Storms Pt. 3

Luke 22:31-32

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 

32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.

And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.

 

“Sifting Wheat”

The first step is to loosen the grain from the chaff, husks & straw

    This is done by beating or threshing the wheat on a stone floor

 

The next step is to separate the chaff from the grain

    This is done by winnowing, or violently shaking the wheat

 

We understand this process related to wheat – Jesus applies this process to us

 

Satan has “Demanded” to test us ex.  Job

          The one who comes to steal, kill & destroy, has a plan to destroy you  

·       Beat You Down

o   Make you feel victimized – “Why me?”

·       Shake You Until You Come Apart

o   Feel the pain of loss

·       Make You Question Yourself & Question God

 

Fascinating thing about this is that Satan is granted permission

          Jesus make no effort to prevent this sifting

 

Job 16:7a, 12

Now He has worn me out;

12 I was at ease, but He has shattered me;

He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces;

He has set me up for His target.

 

Knowing that we are a target can cause us to fall into fear

          How do we act when we’re scared?

 

Fear & Doubt put a breach in your relationship with God

Without faith it’s impossible to please Him – Heb 11:6

 

Jesus only commits to do one thing:

          32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.


 

How do I have faith… ?

When God is allowing things to fail

When God is not stopping the storm from beating me up

When He sees me struggling & just walks by

When He’s letting this happen to me“What did I do?”

  

We think that faith is about believing God for something & He has to do it

We think faith is about control

 

Faith is not about control:  Faith is about trust & obedience

Faith is not measured by if God does something for you

Faith is measured when God is not doing anything for you

 

Dan 3:17-18

If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.

18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods,

nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."

 

How do I have “But if not” Faith”?

Heb 11:6… Faith makes me please Him, not Him please me

If God does not stop the storm…  I still Believe God

If God does not save the ship I’m in…  I still Believe God

If God does not stop my loss…  I still Believe God

 

How do I get to this place?

The measure of the Word in your heart produces this measure of faith

I’m going to be beaten

I’m going to be shaken

I’m going to experience loss

 

Let the Process Work

God allows this process

    Who gave the Permission?

 

God takes what Satan uses to destroy you

·       Storms

·       Being Beaten & Tossed

·       Violent Shaking

 

God makes it part of His Process to make you His Best

He allows the loss & even failure

Some things God doesn’t care about preserving

 

His only assurance is that “Your faith will not completely fail”

Faith doesn’t always stop the storms on the outside

   But it always calms the storms on the inside

 

God is working to get to your Substance

 

We can either feel victimized by the storm, or Victorious in the storm

 

 After everything that storms & sifting does to you…

Jesus says, I already have plans for your recovery

“When you are converted…” – or have returned

 

You are not disqualified because of any loss or failure

        You become qualified & responsible

·       Strengthen your Brother

·       Feed my sheep – John 21:15

 

Dwayne Hunt