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Luke 22:31-32

Luke 22:31–32 (ESV): 31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

Faith is not just a key element to our salvation but also our sanctification. When the enemy wants to sift us it's our faith that helps us overcome. Interestingly enough it is Peter who would later write "Resist him, firm in your faith (1 Pt 5:9)." Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn 2:8) and faith in Him overcomes the enemy. It's by the blood of the Lamb we overcome the enemy (Rev 12:12).

Jesus mentioned to Peter that trials were coming that would rock his faith. The enemy was asking for Peter by name to sift him like a farmer does his wheat. This is what happened the night Jesus was arrested. Peter was sifted in the courtyard, fear overtaking him. Jesus said He prayed for his faith to not fail so he could overcome it. Peter did falter. His faith did fail him. Thus Jesus went on to say, "when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." He would go on to be restored by Jesus and we are strengthened to this day by him.

How should we respond to spiritual attacks in our lives? We should stand firm in our faith. Satan can do nothing to the believer whose faith is firm in Jesus Christ because Jesus has overcome him. This makes us more than conquerors in Christ! So focus on building an unbeatable faith by consuming the Word of God (Ro 10:17). Amen?

Father, we thank You for the gift of faith to believe in Your Son. We thank You for Your Word that helps us build our faith more and more. Help us to have the faith to overcome every temptation and trial through the blood of the Lamb and use the word of our testimony to encourage others we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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