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.”
Be advised of the powers of evil in the spiritual realm.
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 anyone 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 leader 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?
When you are all business for God, understand the challenges you will have to face.
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 you much because you were a fence-straddler.
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.
When you’ve crossed over to the moment of truth be prepared for the enemy (Satan) to try you in every way that he can. But because God is the greatest power you will not be defeated.
Point to ponder
When you have dedicated your life to God, you will have crossed over to that moment of truth. Satan will sound the alarm! But you take good courage because Jesus says, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith should not fail” (Luke 22:32).
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