Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
When Sifting Comes...Stay with the Savior
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“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, [that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” - Luke 22:31-34 ESV

 

I emphatically believe in the existence of Satan and in the presence of evil within the world. However, I also believe that God is the ultimate authority throughout the cosmos. No power or personality can be compared with God. God is supreme and all powerful.

 

There are moments in life when evil, temptation, and trials seem to overtake us. No Believer is immune to spiritual conflict. In fact, the Luke text seems to suggest that Satan's attack is often permitted by God. After participating in the Last Supper with Jesus, competitive disciples seem to struggle with understanding the future without Jesus. They jockey for positions of greatness and are reminded by Jesus, that Satan desires to sift them all like wheat. But then He says, "...but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."

 

The Greek word which is translated as “demanded” has the idea of a “request.” Therefore, we can conclude that Satan had asked permission to severely test the Apostle Peter. God decided to grant his request. God apparently allows Satan to test people on occasion. Job 1-2 tells us that God allowed Satan to severely test Job. Job lost members of his family, much if not all his wealth, and he was struck with sickness. God also allowed Satan to afflict the Apostle Paul with an illness that would never go away (2 Cor. 12:7-9). Scripture says that neither Job or Paul had sinned. Job’s trial was a test to prove his faithfulness. Paul’s trial was to keep him from pride. Peter’s trial was a test of his faithfulness. He failed ...initially.... but he eventually was restored and recovered.

 

We will face various tests in this life...Satan may seek to "sift" us...but Jesus has prayed for us.

Here is the encouragement:

 

1. Satan may be powerful, but his power is limited by God.
2. No matter what happens in our life...God can ultimately use our experiences to fulfill His purpose in our life.
3. Our victory is found in depending on God for everything.

 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (NASB) Eph. 6:12

 

Stay in Step with Our Savior,

 

Blessings

 

 

 

 

 


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