Luke 22:31 - "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.
Jesus, in this text calls out Peter's name twice. There is something very important that Jesus wants Peter to be made aware of. His attention is urgently needed for He is about to be told something of importance.
Throughout the bible God has made know to us that we indeed have an adversary called satan. God has also warned us of his goal.
Jesus describes him as a thief in John 10:10a The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
Jesus again describes satan as our enemy, the devil In 1 peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Just from these couple of verses, we see satan's goal. He wants us to wear us out with hurt, pain, rejection, disappointments, denial, gossip, betrayal, lack, sickness, unbelief and on and on so that we can quit trusting and believing God, to make us quit praying, quit coming to church, quit serving and quit believing that God truly loves and cares for you. His goals is to rid you of every thought of God being our God because of life's circumstances.
This testing of Peter's faith is called a sifting like wheat process.
One step involved in sifting (wheat) is tossing the wheat in the wind to allow the chaft to be separated from the wheat. In other words, Peter's faith was going to be tested in a way that it has never been tested before. But God! Jesus prayed that when Peter is tested that he would not give up his faith and quit, but that he would press on and once he is restored, to help his brothers.
The fact of life is that we all will go through test, trials, difficulties and temptations. In this text, Jesus gives Peter a warning in telling him that "satan desires to sift him as wheat", but he also comforts him with these words "but I have prayed for you."
The disciples are proof to us that if they walked with the Lord and had to go through the test and trials of life, you and I are not exempt.
Even though God allows us to be tempted, we are still accountable for how we respond to the temptation. None of us can state the claim "satan made me do it"! Yes, he tempted us, but he did not do the sinning for us, we did!
What we all need to take away from this text on today is the fact that the enemy will tempt us in many ways, but we do not have to give into his temptation. God has given us power and authority in His Word and we must use it.
The power of our enemy, satan is limited and it can not go beyond the range of which God allows it. I do not care how much power the enemy has, one thing for sure and that is "God's power is stronger!"
Regardless of what temptations satan throws at you, "BUT GOD"!
1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Yes, satan desires to sift us as wheat, "BUT GOD"!
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving you a way of escape.
I love you all with the love of Christ!