Faith Christian Church

Rebound!

January 19, 2020

“Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” —Luke 22:31-32 

LORD Of My Rebound!

It is the ability to REBOUND from stumbles & sins that is the great secret to ultimate victory, for those who are a New Creation in Christ. God has engineered the New Creation to be resilient, constantly rising through the ups and downs of life. 

GOD’s strategy in your life doesn’t depend on you never falling down, but on you never staying down.  Ours is the grace to press victoriously though failures in life. 

Proof of Jesus’ work of Redemption in you isn’t manifest in you never stumbling or failing at life’s tests.  But He is glorified as Redeemer when He leads you triumphantly back to your feet.  GOD is Keeping you, not so you’ll avoid trials, but so you’ll recover from them.

That Your FAITH May Not Fail

As a child of GOD, if you won't stay down, then you can never be defeated.  

If you keep taking your Father's Hand and rising from your shortcomings, Satan can never win against you.  

Your made-up-mind to REBOUND from mistakes and failures is the devil’s worst nightmare.  

Basketball teams that put all their effort into winning just with great shooters, will never be champions.  Because no matter how good you are at hitting the net, there’s an opponent that’s equally good at knocking your ball away.  

Satan Has Demanded To Pick You Apart

Luke 22:31-32  “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you (PICK YOU APART) like wheat,

How is it that Satan was able to obtain permission to pick Peter apart???  HOW did he get passed Jesus?? Perhaps the answer is found in Jesus comment about His own temptation.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world (Satan) comes, and (he) has nothing in me.

The Devil comes.  It's an inescapable fact of life. And like the winnowing wind, God cannot protect the chaff of worldliness in us, from being revealed by Satan’s probes. 

"And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the Heaven.”  This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken MAY REMAIN." —Heb. 12:26-27 

God's Word states with sobering certainty, that all things which can be shaken will be shaken.  So Satan attacked the "things which could be shaken" in Peter's character, thinking he was picking him apart”.  But look at what God says about the removal of the shakable things. Afterwards, "those things which cannot be shaken will remain." 

Satan thinks he’s “picking you apart”, but Jesus said he’s “sifting you like wheat”.  The Chaff in you is the only thing Satan can blow away.  He can’t touch the Wheat.   The Chaff will blow away but the Wheat will REMAIN and not be moved

 

But I Have Prayed For You!

God has provided for your rebound BEFORE you’ve even stumbled or missed your shot.

It’s the team that masters its ability to REBOUND and take back control of the ball, that cannot be defeated.  

Winning your battles under the net is what makes you an undefeatable champion of faith.

 

Strengthen Your Brothers & Sisters

"When you have turned back (Rebounded), strengthen your brothers & sisters.” —Luke 22:32

If the devil knew that every time you REBOUND from  stumbling in a trial, that you would come up stronger in grace and ready to strengthen others, you would think that he’d leave you alone.  

Satan’s nature is bent in obsession over GOD’s favor for you.  But he has no power to separate you from GOD’s Love.  

As GOD’s child every time you REBOUND from your trials you demonstrate His unconquerable Love and become a symbol of hope & courage to others!

 

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