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Faith Don't Fail Me Now

  7/29/2014, devotion for week #31 
  Reference: Luke 22:31-32, Job 1:9-11, Hebrews 4:15

In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus says to Peter the disciple, “Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 

Our faith like Peter’s, is an attribute Satan desires to prey upon and Jesus needs to pray for. There is something so powerful about the potential that lies within our faith until Satan is in hot pursuit to break us down, separating the good from the bad (to sift) so that strategically the bad prevails over the good. And in many instances, that is the case.

Satan "demanded permission” of God. It’s the same audacity recorded in Job chapter one, where Satan challenges Job’s commitment before God, (Job 1:9-11). Ultimately, Job's latter days ended better than his former days.

For many of us today, that is not the case. Under the pressures of life seemingly gone awry, we allow our faith to, at a minimum, fade. And for some, faith fails.

However, God never intends for the final judgment of our faith to be stamped “failed.” But also understand that more than your possessions, finances, health, relationships, jobs, etc.; Satan’s main target is your faith.

Jesus told Peter, “Satan has demanded…but I have prayed for you...” Then Jesus personally and prophetically revealed “…when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Focusing on failures only keeps us on a path of failing faith.

When Jesus, the great high priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15) prays for us, the script is flipped on Satan. Failure is not final. So be committed to seeing your strengths through God's eyes not your failures through your eyes.  

 

 

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