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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail.’ Luke 22:32 NASB

God wants you to do His will, but you’ll never reach the place of spiritual maturity in which you’re free of Satan. You can overcome him, but you can’t eliminate him. Look at Peter. He had only one gear: overdrive. He was always in the middle of everything that was going on, but he wasn’t always on top of things. The man who ended up leading the church first denied being a disciple of Jesus. Pretty shocking, eh? But nothing about us surprises God. He doesn’t call you and say, ‘I hope you’re the right person.’ No; Jesus told Peter, ‘…Satan has demanded to sift you…like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail …’ (Luke 22:31-32 NASB). Isn’t that an amazing revelation? Even when you don’t know how to pray for yourself, Jesus is praying for you. ‘… He ever lives to make intercession for them’ (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV). Jesus told Peter, ‘… when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers’ (Luke 22:32 NASB). Out of the mess you’re in today can come a ministry to others. Not only can God turn your life around, He can use you to turn the lives of others around too. And one more thing: God isn’t apt to think you’re worth sifting if you aren’t doing something right in the first place. Sifting is a method of purifying, of straining out the debris and refining what remains. That means there had to be something worth salvaging in you at the outset. Today God is calling you. Don’t waste another moment; surrender your life to Him.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 18:16 – 20:43 Matt 14:22-36 Ps 116 Pro 12:25

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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