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Peter: Sifted for Service

Post  dove on Fri 05 Oct 2007, 6:50 am

Have you ever experienced a situation that seemed impossible to endure? Years later, as you looked back on that event, did you realize how that trial prepared you for things to come?

The Scriptures tell us that the Lord will sometimes allow us to be "sifted" for greater service. In other words, He may give Satan permission to affect an area of our lives. God does this to strengthen our faith and transform us into stronger witnesses for Him.

In today's passage from the gospel of Luke, Jesus explains this process to Peter: "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."

Christ knew what was about to happen over the next few days--He would die on the cross, return to life, and then ascend to heaven. He expected Peter to be the leader of His disciples and to accomplish great things for the Kingdom. But Peter wasn't ready.

So the Lord allowed Satan to "sift" Peter. In so doing, God separated the "wheat" from the "chaff"--the righteous areas of Peter's life from the ungodly areas. Ultimately, the disciple grew stronger from the experience. He played a key role in spreading the gospel following Christ's death. And in the end, Peter died because of His faith.

Had God not allowed this time of sifting, Peter wouldn't have been prepared for the events to come. As you look back on your life, how has God prepared you for difficult times?

Dr. Charles Stanely

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Re: Peter: Sifted for Service

Post  THE ROCK on Fri 05 Oct 2007, 8:08 pm

Thank you dove for putting this nice message here. It is very informative and motivating.

God bless you and your family

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Post  FaithfulSon on Wed 17 Oct 2007, 4:35 am

The Scriptures tell us that the Lord will sometimes allow us to be "sifted" for greater service. In other words, He may give Satan permission to affect an area of our lives. God does this to strengthen our faith and transform us into stronger witnesses for Him.

I do not agree with this statement as God never tests us with evil. This is clearly stated in the Bible and I believe that God never put Peter to be sifted. He simply never wanted Peter to die with Him because then all the prophecies in the Old Testament would go wrong.

This is what I feel, please do not take it personally.

God bless you.

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Post  thirsty on Wed 17 Oct 2007, 4:40 am

I agree with you "Faithful" that God never tests us with evil. However, the article explains something else. It says that God strengthens us when we face hard times. I hope that you understand this now.

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