Peter, the enemy is watching you. And he’s waiting for his opportunity to persuade you. Because he knows that though you speak boldly, your heart is more unsure than not.
So he’s waiting for just the right time to remove your confidence in Me, to shatter your faith in yourself, and to destroy the foundation of who you are yet to become.
And at that time, a most inopportune time for your troubled heart, he will cause you to examine yourself so thoroughly that you will doubt everything you have believed. You will begin to think that everything miraculous you saw was perhaps just a dream.
Because you have a great destiny, Peter. And he knows that you will be part of helping to destroy his influence on the world. So he has to stop you now, while you are unsure and insecure.
But you will eventually see – and know – that My hand has always been on your life. Though you will be tested – and fail – I will still be with you, I will still love you, and I will still believe in you. And I will help you to realize that you WILL walk in the purposes I have for you.
Just don’t give up. Though it will seem bleak and hopeless, I will be waiting for you on the other side. And the answer to the prayers I have prayed for your purpose will begin to blossom answers.
So do not lose heart. Because though you will turn, you WILL return. And when you do, you will be unstoppable and people will be changed forever!
Marie Fremin. 7/11/18
Go deeper and think about this:
- If the enemy was to “sift” (examine) your faith, what would he find?
- How does it impact you to know that “I [Jesus] have prayed for you”?
- When is a time your faith was tested? How did you respond?
- How does Jesus restore Peter in John 21:15-17? (Consider the significance of three.)