Journey to the Cross: Week Three
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Sifted Like Wheat
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:31-32
I have always had a little irritation with Peter. While I admire His bold rashness, I am often left shaking my head because of the things he says or does without thinking. He is impulsive and impetuous, and I am probably irritated because I am so much like him. I've always thought that this matter of denying Jesus was ridiculous because he was Jesus' right hand man. And to boot, Jesus had already told him what would happen. And yet Peter still didn't recognize it when it was happening.
It won't be long before Peter is doing just what Jesus said, encouraging his brothers by his story. We too can use our mistakes to lift others up. Let's not be discouraged by the times when we fall. Instead, let's allow them to draw us nearer to our Savior and make His Name known.
Let's be honest about where we are today. Admit it if we have failed. Admit that we cannot live this life without God's help. And remember, He is near to the humble (James 4:6).
2/16/2021 09:12:51 am
I've been there--able only to tell Him "I want to want to." Bless His Name, He meets us where we are and draws us to Himself.
2/16/2021 09:18:49 am
I am so thankful, Barbara, that He meets us where we are and draws us to Himself! Praise the Lord!!! Without that pursuing and drawing, where would we be today?
2/16/2021 10:59:02 am
I am reading Peter's letters, and in awe of the man he became. God has no shortage of creativity with the raw material we hand over to him.
2/16/2021 02:44:44 pm
Jesus changes everything, Michele. That's all I can say. EVERYTHING!
2/16/2021 05:16:31 pm
Praise be to God!
2/16/2021 02:46:11 pm
Thankful for His mercy, grace, intercession and the examples like Peter that He left us in His Word! Peter gives me hope!
2/16/2021 02:30:06 pm
Thank you for these strong words of encouragement! I love that our regret can be used for regeneration and birthing something new in us.
2/16/2021 02:49:37 pm
I was so encouraged by this as well, Tammy! I really needed it this week as I for sure feel as if I have been sifted like wheat! Pease and grace to you as well. :)
2/17/2021 10:21:42 am
Oh, how I relate to the things some people like Peter did! LOL I love this sweet encouragement about what to do when we fall. God is so full of grace for us!
2/18/2021 09:14:15 am
Rebecca, I am so thankful for God's grace in my life! Left to myself, I would make a huge mess of things.
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