“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 ‭NKJV‬‬

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬-‭11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


Periodically, I find myself reflecting on the younger me, the baby Christian who years before began this walk of faith, knowing little, and struggling greatly. In my ignorance, I had great boldness, demanding from God refinements that I did not fully understand, and then recoiling in horror as the Lord honored my prayers.

I am not sure I would have prayed for half the things I asked for had I known the price to be paid. But standing in the here and now, I am in a place of rejoicing, for through the trouble that I have endured, I have been able to see, in retrospect what the Lord has done in my life.

I also have the opportunity to tell those who are coming along, to instruct them on the faithfulness of God. Over these last three years I have had the opportunity to pass on the benefit of what I have learned.

Peter was nearing the end of his journey, having served the Lord, and was taking time to share what He has learned. He had been a brash fisherman, given to action, often without forethought. In His last days with Jesus, he boldly held that he would be there until the end.

“But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.””
Luke 22:33-34 NKJV

What followed were dark times, after his denial of Jesus. He even for a time, drifted from the ministry, opting to go fishing. But, Jesus was not done with him.

“After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.”
John 21:1-3 NKJV

I marvel at the Lord’s tendency to intervene on behalf of those He loves and has called. The Lord Jesus reminded Peter of the first call, when He provided an abundant catch of fish. Once again, He beckoned them back with a similar miracle.

“Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.”
John 21:5-7 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, this journey with Jesus is a long one, filled with growth and much learning. There are also, along the way, seasons of drawing near and falling away. But know this, my people, the Lord is faithful and will complete HIs work. Just as Jesus warned Peter, he was indeed sifted, and just as Jesus had said, He returned and strengthened the brethren.

The coming days will be greatly condensed, with many of us seeing mighty works of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints. Even now, I am seeing the Lord moving mountainous strongholds amongst the those who have called upon the name of the Lord.

Through all to come, we will gain learning that we will pass on to others. The Lord Jesus restored Peter, commissioning Him to be the first to stand for the Gospel. For every denial, the Lord thrice commissioned Peter to feed His sheep.

In a matter of days, this brash fisherman, so bold and reckless, stood more boldly on Pentecost, upon the giving of power from above.

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.”
Acts 2:14-17 NKJV

In the coming days, weeks, months and perhaps years, we will see such great miracles, as the Lord commissions many to go and proclaim the Gospel in the final hour.

You might be one who thinks that you could never do that, but I tell you the truth, you can’t. But I tell you this, the Lord has the power to prepare you, filling you with His Holy Spirit. Let us be willing to be used by God, vessels made ready for His use.

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