Speaking from experience

iStock_000009902122XSmallLuke 22:31-34 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Speaking from a position of experience creates concrete credibility because we’ve entered the realm of “been there, done that.” One can also reason that any logic of “theory” or “I think so’s” have been completely sealed in the box of null and void due to experience.

In the realm of spiritual warfare, the Apostle Peter could speak on this subject with authority! In Luke chapter 22, the disciples are partaking in the Passover supper with Jesus. During the Passover supper, Jesus reveals that one of the twelve will betray him.

In the mist of Jesus’ revelation, a dispute ensues among the disciples regarding who the betrayer is and who is the greatest among the disciples. After Jesus reveals more revelation regarding what’s in store for the disciples, He reveals to Peter how Satan has asked to sift him as wheat.

Peter, in assured authority adamantly proclaims to Jesus that he is not only ready to go to prison with Jesus, but will lay down his life for Jesus! I have no doubt that Peter meant what he said that day, but Jesus knew that in the heat of the moment Peter would falter and falter he did (Luke 22:54-62).

Thus, when Peter mentions in 1 Peter 5:8-11 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen,” he is speaking from a position of authority and experience.

As with everything I write about, the goal is to point hearts to the love and saving grace of Jesus. The love and saving grace of Jesus moved Peter to receive the restoration (John 21:15-19) Jesus lavished upon him even though Peter felt a deep sense of condemnation based on his actions.

We are to be aggressive receivers of God’s love and grace for Christ died for you and I that we might not only have a relationship with Him, but so we will have a relationship with Him that isn’t based on our merits or deeds. There is NO condemnation for those who believe in the one who is able to save without finding fault!

Like Peter, may we learn from our life experiences as we are compelled by the power of Jesus’ love and overwhelming power to freely/aggressively receive the gift of God’s grace. To God be the glory, amen!

** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click “Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you. Please remain secure in the promise that all prayer request are kept confidential. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

May God continue to keep and bless you always.

Lionel Sneed

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