March 11th, 2018

Luke 22:31-34 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. [satan wants to “sift” all believers]  But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, [Jesus is on your side – HE is interceding on your behalf] that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, [You will fail sometimes.  Sometimes small, sometimes big  REPENT]  strengthen and build up your brothers.” [Once you experience the restoration only God can bring TELL OTHERS!  Strengthen yourself…your faith…encourage others.  Build into their lives]  Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” [Reality:  Peter had much to learn.  Peter was prideful.  His words said one thing, his actions would speak something different]  But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. [that is never good.  “Let me tell you something”] The rooster will not crow tomorrow morning until you have denied three times that you even know me.”  NLT [Peter, you are going to blow it so bad, you can’t even fathom the explosion of FAIL]

Faith is no crutch

Living your life for God is tough at times

  • The world is against you
  • Satan is against you
  • Sometimes it is your family and friends that are against you
  • You are against you

Simon Peter was full of pride and gravitas when things were going well for them and Jesus.  He could not see any possibility of failure.  Everyone was praising his “Boss” Jesus, they were widely accepted and everything seemed to be turning up roses.

Jesus let him know that he was about to learn the lesson of Proverbs 11:2 “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” NLT

 

The reality is that when we think we have it all figured out and we can do anything, for God or for ourselves, we will soon find out just HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO LEARN.

Faith is not lived by the successes or failures we see in the world

Faith is lived ABOVE the mess of this life

Faith is lived for God, not ourselves or others

Faith takes work – it isn’t easy
Faith is easy to say, easy to fake BUT hard to live

It is easier to “LIVE IN” a faith than to truly “LIVE BY” Faith in God.

We should come to Jesus with “the faith of a child”   Matt 19:14

Simple, pure and complete

But we are to grow up and build a mature faith that is able to stand strong, even in adversity.  Hebrews 6:13 – 14 (Milk to Meat)

Simon Peter was still working on this.

But he was really still a FAITH CHILD

                        And his immaturity was about to show

             So are many others who are still spiritual babes, living around faith but not walking in true faith.

Simon Peter had some work to do
He had the words down
He was in the right place
He was doing the work
BUT….So was Judas
He lacked the discipleship of love3
Love God AND Love others

Faith please God!       I want to make God smile!!    Do You?

Hebrews 11:6 “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”  NLT

We often think we are exempt from struggle, or pain or trouble.

BUT WE ARE NOT!

Matthew 5:44-46 “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too.”   NLT

As opposition grew, Simon Peter’s faith dwindled.

There will be times when your actions or words deny Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Simon Peter is acting perfectly HUMAN!

            FAILED FLESH FAILING FAMOUSLY

Christians are human beings, true.

Christians struggle with the humanity inside of them by birth, true.

Christians are called to WALK BY FAITH and not by sight.

CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO REPENTANCE!

And when we REPENT we are to GET BUSY for God!

So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” 

1 John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”   NLT

Jesus showed us the path to faith

Know the Word
Pray…. continually

Stay CLOSE to the Father
Serve
Care
Submit
Sacrifice

All in love

But, we will blow it….just like Simon Peter, Paul and every other believer that ever walked the face of the earth!

  1. Get Faith
  2. Grow Faith
  3. Live by Faith
  4. Give faith to God
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