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Under the sovereign permission of the Lord “sifting seasons” come upon us for a very specific and good reasons. Sam shares how this “sifting” is from the enemy’s side to pollute and destroy our faith but from the Lord’s side to purify and build our faith. The Lord wants us to be free of boisterous unconfirmed proclamations of loyalty and allegiance.
Luke 22:28-34, 61-62 (ESV)
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials,
29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,
30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you (plural), that he might sift you (plural) like wheat,
32 but I have prayed for you (singular) that your faith may not fail. And when you (singular) have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”
34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”
62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
Many have or will experience what this passage refers to as “sifting”.
Verse 31 uses the word “you” as a plural, meaning: The enemy demanded/asked that all of the disciples be sifted.
Verse 32 will use the word “you” in the singular as then Jesus focuses in on Peter.
Sift here is “siniazo”:
- to sift, shake in a sieve
- by inward agitation to try one's faith to the verge of overthrow
Under the sovereign permission of the Lord “sifting seasons” come upon us for a very specific and good reasons.
The “sifting” is from the enemy’s side to pollute and destroy our faith but from the Lord’s side to purify and build our faith.
The Lord wants us to be free of boisterous unconfirmed proclamations of loyalty and allegiance.
Though Peter says he would die for Jesus, it is exposed that his “flesh-produced boasting of allegiance” cannot stand against suggestions of connection with Jesus during the trying hour.
Jesus knew this, but Peter did not.
Oh, the heartbreak of finding out how faithless we can be in the trying hour.
But on the other hand, what joy it is to know the truth, to endured the teetering response, and then to come out more wholehearted in our faith than ever before.
Three things I want to clearly proclaim tonight to give you Strength for Sifting:
1. Satan longs to sift us and Jesus often gives permission for this in His wisdom.
2. Jesus is praying specifically and powerfully for us to have unfailing faith.
3. This combination is building/producing in us a pure, unshakable faith produced by the Spirit not the flesh.