SATAN HATH DESIRED TO HAVE YOU
BY: TROY NICHOLS
Text: Luke 22:31‑34
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (See other translations below for this verse)
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat. (NCV)
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; (NNAS)
31 And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon, lo, the Adversary did ask you for himself to sift as the wheat, (YLT)
31 Then the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to have you apostles for himself. He wants to separate you from me as a farmer separates wheat from husks. (GWT)
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. (NLT)
31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that (all of) you be given up to him – out of the power and keeping of God – that he might sift (all of) you like grain. (AMP)
Let us look at verse 31 below in the King James Version and glean some truths and principles:
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you (not in orig. text) as wheat:
- The word you in this text is plural in the Greek text. Simply put, satan not only wants Simon, he wants all those that are chosen by God.
- The word desired in this verse means to demand (for trial). It is derived from two other words, “ek” which is a primary preposition denoting origin (the point from whence an action or motion proceeds) and “ahee‑teh’‑o” which means to ask.
- When we break this word “DESIRE” down in the Greek, we see that it is within Satan to want control in our lives as believers that he might sift us as wheat that it might be known if we are really sincere or not as a believer.
- We can see a picture of this in Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6 where Satan in essence is pleading with God over Job in hopes that God will turn Job over to him.
Job 1:6‑12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD (With permission to sift Job).
Job 2:1‑2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
- I choose to believe that we serve a God that is in total control of that which he created.
Let us now look at the meaning of this word TRIAL.
1) The action or process (course of action) of trying or putting to the proof (to see if we possess what we profess).
2) A test of faith, patience, or stamina (endurance, backbone, staying power, guts) through subjection to suffering or temptation. In all this, God is still IN CONTROL.
3) A tryout or experiment to test quality (character, nature).
4) Some synonyms for the word trial are: Test run, big problem, affliction, burden, complication, cross to bear, inconvenience, severe test, suffering, thorn, tribulation, trying time.
Many in the Body of Christ are elevator (up and down – circumstances push your floor to go to) Christians because they have not been properly taught the Word of God or they have been taught and have refused to apply it in their daily walk.
Many of our songs, messages and testimonies have made satan equal if not greater than God, therefore I see that it is imperative that we put satan in his place and the only way to do that is to see in the Word of God where that place is.
I realize there will be those that say that this was in the Old Testament and that God doesn’t use the devil today like he did back then. It is sad beloved, but once again we perish for lack of knowledge. Let us look now in the New Testament at the work of satan in not only the lives of believers but the Son of God himself.
Matt 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
1 Cor 5:4‑5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Tim 1:18‑20 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
It would be of interest for us to see here in this verse that Jesus was giving his disciples a glimpse into what was transpiring in the spiritual world. Many times we can get so caught up in what is going on around us, that we are not aware of what is taking place in the spirit realm against us. The principle here however, is that if we are walking with the Lord, he will prepare and warn us of things that we are going to face in the Spirit, for he said in John 16:13, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. The key therefore beloved is to seek the Lord, for those that seek the LORD understand all things (Pro 28:5).
Satan desired to have the disciples, that he might sift them, that he might show them to be chaff, and not wheat. Remember however, God is SUPREME; and anything that goes on in the universe goes on because God ALLOWS IT, therefore satan could not sift the disciples unless God gave him permission. It would be good for you to note as a principle, wheat is not sifted until it is mature. There are seasons of adolescence if you will that you are growing in the Lord but there will come a time in your walk with the Lord where you will be sifted.
Satans purpose in sifting the disciples was to test and try them and to attempt to prove that they were not genuine Christians but that they were mere hypocrites (stage players – pretenders). We can see one way satan sifts the believer is by asking the Lord so to speak, to remove the sense of his presence and his blessings from the believer (Job 1:6-12). Satan thinks that the believer will fall and turn away from God without the evidence of some physical or material blessing. Satan doesn’t think the believer will stand by faith through trial after trial. Satan is saying thus, that the believer loves God not for himself nor what Christ has done for them, but because of what he gets out of God.
The good news here however is that God isn’t going to allow satan to sift you until he knows that you are able to bear it. When you think you can’t make it, remember the God in whom you serve is with you and knows more about you than you know about yourself. You can see a picture of this in Judges 6:12 where God calls Gideon a mighty man of Valor even though at that time in his life he was a fearful man. God therefore calls those things that are not as though they are (Ro 4:17) because he knows the end from the beginning.
- The word SIFT is rendered in the Strongs to riddle and riddle in this case means to separate. This word sift in the Thayer’s Lexicon is rendered to sift, shake in a sieve, fig. By inward agitation to try one’s faith to the verge (borderline, edge) of overthrow (defeat).
- Agitate means to excite or trouble the mind or feelings. Some synonyms for the word agitate are: inflame, push buttons, spook, unhinge, upset, work up and to worry.
Let us now look at some illustrations that will better help you to see the process and the purpose of sifting.
There is an old story that recalls how Satan once summoned his top demonic aides to plan strategy against the Church of Jesus Christ. Satan stood at the blackboard lecturing and illustrating the latest strategies in demonic warfare. At the end of this session Satan said, “Now get out there and give your best possible effort to keep believers from winning the lost.” As the demonic hierarchy headed for the door, Satan hollered out, “By the way, be careful, if those Christians ever begin to really believe and act on what they have in the word of God, then hell help us all, heaven’s going to break loose!”
When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal technicality, and he had to work to help support them. At age nine, his mother died. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn’t good enough. At 23, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At 26, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At 28, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him. She said no. At 37, on his third try, he was elected to Congress, but two years later, he failed to be re‑elected. At 41, his four‑year‑old son died. At 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At 47, he failed as the vice‑presidential candidate. At 49, he ran for the Senate again, and lost. At 51, he was elected president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider the greatest leader the country ever had. Some people get all the breaks.
As John Wesley rode across Hounslow Heath late one night, singing a favorite hymn, he was startled by a fierce voice shouting, “Halt,” while a firm hand seized the horse’s bridle. Then the man demanded, “Your money or your life.” Wesley obediently emptied his pockets of the few coins they contained and invited the robber to examine his saddlebags which were filled with books. Disappointed at the result, the robber was turning away when evangelist cried, “Stop! I have something more to give you.” The robber, wondering at this strange call, turned back. Then Wesley, bending down toward him, said in solemn tones, “My friend, you may live to regret this sort of a life in which you are engaged. If you ever do, I beseech you to remember this, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin.'” The robber hurried silently away, and the man of God rode along, praying in his heart that the word spoken might be fixed in the robber’s conscience. Years later, at the close of a Sunday evening service, the people streamed from the large building with many lingering around the doors to see the aged preacher, who was John Wesley. A stranger stepped forward and earnestly begged to speak with Mr. Wesley. What a surprise to find that this was the robber of Hounslow Heath, now a well‑to‑do tradesman in the city, but better still, a child of God! The words spoken that night long ago had been used of God in his conversion. Raising the hand of John Wesley to his lips, he affectionately kissed it and said in tones of deep emotion, “To you, dear sir, I owe it all.” Wesley replied softly, “Nay, nay, my friend, not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ which cleanseth us from all sin.”
It isn’t failure to stumble and fall. The failure is in staying there on the floor. Success is in finding something while you’re down there to pick up with you. An illustration of this is seen in an item in a recent issue of Fortune magazine, quoting the New York Times: After his butcher shop in Brooklyn was robbed four times in one month, William Levine bought a bulletproof vest in 1980. Other business proprietors asked him where they could get a vest like his. Mr. Levine began taking orders as a sideline. Today the 32‑year‑old Mr. Levine is out of the butcher business and full‑time president of Body Armor, International. He supplies 40 sales representatives across the country, he says, and is selling 500 to 600 vests a month.
SPARKY WAS A LOSER, when he was a little boy the other children called him “Sparky,” after a comic‑strip horse named Sparkplug. Sparky never did shake that nickname. School was all but impossible for Sparky. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. Every subject! He flunked physics in high school. Receiving a flat zero in the course, he distinguished himself as the worst physics student in his school’s history. He also flunked Latin. And Algebra. And English. He didn’t do much better in sports. Although he managed to make the school golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the year. There was a consolation match. Sparky lost that too. Throughout his youth Sparky was awkward socially. He was not actually disliked by the other youngsters. No one cared that much. He was astonished if a classmate ever said hello to him outside school hours. No way to tell how he might have done at dating. In high school Sparky never once asked a girl out. He was too afraid of being turned down. Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates, everyone knew it. So he rolled with it. Sparky made up his mind early in life that if things were meant to work out, they would. Otherwise, he would content himself with what appeared to be inevitable mediocrity. But this is THE REST OF THE STORY. One something was important to him however, which was his drawing. He was proud of his own artwork. Of course, no one else appreciated it. In his senior year of high school, he submitted some cartoons to the editors of his class yearbook. Almost predictably Sparky’s drawings were rejected. While the young man had stoically rationalized virtually all of his failures theretofore, he was rather hurt by the general ignorance of what he believed was his one natural talent. In fact, he was so convinced of his artistic ability that he decided to be a professional artist. Upon graduating high school, he wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios, a letter indicating his qualifications to become a cartoonist for Disney. Shortly he received an answer, a form letter requesting that he send some examples of his artwork. Subject matter was suggested. For instance, a Disney cartoon character “repairing” a clock by shoveling the springs and gears back inside. Sparky drew the proposed cartoon scene. He spent a great deal of time on that and the other drawings. A job with Disney would be impressive, and there were many doubters to impress. Sparky mailed the form and his drawings to Disney Studios. Sparky waited. And one day the reply came, he did not get the job. I think deep down Sparky expected to be rejected. He had always been a loser, and this was simply one more loss. So do you know what Sparky did? He wrote his autobiography in cartoons. He described his childhood self, the little boy loser, the chronic underachiever, in a cartoon character the whole world now knows. For the boy who failed the entire eighth grade, the young artist whose work was rejected not only by Walt Disney Studios but his own high school yearbook, that young man was “Sparky” Charles Monroe Schulz. He created the “Peanuts” comic strip and the little cartoon boy whose kite would never fly ‑‑ Charlie Brown.
There once was an oyster whose story I tell, who found that sand (pieces of the rock – word) had got under his shell (skin – covering or flesh); just one little grain, but it gave him much pain, for oysters have feelings although they’re so plain. Now, did he berate (condemn) the working of Fate (predetermined course), which had led him to such a deplorable state? Did he curse out the Government, call for an election? No; as he lay on the shelf, he said to himself: If I cannot remove it, I’ll try to improve it.” So the years rolled by as the years always do, And he came to his ultimate destiny ‑ stew (DEATH). And this small grain of sand which had bothered him so, was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow. Now this tale has a moral ‑ for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand; What could we do if we’d only begin, with all of the things that get under our skin.
If there is one thing upon earth that mankind loves and admires better than another it is a brave man ‑ a man who dares look the devil in the face and tell him he is the devil. James Garfield Napoleon often referred to Marshall Ney as the bravest man he had ever known. Yet Ney’s knees trembled so badly one morning before a battle that he had trouble mounting his horse. When he was finally in the saddle he shouted contemptuously ‑ “Shake away, knees, you would shake worse than that if you knew where I am going to take you.
- You can avoid ulcers by learning to adapt to the situations (circumstances) of life. Example: If you fall in a mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
- The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.
- Victory is no longer a truth. It is only a word to describe who is left alive in the ruins.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
- The troubles that were now coming upon the disciples were sifting, and these troubles would serve to try what there was IN THEM (individually and collectively as a body).
Job 4:3‑5 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come UPON THEE, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
- Our maturity comes when we can SEE that which we are going through is not only working for our good but that it is also working for the good of others as we shall see in 2 Cor 1:3-6 below.
- Principle: If you don’t want to go through afflictions, you will never be able to Minister effectively to those that are going through afflictions.
2 Cor 1:3‑6 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
We are going to move on now and look at the metaphors (symbolism) of the wheat, chaff and tares in some scriptures so that we might better understand why it is imperative that we as Gods children be sifted.
Matt 13:24‑30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles (corporate burning) to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
- If you don’t want tares in your field, you had better stay awake for it was while the man slept that the enemy came and sowed the tares.
- In the East it is not unusual for one to throw seeds of tare in the field of another. During the sowing season farmers are very suspicious and afraid of each other, especially those with whom they have had quarrels and troubles. It takes years of hard labor for a farmer to completely eradicate (eliminate by rooting up) the tares from his wheat. When this is done, the farmer rejoices. On the other hand, when an Eastern farmer wants to avenge a wrong done to him by a neighbor, he takes some tare seeds in a little bag or in his pocket and at night he scatters them on his enemy’s field. When the tares spring up, the owner of the field immediately realizes this is an act of one of his enemies but he does not know which one. He does not hesitate to retaliate by scattering tares in several fields in the hope his enemy will suffer.
- It is a fact that the tare infects (affects or influences) the seed.
- It is a fact that the tare is poisonous to man. It has the bad reputation of yielding the only deleterious (destructive) grain among all the countless grasses.
- When the tare is not separated from the wheat, bread made from the flour often causes dizziness (mentally confused, off balance, out of control, unstable) to those who eat of it.
- Tares mixed with bread brings about giddiness (carelessness, empty headed) nausea (hatred, rejection, disgust) difficulty of articulation (come together), and other symptoms ranging from intoxication (drunk) to paralysis (a state of powerlessness), and instances are on record where mortification (subjection and denial of bodily passions and appetites by abstinence) of the extremities (limb of the body esp. the hand or the foot) or even death has ensued (followed after).
- The French nicknamed the tare “TIPSY-GRASS”
You will note in Matthew that it said when the blade sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
- It is a fact that at the tare’s first emergence (comes through the soil), it is impossible for an ordinary observer to distinguish a blade of tare from a blade of wheat. Even the farmers, who in Palestine generally weed their fields, do not attempt to separate the wheat from the tares. They would not only mistake good grain for them, but very commonly the roots of the two are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them without pulling up both.
- These two plants are not distinguished one from the other until their head matures. The seed of the tare resembles wheat in form (disguised), but is smaller and black as can be seen in the pictures below.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Luke 3:16‑17 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan (winnowing fork) is in his hand, and he will throughly purge (to cleanse perfectly) his floor, and will gather the wheat into HIS garner; but the chaff HE will burn with fire unquenchable.
- Chaff is the fine, dry material, such as husks (seed coverings – flesh in principle) and other debris, which is separated from the SEED (we are the seed – Mt 13:37-38) in the process of threshing and winnowing grain.
- In the Bible, chaff symbolizes worthless, evil, or wicked persons (or things) that are about to be destroyed. It is a fitting figure of speech to describe complete destruction by judgment, and we know that judgment begins at the House of God (1 Pet 4:17).
- Chaff before it is separated from the wheat, cleaves close to it; and the wheat must be trod or threshed, before the one can be separated from the other. Even so, some wicked men (hypocrites) seem to cleave close to the saints, and to be in perfect union or oneness with them; and therefore the godly must be trod upon, or threshed with the flail (threshing instrument) of persecution, before they as sacred wheat, can be separated from the chaff (counterfeit Christians) as can be seen in 1 John 2:18-19.
- Chaff is light and airy; it is no ponderous (heavy) thing, and therefore the wind carries it away with a blast. Even so, the wicked (hypocrites), whatever show they make of religion and piety (beliefs), they are light as chaff; they are not weighty, their lightness is discovered by their words and behaviour; and when the blast and tempest of persecution comes, it drives them away from the seeming zeal and religion they pretend to possess.
Isa 33:10‑24 (See principles below and on following pages for this text)
10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
- Note that NOW WILL I is mentioned 3 times which is the number for resurrection.
- The Lord is making a declaration of that which he is going to do now.
Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you. (See other translations below for this verse)
- You people do useless things that are like hay and straw. A destructive wind will burn you like fire.
- You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire.
- Heb 12:29 says, “Our God is a consuming fire.”
Isa 33:12-13 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? (See other translations below for this verse)
- The sinners in Jerusalem are afraid; those who are separated from God shake with fear. They say, “Can any of us live through this fire that destroys? Who can live near this fire that burns on and on?”
- The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling hath surprised the hypocrites: Who among us shall dwell with the consuming fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting flames?
- Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?”
- Afraid in Zion have been sinners, Seized hath trembling the profane: Who doth dwell for us ‑‑-consuming fire, who doth dwell for us ‑‑ burnings of the age?
- The sinners among my people shake with fear. “Which one of us,” they cry, “can live here in the presence of this all‑consuming fire?”
Refer to these scriptures for further details on this fire (Heb 12:29, Deut 5:24-27, Psa 21:8-9, 50:3-4, Isa 29:6, Nahum 1:3-7)
The question is presented very clearly to us in verse 14 above, which is: WHO can live or dwell with the consuming FIRE and the answer comes clearly in verse 15 below.
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
Isa 33:16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. (See other translations below)
- This is the kind of person who will be safe. He will be protected as he would be in a high, walled city. He will always have bread, and he will not run out of water.
- He will dwell on the heights, His refuge will be the impregnable (incapable of being taken by assault) rock; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure.
Isa 33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. This land speaks to us today of the realm of the Spirit.
Isa 33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? Where is he that counted the towers? (See other translations below for this verse)
- You will think about the terror of the past. You will think, “Where is that officer? Where is the one who collected the taxes? Where is the officer in charge of our defense towers?”
- You will think back to this time of terror when the Assyrian officers outside your walls counted your towers and estimated how much plunder they would get from your fallen city.
Isa 33:19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue that thou canst not understand. (See other translation below for this verse)
- But soon they will all be gone. These fierce, violent people with a strange, unknown language will disappear.
Isa 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. (See other translations below for this verse)
- Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation, A tent which will not be folded; Its stakes will never be pulled up, Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
- Instead, you will see Zion as a place of worship and celebration. You will see Jerusalem, a city quiet and secure.
Many are looking to the natural Jerusalem in this hour for all this to take place but the scripture says quiet the opposite beloved. We see in Heb 12:22 that we are COME unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. Gal 4:25‑26 states; for this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
You will note that is says the tabernacle (habitation of God) shall not be taken down, nor the stakes removed or the cords broken. Beloved the Bible plainly teaches us that we are the tabernacle of God for it says in 1 Cor 3:16; Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Isa 33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. (See other translations below for this verse)
- The LORD will be our mighty defender in a place surrounded by wide rivers and streams. Ships with oars won’t travel on them. Stately ships won’t sail on them.
- The LORD will be our Mighty One. He will be like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross.
Isa 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. (See other translation below for this verse)
- For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Isa 33:23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. (See other translations below for this verse)
- The enemies’ sails hang loose on broken masts with useless tackle. Their treasure will be divided by the people of God. Even the lame will win their share!
- You sailors from other lands, hear: The ropes on your boats hang loose. The mast is not held firm. The sails are not spread open. The Lord will give us your wealth. There will be so much wealth even the crippled people will carry off a share.
Isa 33:24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. (See other translation below for this verse)
- No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.
- No one who lives <in Zion> will say, “I’m sick.” The sins of its inhabitants will be forgiven.
- The people of Israel will no longer say, “We are sick and helpless,” for the LORD will forgive their sins.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
- Simon was in this text, as it were, the wheat; and his self‑confidence (saying I am ready) among other things as we shall look at, was the chaff.
Matt 4:18‑20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will MAKE you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
- Your real trouble started when you left all and decided to obey and follow Jesus at his command. You were so excited when you heard the words, “follow me.” In fact, we can all look back and say it felt like a load was removed off our back when we began to follow Jesus. We felt like little children, like we were just born, as old things passed away and all things became new in our lives (2 Cor 5:17).
- I believe however many failed to hear that one powerful word after follow, which is, “MAKE.” Jesus said I will MAKE you Fishers of men.
- Jesus was going to take their ministry after the flesh and turn it into a spiritual ministry. I can see that in my life where my ministry after the flesh was to repair broken vehicles. A vehicle carries someone doesn’t it, so Jesus in principle said to me, follow me and I will make you repairers of men so that they can carry me to the nations of the world. This friend is very scriptural for we see in Ps 104:3 that God makes the clouds (his people) his chariot, and this word chariot in the Hebrew simply means a vehicle.
I believe since we are on the subject of sifting in this series, it would be of interest to us here to look at this word MAKE, so that we might understand even more clearly what the Lord is doing in our lives, being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work IN YOU will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6).
7 meanings that are synonymous with the word MAKE.
1) Create or to build
- Forge: form by heating & hammering (Jer 23:29)
- Secure: free from fear and doubt, sheltered, shielded, strong, immovable, confident, established, tried and true (Heb 12:28, Mt 7:24-27)
- Mold: to determine the nature or quality of (Ro 8:29-31)
- Frame: to construct by fitting and uniting the parts of the skeleton of a structure (Eph 2:19-22, 1 Cor 10:17 & 12:12-14, Eph 5:30)
- Adjust: to bring the parts of to a true or more effective relative position, bring into agreement (Acts 22:13-15, Heb 13:20-21)
- Arrange: put in order (1 Cor 14:40, Col 2:5-7)
2) Induce or to compel
- Induce: to move by persuasion or influence, motivate, twist ones arm (Gen 32:24-30)
- Compel: to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure, turn on the heat, crack down, squeeze (Jonah 2:2-10)
- Designate: set apart for a specific purpose, authorize (Jer 1:5-10, Jn 15:16, Act 9:10-15)
4) To execute
- Execute: to perform what is required to carry out validity (genuiness), to carry out fully, behead (Lu 9:57-58, 1 Cor 11:3)
5) To constitute
- Constitute: to appoint to an office, commission, empower, establish, ordain (Acts 13:2-3)
6) Earn or to acquire
- Earn: to receive as return for effort, reap (Jn 12:32, 1 Cor 15:20-24)
- Acquire: to get as ones own, take possession of (1 Cor 6:19-20)
7) Arrive or to aim at
- Arrive: to reach a destination, wind up at (2 Tim 4:6-8)
- Aim: to direct a course, a clearly directed intent or purpose, set ones sight on (Jn 21:18)
In part 5 we looked at seven meanings to the word MAKE and learned how these 7 things would bring about perfection in our lives and cause us to be over comers. In this message we are going to look at 7 steps that Peter took that eventually brought about his imperfection or defeat so to speak.
1) Conceit: having an excessively high opinion of oneself, arrogant, bigheaded, full of hot air, know it all, loud mouth, puffed up, snotty, stuck up.
Matt 26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. (See other translations below)
- Peter said, “Everyone else may stumble in their faith because of you, but I will not.
- Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.
- Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else abandons you, I never will.
- Peter said, “All the other followers may lose their faith because of you. But I will never lose my faith.
2) Ease: freedom from care, freedom from labor or difficulty, relief from obligation, idleness.
Matt 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
3) Rashness: careless, impulsive, headstrong, hotheaded, immature, jumping to conclusions.
John 18:10‑11 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
4) Following afar off: a great distance
Matt 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. (See other translation below)
- Peter followed Jesus but did not go near him. He followed Jesus to the courtyard of the high priest’s house. He sat down with the guards to see what would happen to Jesus.
5) Evil associations: crowd
John 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
6) Open denial: refusal to admit the truth, cold shoulder, and rejection.
John 18:25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
7) Blasphemy: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God, cursing.
Mark 14:70‑71 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. (See other translations below for verse 71)
- Then Peter began to place a curse on himself and swear, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!
- Peter said, “I swear by God, I don’t know this man you’re talking about.
Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
After Satan had sifted Peter, we see a new man in the book of Acts, a refined man, a man who was courageous and immovable, a man that was now ready to strengthen the brethren.
Acts 2:36‑41 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 4:19‑20 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Acts 5:28‑29 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:40‑42 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
SATAN HATH DESIRED TO HAVE YOU, Parts 1-6 [Troy Nichols] 1