“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you Simon that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
My mind quickly thumbs through the pages of my mental Bible back to Job. The enemy had approached God about Job and desired to sift him too. The devil wanted to prove that Job would relinquish his stand of faith in God, if he had access to him for a season. God permitted it to happen. However, the devil was overcome because he failed to recognize the Author and Finisher of Job’s faith. And it wasn’t Job.
The enemy used same tactic on Peter in the verses from Luke. Although his faith would have to stand trial, the Author and Finisher had closed the book on the matter. Peter would overcome and his faith would not fail, because Jesus had already prayed and commanded that his faith would not only withstand the threshing, but also be strengthened by the trial.
There are many of us who can at least relate to Peter in this situation, if not the extremity of Job. Certainly, the enemy has desired to lay hold of us–even our faith. The goal is to shake, sift, thrash and try us until we break off from The Vine in which we are engrafted. But, Jesus who lives forever to intercede with God on our behalf has already written the conclusion of our ultimate victory. The same Source of Job and Peter’s faith is the Source of ours. He has prayed for us too that our faith would not fail.
Also true, WHEN our faith has stood trial and overcome the tactics of our common enemy, we are responsible to use our experience to help someone else. Encouraging others to exercise their faith in resistance of the attack of the devil becomes our testimony when our own faith has been tried and proven. So you see, the test of our faith is not only for us, but it is also for those that we will have to strengthen, so that they too can become more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
If the trial of your faith is at its breaking point, and your confidence in God begins to wane, then remember that the Author and Finisher of your faith has prayed for you that your faith will not fail! Nothing shall be able to separate you from the love of God, so be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. If we understand that God’s might includes all of His power, all of His authority and all of His resources, then we have no reason to fear the attempted shakedowns of the enemy. Our end has already been written from the beginning.
Who is more than conqueror? An overcomer.
Sword Sharpener: Romans 8:26-39
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