Jesus said this to Peter, “but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].” Jesus knew Peter would deny Him when He went to the cross but He prayed that Peter would return and strengthen his brothers to keep moving forward in the faith.
I had written previously about my Bible Study on Faith and how I got sick and couldn’t complete the little books I was making. I had said then that I didn’t understand why that was happening to me. I have since figured it out. It came to me in a song from Elevation Church, my flesh failed. It wasn’t my faith in God to help me complete it that failed, it was my flesh. The name of the song is Give Me Faith. I also stumbled across something on You Tube about following your flesh that helped me. I had felt so bad, like a failure for not finishing the books but now I see that I was working against a force beyond my control. If I knew then what I know now, that Satan is a flesh devil and this is the only way he can tempt us, then maybe with my faith in practice I could have been strong in Jesus and defeated him.
I have had a sort of wilderness experience this past couple of weeks. During this time I felt sad and distant from God. I have felt like I have lost Him. But I learned that Satan is spiritually dead and can only come at me through my flesh. With God’s Word I can defeat him like Jesus did. This is why it’s so important to know God’s Word. We really don’t know when we are going to need it. When you are in a place of distance it’s hard to get back. You know what you need to do to get there but you can’t make yourself do it. It’s like Satan has a grip on you. If you are ever in this situation I recommend asking other believers for prayer. I asked my sister. Night before last my husband told me the next morning I was having a nightmare and woke me up and all I said was ‘thank you’. I don’t remember any of it, all I can guess is I was fighting demons because I feel so much better now. I also had a dream before that where I said that I’m bored with my life and my days aren’t fulfilling. This is Satan again trying to bring me down. Boredom is evil. God showed me a book that looks interesting called Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist . It’s about slowing down and stopping yourself from the pride of trying to be perfect. It’s about having a soulful relationship with God, meaningful. I’m going to give it a try.
I listened to Jim Caviezel the other day and he said every time we sin we are denying Jesus. He is the guy who played Jesus in the Passion Of The Christ. I thought how right he is but Jesus knows ahead of time that we will do this and He loves us anyway. That’s the Good News that Jesus died WHILE we were and are still sinners. That’s the beauty of His love! We only have to have faith in Him. Faith that He is who He says He is and He is our way to heaven. If our faith doesn’t fail Satan can’t touch us. As it says in Hebrews 2:14, 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil. Jesus broke the power of Satan over us, we have to choose life! God has given us authority over our own choices, it’s up to us to kick the devil out!