Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tools Of The Enemy 8

"Luke 22:31-34
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
V32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
V33 And he said unto Him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
V34 And He said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”

At the end of three years of Peter following Jesus, this is what Jesus has to say to Peter.  They were close.  Peter had followed Jesus everywhere and Jesus speaks to like one who is getting close, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not”. 

But what about the part where Jesus says, “And when thou art converted, strengthen thy brother.”?

The word used here converted has a compound meaning.  It is not really converted like from lost to saved: The word converted as used here implies:
when you really recognize who I am
when you finally get the whole picture
when you quit acting religious and become a real man in Christ
when the light goes on and you finally see the seriousness of your place in my life.

Simon, when it finally clicks in your heart and mind what is going on, expose it to your brethren so that they too can be strengthened by it.

Pray for them as I have prayed for you, and warn them like I am warning you.  Don’t take for granted that they understand.  Tell them from your experience.

Even when you know Jesus, and you love Him, you must come to know that being a Christian is not something that happens to you and then everything is taken care of for you. 

A relationship with God is not a static relationship, but an active one."  

   Excerpt from Tools Of The Enemy by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2016

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