Summary: Overcoming temptations, satan's sifting
Where are my people?
For those who have Bibles...
Luke 22:31-32 - "And The Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren."
God works with me thru questions.... Where are my people? The ones who have been sifted and came through.
Revivals are really not for the unsaved, but those who profess salvation.....
So, I want to give you a question to ponder; at this time in your life, is what you are doing, what you are supposed to be doing? In other words, are you walking in your divine destiny?
To thine own self, be true
I don't know if anybody else is paying attention or not, but the world is in shock and has been shocked on many fronts.
There are the terrorists attacks from various religious fanatics, suicide bombers, not just Isis. There have been earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, a continuous increase in senseless killings.
Our government has made and is still making/creating laws that are clearly against the word of God.
There are so many people in this world who are homeless, hungry and living in impoverished conditions. This is not happening only in other parts of the world, it is happening right here in America. I read somewhere that here in this country alone that there are 10 empty houses to every homeless person. And we say that we live in the best part of the world. The land of plenty.
The church, over the past couple of decades have been literally slapped in the face by the enemy so much so that we should be puking.
And, I believe thru all of that, that God is asking the question; "where are my people?
As a body of believers, we know that we are here on purpose and with purpose.
You remember the word The Lord gave to Jeremiah, I knew you... He has said the same thing to each of you. Jeremiah call was to be a prophet to the nations. Each of us has a call, a work to do for the kingdom of God.
Not only that, We say it in our prayers, let Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. And, His will is done thru us, spirit beings.
Remember, we are spirit beings housed in bodies of dust to carry out the will of God here on the Earth.
So when things get out of order here on Earth, we have been commissioned / assigned to correct it.
We are to create an Earth that is conducive for the King of glory to come and make His abode with us.
In our quoted passage of scripture, Jesus had completed the last supper with His disciples and He began to further instruct them. He eventually turns to Peter and says Simon, Simon, satan has desired to have you....
How many of you know that satan has to have permission to touch your life. Remember Job? (Expound) Not only that, we give him permission when we don't know who we are.
~~~satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat......
Sifting wheat was the process of separating the kernels of grain from the "chaff", that held them.
Jesus said, "Simon, satan wants to sift you and prove that you are nothing but chaff - Satan wants to convince you that you are worthless."
Scripture says the devil, prowls around as a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8).
Each one of us are vulnerable to the wiles of the devil, that is why we have to stay focused on God and His word for our lives.
We will all be sifted!
.....When we have more bills than we have money, that's sifting
.....when your children / spouse go to acting up ...
.....when your house is in foreclosure ...
.....when your health fails ...
.....when those who are supposed to love you turn their backs on you ... It's sifting.
God’s allows a sifting process to make us into what He wants us to be. He allows people, circumstances and events to take place in our lives in order to sift us. To make us better.
The fact is is that we all go through trials and difficulties. Young folk dont believe that - My mama used to say, just live. Stuff will happen.
~~~~~Then, Jesus goes on to say, but I have prayed for you.
The song writer says what a friend we have in Jesus... Jesus prays for us. Paul tells the church at Rome, that He is seated at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for us. So, since God is for you, who can be against you? (Expound)