SIFTED AND SECURED

SIFTED AND SECURED
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luke 22:31-32
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There are times when a certain truth intersects us repeatedly and Christ speaks to us emphatically through it.
This is “one” such blessed passage.
Be blessed and encouraged this day, my friend.
Christ is going to perform His perfect will through your imperfect life;
It’s not a possibility … it’s a promise.
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Reflect on this excellent book excerpt from Falling Forward.
“Jesus warned Peter that he would be ‘sifted’ by the enemy. Jesus knew Peter was going to experience a fall, his own failure, and be devastated by it. Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail even in the midst of his worst moments. But here’s my favorite part: before any of this had happened, before Peter had denied Christ and experienced the shame and desolation of failure, Jesus said to Peter,
When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers (Luke 22:32).
I love that Jesus said that.
Jesus knew this failure would threaten to destroy Peter. But with this simple statement, He assured His disciple of two things:
1) He was confident that Peter would ‘turn back,’ in other words, repent and recover from the crisis.
And ...
2) This crisis would uniquely prepare Peter to be a source of strength, comfort, and encouragement to others.”
In similar fashion …
Your brokenness puts you right where God wants you;
Not too proud, not too arrogant, but humble and ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty.”
-Sandi Patty
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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28