Summary: A sermon examining the fact that restoration is possible for those followers of Christ who have failed.
Even When We Fail, Jesus Is There
Have you ever failed in some way? Have you caused trouble and heartache for your family or friends? Have you made a decision that had a lasting impact on your life? Maybe it had an impact on others as well. Many times when we fail, those who are the closest to us are the first to judge or throw us away! The Word of God doesn’t tell us to judge or throw someone away! Scripture says “If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
We have all been in difficult situations at one time or another. There may be one here tonight, who has fallen into sin and you feel all alone. You are embarrassed, ashamed and afraid. You feel that there is no hope, that there is no answer to your problem. You feel that there is no answer to the situation that you find yourself in. I have good news! When no one else cares, JESUS DOES! When others won’t forgive, JESUS WILL! When you feel unlovable, JESUS LOVES!
We are not perfect, We make bad choices, We fall into temptation, We sin, But we are not without hope. If you have fallen away, If you have sinned, Jesus has not thrown you away! He still loves you. He knew you were going to sin before you did it.I am not here to make excuses or to endorse sin, but I do want to share a few words of encouragement for those who have.
I want to look at what is desired from you. I want to see what Satan desires and then see what the Savoir desires. Join me as we consider the thought “ Even When We Fail, Jesus Is There"
Let us begin by examining:
I. Our Scheming Adversary - v31 the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Jesus gives Peter a warning that “Satan desired to have him”. This is not specific to this text. The same happened to Joshua the high priest he was "standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him".
Though you have eternal security, that Satan still desires to affect your life and testimony. We deal with Satan on a daily basis. Temptation comes, spiritual attacks are real. Life would be great if we could live it without these attacks. But it doesn’t work that way
1) Why does Satan desire you? - The verse says “That he may sift you as wheat” - This is an agricultural term that refers to the process of separating the husk of the wheat from the grain. The wheat was crushed under foot, and then it was thrown into the air. The chaff, or husk, was blown away by the wind and the good grain was left behind.
Satan wanted to prove that Peter was not genuine in his faith; He believed that he would be successful at making Peter fail. He had been successful with Judas, so why not go after the rest. Consider the actions of the disciples after this conversation: Peter denies Jesus and all but John practically disappear for a while.
Just like the disciples, Satan desires to have you and sift you as wheat just as much as he desired to have them. - 1 Peter 5:8 ¶Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Satan wants you to become discouraged and give up. When he is successful you will lose peace, joy and victory in your life.When this happens you will have a negative effect on everyone you come in contact with.
There will be a negative impact on other Christians.You will also have a negative impact on a the lost. This is excatly what Satan wants. He desires everyone here. If you are lost he wants to deceive you into believing that you don’t need Jesus. He wants you to think that there are no consequences to living a life of sin. If you are saved, he wants to deceive you into believing that the Christian life is not worth it, that you can’t live it, that you are wasting your time, that you are missing out on all of the good stuff and that you can’t have a successful walk.
Satan always desires destruction, but as we will see in v32 Jesus desires determination. Consider:
II. Our Strong Anchor - v32 (Jesus said) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Notice the phrase “That thy faith fail not” We all know that Peter failed in a huge way, but his faith was not overthrown. Jesus is calling Peter to live with determination and endurance. So many times we have the mindset that we know we are going to fail so why fight it. The bible gives several verses that prove that is false. - James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Sometimes it is hard to keep this determination, but I can’t think of a verse that is more encouraging than v32 in our text - “But I have prayed for thee” How awesome this is, Peter hasn’t even done anything yet and Jesus says ” I PRAYED for thee” (past tense)