it! Jesus loved his wife (world) So much that he said Father I will die for my wife for her sins and for her health. Divine Benefits! For by God’s Grace, YES I’M FORGIVEN and FREE. AMEN

  95. cynthia paz May 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Thank u Lord that I am forgiven & free…this message came at the perfect time, I had a heaviness within me. Thank u Jesus for your grace!

    • Harrieta Fonmanu June 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Thank you Lord that I am FREE and FORGIVEN

  96. Ruth June 3, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Thank God I Am forgiven and set free, no more condemnation:)

  97. Sara June 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Thank The Good Lord and I am Forgiven and Free… Boy I needed that that rooster crows alot reminding me of past sins already forgiven and gets me down .. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for your children .. for this child I am ever so grateful.

  98. Ann Mansel June 10, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free

  99. Jay June 22, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Thank God I am forgiven and free!

  100. o j June 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    I am absolutely free and forgiven! Thank You, my sweet Jesus!

  101. Mary Mbeya July 16, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    Goodbye guilt and condemnation. I am forgiven and I am free.

  102. Victoria July 16, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free.

  103. Lynda Green July 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Thank God im forgiven and free.

  104. Lillie August 18, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Thank God,I am forgiven and free

  105. Deborah August 18, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Thank God, I am forgiven and free! Jesus Loves me. Just as I am.

  106. Judy August 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Wow …. I word picture I will not forget quickly …. wow.

    • Ipeleng November 5, 2014 at 5:53 am #

      Thank you Lord, for You have Forgiven me.

  107. Jordan November 10, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Thank God I am totally forgiven and free!!! 🙂

  108. Erica November 24, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    Thank GOD, I’m forgiven and free…….The chains are broken!!

  109. Jackline wambui January 23, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Thank God, am forgiven and free. That was so direct to me, i gave my life to christ sometimes back but the devil keep reminding me of my past mistakes and i feel like i have not been forgiven completely. I needed to get that assurance that what Jesus went through on Calvary was enough for me. If invited to Kenya, can you come? Jackline from Kenya.

  110. Jodi Gregor April 9, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    Thank GOD I’m forgiven & free!! Amen!

  111. Leslie F. April 27, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    “Thank God, I’m forgiven and free!”

  112. joanne August 3, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    Thank God i’m forgiven and freeeeeeeee

  113. Karen September 30, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free

  114. Wendy January 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Thank God I’m forgiven and free!!

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