Posted by: springsinthedesert | February 2, 2011

Let Your Faith Be Strong

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift 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.”

  Luke 22:31-32

Have you noticed that most of our spiritual failures and emotional breakdowns happen immediately after a happiest and most victorious experience? Thats so true in my life. After I have experienced a triumphant victory in a spiritual battle, I have noticed satan trying to oppose me with greater trials. Why does that happen? It is always to take away the faith and trust in God that you have just received through your recent victory. All that satan wants to do in your life is to make you doubt God and His promises. If you look into the book of Luke, chapter 22, you will understand that Jesus is going to have the last supper with His disciples. And Jesus said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (verse 15). It would have been an amazing experience. The disciples are going to have the communion with the Lord, which we all do in remembrance of Him. Not only that, Jesus is going to give them a promise regarding their position in the Kingdom of God. Verse 28-30 says “You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel”.

In my imagination I see all the disciples excited and happy about the thrones that they are going to receive in the Kingdom of God. I would like to point to you, two disciples that are going to be attacked by the enemy after their great revelation about heaven. One is the traitor, Judas and the other is Peter. Judas is going out to the world with the thought of betraying Jesus and Peter is going to face a great challenge in his life..he is going to deny Jesus 3 times. But the difference between the two is that Judas did not repent of his act, but Peter did and so he was accepted by God. Jesus knew what his disciples are going to face in this earth and He foretold that to Peter. In a way, He is telling Peter “Its true that there are great and mighty things in heaven, but you are still in this world and satan is so real.”

But can satan demand anything from God? We see that in the book of Job. Satan was given permission to afflict Job in many ways, but not to touch his life. Satan may be strong enough to do many disasters in this world, but only with the permission of God. He is the stronger entity. Everything is under God’s control. Satan cannot do anything beyond what is allowed by God. Now, you might ask, after all, why does God allow such things on His children? Though satan think about different ways to destroy you, God uses those trials to perfect His child. He is purifying us with every trial that we face on this earth.

No matter what we have to go through in life, we believe in a God who intercedes for us. He prayed for Simon, so that his faith will not fail in all these trials he was about to face. When satan had asked for us to be sifted as wheat, Jesus was not just watching us , He was praying for us to the Father, so that we will not be sifted and put into his large pit of faithless people. He was praying that our faith will not fail, instead grow all the more strong so that we will not be able to pass through his sieve.

Do you think that we faced all those challenges in our own strength? Do you think that we were strong because of our faith? No..it was only because Jesus interceded for us. Jesus knew that Peter will come out successful in his challenge and so he said “when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers”. I love that part. Jesus saw great potential in Peter. He saw a leader in him. Thats why Jesus took great effort in restoring Peter after he repented for his act of denying Jesus. If Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus in turn asked him 3 times the question “Do you love me?”. When Peter was restored,  he was given the responsibility of feeding His sheep and strengthening his brothers.

Remember, when you have to face many trials in life compared to others, think that Jesus sees a great faith potential in you. He is interceding for you so that your faith will not fail. The calamity that satan brings on us is always some kind of a loss…Loss of a loved one to death. Loss of a good marriage to divorce, loss of a job, loss of a son or daughter who takes drugs…Satan is not concerned whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy. All that matters to him is to destroy our faith in God. Some of us recover from all these troubles of life and grow stronger in faith , but others just sink deeper into that terrible pit. So today, it is your responsibility to strengthen someone else who is feeble in faith. It is your responsibility to pray for others so that their faith will not fail. Be strong in those trials, because Jesus is interceding for you in heaven.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. As usual…excellent encouragment!
    I especially like the reminder at the end to pray and strength the feeble faith of others. I will be praying today for those in my life that need strength!

  2. Thank you for tackling that situation that always happens to me too, right after something good. 🙂 God bless you for helping us to keep standing with Him, to keep the faith! You are such a blessing!

  3. IT BLESSED ME TODAY. THANK YOU. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING BECAUSE I KNOW OTHERS ARE GETTING BLESSED TOO.


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