Luke 22:31 (NKJV) And the Lord said,[c] “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
When Jesus walked the earth, He knew all too well the fierceness of the powers of evil and how Satan comes with every weapon in hell to sift the Lord’s disciples. I don’t think any one of us knows or understands the great conflict raging right now in the spirit realm. We also do not realize how determined Satan is to destroy all saints who have fixed their hearts firmly on going all the way with Christ. As a Pastor of the Lord’s church I know this truth all too well!
In our Christian walk, we cross a line; I call it the “Moment of truth” which sets off every alarm in hell. The moment you cross that line into a life of obedience and dependence on Jesus, determined in your heart never to go back, you become a threat to the kingdom of darkness and a target of principalities and powers. The testimony of every believer who turns to the Lord with all their heart, hungering after holiness and a deeper walk with Jesus, includes the sudden breaking forth of strange and intense troubles, trials and testing! Are you experiencing some tough times in your life?
Maybe you were once a part-time disciple. You loved the Lord, but you were spiritually lazy. You were not an avid student of the Bible or inclined to spiritual things. You did not want to be a fanatic, and things in your life went quite smoothly. The enemy of our soul (The devil) didn’t bother with you much because you were a fence-straddler.
Point to Ponder- But now, many of you reading today’s message are all business for God. The Lord’s Word has come alive to you and you pray, you weep, you love lost souls. Everything has changed, including your trials. What great heart-change you have experienced! Yet at the same time you need to be aware you have made waves in the Kingdom of darkness in the unseen world. You’ve crossed over to the moment of truth. To those who have crossed over to the moment of truth, Jesus says, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith should not fail” (Luke 22:32).
Pastor James Baker, Jr.