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Sifted Wheat

  • The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have all of you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers." He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!" He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times." Luke 22:31-34 WEB.

    The Apostle Peter boldly told Jesus that he was ready to go to prison and die with Him if needed. Jesus responded and told Peter that satan had already asked to test him, to sift him like wheat, to find out what was really inside of him.

    When they ground wheat to make flour, they would sift it through a screen to separate the wheat from the impurities. Wine goes through a similar process to leave the sediment behind. This is what satan wanted to reveal in Peter, the impurities. One of Peter's biggest was fear. Peter was soon going to deny that he even knew Jesus three times because he was afraid. Peter wasn't there when Jesus was crucified or entombed because he was scared.

    Jesus told Peter, "when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." So while Peter was talking, Jesus already knew that Peter was going to be tested for a season. And that Peter would fail. Jesus wanted Peter to get back up, continue on, and strengthen the others, even though he had failed the test.

    During the sifting, things are shaking back and forth and being tossed about. To Peter, he must have felt his entire world was ending. Jesus, who he thought would eventually be King, was arrested and crucified. None of it made sense to Peter at that moment. The understanding came later.

    Sometimes we are tested to reveal what is inside of us to ourselves. Peter didn't know how much fear was inside of him until after the test. Sifting strains out the bad and brings the hidden things into plain view.

    Maybe in the past, you made a bold statement that you would serve God no matter what, then "the what" happened, and you failed. Get back up, keep going, continue on God's path. Remember the "I'll never do that again!" but yet, it's so easy to do it again. Jesus knew what would happen before He called you, and while you were telling Him about it. Yet, He called you just the same. He is not mad at you when you fail a test. We are all get sifted like wheat.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You today. You know what is best, and I choose to trust You with my life. Please strengthen me and make me steadfast. Draw my heart to You and light a fire within me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Perfect timing! Amen. 

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our strength.We love you. Amen 

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Lord, please strengthen me. Make me steadfast and light a fire within me today. Thank you! AMEN

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering my prayers. Thank You for all my Blessings. Amen

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen.  Thank you Lord Jesus!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God when I feel a pall overtaking me help me to fight it. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father For Everything Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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