31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
We mentioned yesterday that satan desired to sift Peter as wheat, in other words, he desired to give Peter a series of fiery trials. However, God allowed it to happen. But why? Jesus had shepherded and evangelized the disciples in such a way that their desires were no longer towards sin.
None can come to God unless He draws them? Well, these disciples were drawn by the power and word of God. They were drawn out of sin and darkness. Their hearts had come to a place of desiring freedom from the workings of the enemy in their lives. However, there was one major trial that Peter had to endure in other to test whether he was worthy to be saved.
In fact, Peter was not the only one, but his and Judas' trials stand out the most. They both were sifted as wheat. Peter went and denied the Lord, which left him in intense sorrow. On the other hand, Judas betrayed the Lord for money, and this left him in intense sorrow.
However, the distinction between Peter's faith and Judas' faith is revealed in one thing; one repented, the other didn't. Humility is a powerful characteristic of the Spirit. If you cannot humble yourself before God and man, then your faith is failing. Judas was so proud that even though he betrayed the Lord, he rejected every word that Jesus had ever taught. Jesus had already told him that he would rise from the dead, but he did not believe.
It was his pride that caused him to commit suicide than to truly repent before God. Sorrow is not necessarily repentance. To repent you have to humble yourself to God, prefer His way, and turn from unrighteousness.
Saints, I pray that your faith fail not.
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