Daily Devotional – 8/28/14 “The enemy’s request!”

Oh my God! That’s just how I feel at the moment. I got an Oh my God bubbling in my spirit. So much so that I feel like shouting it out! No, I don’t mean just an ordinary shout out and if you’ve never been in the place I’m currently in, where it feels like something is happening to you and you can’t explain it then you wouldn’t even begin to understand, so just excuse me for a moment. I’ve been to revival for two nights straight and oh my God. On last night the pastor preached from Luke 22:31-32 “The enemy’s request” and oh my God! See, I’ve read it before and I’ve even done a devotional on it but it was something the Pastor said last night in revival that got me. Yea, see; I didn’t feel good on last night because of this old migraine that came back about a month ago with vice grips but baby when I say this revival has been revitalizing to my soul; My God! Luke 22:31 says, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Now, not only did Jesus call Peter by Simon but He called him Simon twice because Peter had started acting like his old ways. (Some of y’all will miss that.) Yet Jesus said in Luke 22:32, “but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Isn’t that something? Here God is telling you the enemy has requested you to do his dirty work yet He is praying your faith holds. God is saying, satan has requested to sift you like wheat, in order words, do his bidding; yet God is saying but I’m right here praying that your faith sustains you! Yes, God is saying, the enemy is right here in my face making a request for you to go to war for him but I’m yet praying on your behalf. Oh God! I could go into detail on how wheat is sifted but let me give you a crash course. The wheat is spread out and beaten so that the edible is separated from the nonedible (chaff). Then take a pitchfork, stick it in a stack of wheat, throw it up in the air so that the edible wheat (heavy wheat) falls back down and the nonedible is blown away (That’s the old way because now machines do it but you get it). Child, you’re wondering why you feel like you’re shaking, it’s you been sifted like wheat; will your faith stand? You’re wondering why it feels like you’re on unsteady ground; it’s you been sifted like wheat; will your faith stand? You’re wondering why it seems like all hell is breaking loose around you but nothing is moving, that’s you been sifted like wheat; will your faith stand? The enemy is requesting to sift you like wheat but God is praying your faith stands? Will it?

You had to be shook out to save, scattered to be sanctified, searched to be secured, sought to be separated, set up to serve, shaken to be sharpened and shattered to be strengthen all for you to be sifted to now be shifted!

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