"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat: but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail". (Luke 22:32)
Hey Gang: Note in the Scripture of the day there are two very profound truths: first, "Satan continually requests permission to sift God's children like wheat", and secondly, when we are being sifted we sometimes forget, "But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail and you. When you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."
I am reminded, on a daily basis, of the words of Hebrews, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven." And what is he referring to? "Those things that can be shaken". Why? So that those things that cannot be shaken may remain". (Heb 12:27-28) The writer then tacks on the power source for this prophetic set of events , "For our God is a consuming fire" (v.29).
When I am sent back to this Scripture pertaining to "God's shaking", I always tack several other verses to the prophecy. The first, "And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil" (Matt. 6:14); and then I go to Paul's words found in his first letter to the Corinthian believers, "No temptation has overtaken you but such is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it" (I Cor. 10:13). I place great confidence and faith in these verses.
I am convinced that right now the faith of the body of Christ is under fierce Satanic attack. In other words, “everything that can be shaken is being shaken.” Why? I have a theory: Satan is getting panicky because he is losing his grip on those nations that have been under his total domination for generations. I am referring to the Muslim and Communist nations that were solidly in his camp. But something profound is happening in those nations! The fires of revival are running rampant and the rivers are rising faster than Satan and his hordes can reverse the tide.
In a recent article the author gave startling statistics. Startling to the Ayatollah and Mullahs was the vast numbers of people who have sought something that filled that chest cavities with joy and something they can sink their teeth into and found peace abd blessings - Yeshua, the Lord of Glory! The article went on to say there is growing anxiety among the Ayatollah and Mullahs that, if they cannot stop this movement of God, they are going to lose power and control over these nations.
Soooo, in closing this epistle for today, let me ask you a question or two? God is moving mightily in the Muslim and Communist world. Even though there are concerned efforts in all of these nations to wipe out anything that pertains to Jesus. Yet, the underground church is growing like wild fire in all of these nations. My question: "Why is it not happening in America?
And question number two: if you were Satan and seeing the rapid desertion of his main power block, would you not be getting a wee bit nervous and begin to think about stepping up your campaign to rid the world of all those who have chosen to follow Yeshua as Lord? Something for you to chew on today. Are you being shaken? Be sure you are firmly grounded in the Word.