And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you,
that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy
faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
given us such a life that even the painful unexpected situations that we
sometimes go through, will work out so much glory and unbelievable good
things for us. In our text above, Jesus did not say 'Peter, if you come
out of it', Rather, He said 'when you come out of it'. Jesus had
absolute confidence in Peter's rising again. Jesus used the word
converted because He knew that when Peter came out of it, he would be a
better person. You also will victoriously come out in every way better
than when you went into it.
Hebrews 12:11 says now no chastening for the present seemeth to be
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Some
people don't hang in there long enough to reap the good fruit that the
situation is meant to produce in their lives. Sometimes it will
literarily feel like a death experience. In 2Corinthians 1:8-9, Apostle
Paul said, for we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble
which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above
strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the
sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves,
but in God which raiseth the dead:
Your God will not leave you in any hell or death situation, (Psa.16:10).
Don't allow the devil have you; don't give up on your faith. If you must
have any sorrow at all, make sure it is godly sorrow. Godly sorrow makes
you humble yourself before God and repent or receive any correction that
God may be ministering to you about, 2Corinthians 7:10. Have the kind of
joy that God set before Jesus, that made Him able to endure the Cross
and despise the shame He was going through, Heb.12:2.
DECLARATION: Dear God, I fix my eyes on You today because You are
the author and finisher of my faith.