“Be intentional about your faith not failing you” -God
Luke 22:31-32. 31) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Just like Peter, the enemy desires to sift us as wheat. He wants to get rid of us. He wants to cripple us with fear and the cares of this world. He wants us to question God’s sovereignty. He wants us to lose faith in God. He wants us to trust in the things of this world(money, jobs, food). He wants us to look at the people around us and lose contentment in the Lord. He wants us to think that it’s not that serious(this walk with God). He wants us to think it doesn’t take all that. He wants us to think God is all roses and peaches and there are no consequences for our decisions.
But…we are not ignorant. We are equipped. Jesus is praying for us that our faith does not fail. We have heaven on our side.
Romans 8:31 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Our job is being intentional about allowing the prayer of Jesus to reign and rule in our life. When trails come, when life comes, and doubt tries to enter…we have to remember the prayer that God prayed for Peter and for us! We have to come into agreement with Jesus and fight the good fight!
This day and hereafter, I plan on being intentional about my faith not failing me and I invite you to join me!
Ok. Now let’s briefly talk about Peter walking on water to drive this point home. (Matthew 14:24-31) 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Peter had enough faith to recognize Jesus. Peter had enough faith to ask for what he desired. Peter had enough faith to step out on God’s Word. Then he looked around at the boisterous winds of life and his faith failed. Let us look at Peter and learn. We can start in faith with God but during the process our faith can fail. Not intentionally but just by looking around. Just by briefly taking our focus off of the One who gave the Word. Thats why I can confidently say that it does take ALL of that(reading the Word, praying, fasting, living consecrated) because it was just a brief moment that Peter looked away. We don’t want a brief moment to take our eyes off of Jesus and contribute to our faith failing. Boisterous winds can be desires not being fulfilled in our timing, seeing the lifestyles of others, or simply just being too lazy to put God first. Then “BAM!”, that quick our faith has failed.
The great thing about God is that although Peter was reprimanded, God still caught his hand so that he wouldn’t end in destruction. God told Peter after he pulled him up, “[…] O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Again. Let us learn from Peter and be intentional about our faith not failing us.
How can we be intentional about our faith not failing? Keep our eyes on the One who spoke the Word and not the wind.
Can I say another thing??
No matter what…God is still God.
P.S. When God speaks to us I believe we should write it down and refer to it often. Not to mention His love letter of 66 books(the bible) that we can refer to.