And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32
You can be a believer but not be converted.
Peter was one of Jesus disciples, a believer, but he had not been converted.
You can believe in God but, not be LIKE God. You can have faith and be disobedient, even rebellious towards God. You can receive revelation from God the father, but deny Jesus the next day! We can quote the bible all day and every night, but not apply the word of God to our every day life. Or like many of us, attend church all day and every single service, yet remain in the same old mentality as that you had in the world.
In order for church attendance to be progression in our lives, we need to live in a pleasing way to God. And not by actions, but by believing the truth in our hearts: of who God says He is, and who He says we are. This means we need to be transformed, we need to be changed.
ALL BELIEVERS MUST ALLOW GOD TO WORK, THEREFORE DAILY WE MUST REPENT AND SURRENDER OUR SOULS TO GOD.
Peter was a disciple of Christ
- witnessed Christ works and preaching
- casted out demons, healed the sick
- Peter walked on water
- Jesus said to him “upon this rock I build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
Peter denied Jesus
– He did not see things through God’s eyes
– He loved His life, feared death
– He esteemed people’s opinions over God’s opinion
I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not; and when you are converted, strengthen the brotherhood.
Peter had to go through that process, because He needed to deal with his human (fallen) nature. Some people think that once they are saved, they are completely changed and that is not true: if we do not confront and work in partnership with God to change, we will still be the same. Remember when we are saved, we receive a clean spirit and a new heart, but all that was in your mind and heart, and body remains the same. When we fail, God already has a plan that we would be strengthened again, and when we are, we are to go minister to God’s people. This is not to say that we sin, with an “I don’t care” attitude, but we will fail God, it is better to accept it now than to never know it or live in denial.
Jesus asked him three times “Peter, do you love me?”
Through Jesus abundant grace, like rivers of love. Do you love me Peter?
So NOW go!! And strengthen your brothers and sisters, go feed God’s sheep.
God, may each person reading this be encouraged. It makes me really sad when my friends call me to tell that they are leaving church or leaving God, because they cannot stop sinning. Or because they thought they were changed, and have found out that they are the still same crazy sinners. Touch them lord, and visit them in the nighttime. give them understanding of your grace and sovereignty in Jesus name. Amen.