Satan Desires To Sift us …

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.(Luke 22:31-32)

Everywhere I turn lately I have been seeing brothers and sisters in faith undergoing intense trials in many areas of their lives. Of course we know that the Christian life consists of manifold trials, for as the book of Acts tells us, “through many tribulations shall we enter into the Kingdom of heaven” .

But recently it seems to me that for those around me, the trials are of a particular intensity and seem to be focused upon the tearing apart of families and the putting to the proof of the faith of children who have been raised in highly conscientious christian homes.

I have asked the Father in heaven for wisdom and I believe He reminded me of this scripture as an answer. What we are experiencing is the end times sifting of the faith of our families, especially our children.

Jesus told us that this pressure upon families would be one of the evils to endure as a consequence of the last days before He returns,

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Time and again I have been hearing from heart-broken parents who have given their children a christian home, education and environment, yet whose children upon coming of age, have seemingly rejected it all, repudiating their own upbringing and abandoning their faith.

These parents are stunned that seemingly devout and compliant children are defecting in various degrees from the spirituality that the family had raised them in.

What we are going through is what Peter went through, on the night Jesus was betrayed. The events leading up to and including the crucifixion, foreshadow the last days and the tribulation that we must partly endure. Satan has been allowed to sift us.

Everything that can be shaken is being shaken…

The sifting is designed to “put to the proof”, or reveal to us how much of our faith is truly grain and how much of it is bran, husk , pebbles or other debris. That element must be sifted out of us, but this trial is admittedly painful and bewildering .

A good many of us who have been christians through the last twenty years and have raised children as Christians, have done so almost believing that our committment to alternative education , (Homeschooling, Christian school), and discipline, (Proverbs, spanking, correction and training) would guarantee the salvation of our children.

Although such things are certainly Biblical and greatly beneficial, and can even tend towards the ultimate acceptance by our children of the grace of God revealed in Jesus the Saviour and Lord; they are certainly no substitute for Salvation.

Salvation is of the grace of God alone. Our homeschooled, highly disciplined, creation believing, counter culturally raised children , are still sinners in need of the Saviour. Unless they are born again, they are only well-behaved, highly educated, well spoken, Bible versed sinners.

There are so many ways our children, even in the best of spiritual circumstances are being appealed to by the world and seduced by the Spirit of the Age! The only true refuge from the world for our families is the Lord himself.

Simon was so sure He was ready to go down fighting for the Lord, even if all else deny Him! How ‘confidence in the flesh’ collapses in the time of sifting! This had to be exposed in Simon, He had to be put into a position that brought this out!

God wasn’t surprised by Simon’s collapse and denial, only Simon was surprised. God allowed Satan to expose Him so that He would truly turn to Jesus and be saved.

So it is with the homes and families of many of us going through serious personal tests. Children who were formerly compliant are telling off parents, willfully defying them, casting off respect, reverence, love and committment that they might follow their own lusts.

Satan has requested it and God is allowing this sifting. But Jesus is praying for us that our faith not fail us. He wants us to know that He cares for us and our children. “I have prayed for you that your faith fail not”.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.(Hebrews 7:25)

Don’t despair if your family is in the sifting, cling to the One who lives to intercede for us in all of our weakness! Don’t forget that even the best trained children are yet sinners in need of New Birth! Jesus has allowed this exposure for their salvation.

Remember that Jesus looked ahead and told Peter “When you are converted…” Not if, but “when”! There are promises from God for our children to plead before the throne in the time of sifting, such as,

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.(Isaiah 49:24-25)

Finally Jesus predicted that these “children of the sifting” would one day be converted and strengthen their brothers . We have often pleaded for our children,”whats it going to take?” ,so why should we be surprised by what the sifting reveals?

Many will fall, many parents hearts will be broken before its over, but these children will come back stronger than ever one day, and be used to strengthen and refresh the brothers.

And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: …(Daniel 11:35)

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13 Responses to Satan Desires To Sift us …

  1. DMarie says:

    “Salvation is of the grace of God alone. Our homeschooled, highly disciplined, creation believing, counter culturally raised children , are still sinners in need of the Saviour. Unless they are born again, they are only well-behaved, highly educated, well spoken, Bible versed sinners.”

    How true that is!!!
    Sometimes, it is even harder for them to see their need for salvation.
    Still, we must trust.

    The LORD promises: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” That is His promise for us as parents; conditional upon our training them. We must trust Him with that (knowing that the promise does not apply if we do not do our part).

    Many times it is our ‘lack of training’ properly that is at fault. We have not truly led by a humble and obedient example, we have not removed worldly influences as much as we should have (from ourselves and them), we haven’t prioritized the Kingdom work in our time and finances, etc etc.
    If we claim to love Jesus and do not train them (by our example) accordingly, this leads to the “exasperation of our children”, causing anger and rebellion.

    Still, they are ultimately accountable to Jesus… regardless of how we have failed as parents.
    But this is very sobering for us to consider. Lord, have mercy!!

  2. standingfirm says:

    I can totally identify with this sifting. I have been through some terrible trials in the past, but the most recent episode took place last summer (2017). I had a dear relative pass away who was as a parent to me most of my life. This relative left me a inheritance in his last will and testament. To make a very long story short, two of my family member’s who had me believe all of my life that they loved me, stole my inheritance! They had my name removed from the will in the state of FL due to a “homestead” law. The shock I went through was unbearable. They lied and slandered me to the rest of the family making me out to be some “criminal” because my name was in the will. They lied and tried to manipulate me to willingly give up my inheritance. The emotional pain in my heart was like none I had ever felt. The other family member’s did nothing to help me, just stood at the sidelines not wanting to make waves. Jesus said that in the end days your worst enemies would be member’s of your own family. I thought I was in a bad dream and could not wake up. The Lord is faithful getting me through the agonizing pain. I have been working with a Christian pastoral counselor the past year, who told me that the Lord is sifting the wheat from the chaff in my family and showing me who really belong’s to Him. The Lord’s promises in scripture is what has gotten me through the roughest part. He will impress a certain verse on my heart while reading, and is healing the huge whole that these family member’s carved in my heart. The family is now divided and will never be the same. Greed came in and destroyed, so very, very sad. I am a witness to the faithfulness of Jesus helping one of His sheep get through a very dark time. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the strength the Lord gives me. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I pray this helps someone else.
    MARANATHA!!!

    • jody says:

      Having the same type of family issues you are, standingfirm, although not over money. So I understand. Cling to Jesus and Him only! God bless you, Jody

  3. standingfirm says:

    Thank you so very much Jody. I remember after last Christmas Pastor Bill warned us that the Lord had impressed to him that the coming year would be “war on the saints”. I know this is going on as my pastoral counselor I have been working with, told me that she is counseling people from all around the world with family problems similar to mine. I know the Lord will be coming soon for His remnant! I will continue to cling to Jesus as I know all my dear brother’s and sister’s are doing. God bless you and everyone here.
    MARANATHA!!!

    • Liz Walker says:

      Dear standingfirm, how my heart went out to you (similarly Jody) as you described your agonizing pain. I also know that deep, emotional pain, like walking around all the time with a sword right through you, there is nothing like it in my experience. I have a similar testimony of the Lord’s never-failing help through certain verses being given time and time and time again when in great need. Like Jody, it was not a money issue but in my case the condoning of sexual immorality by my husband by both my adult children who profess to be Christians (totally caught up in the ‘love’ gospel, ‘Christian’ humanism, Bethel, Hillsong and Purpose Driven).
      The Lord has also graciously sent me brothers and sisters who are standing with me. Yes, the Lord will do a sifting work on those who truly belong to Him and I can testify that I am not the same person that I was, praise God. You are both in my prayers together with other agonising parents.
      1 Peter 1:6-7 King James Version (KJV)
      6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
      7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
      Romans 5:3-4 (KJV)
      3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
      4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
      James 1:4 (KJV)
      4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

  4. Maureen Leigh says:

    To hear that any of my brethren in Christ is suffering in any way is upsetting. I can only say that the Lord is our helper, a very present help in trouble. He is real, He is strong, He loves us, He helps us every step of the way. He ever lives to intercede for us. It may be difficult to sing for joy out loud when we feel down or crushed but these troubles are temporary, and we will get over this “light affliction” as long as we remember who we are in HIM. For He will prevail. He cannot fail.

  5. Maureen Leigh says:

    Now I am told that my 12 yr old grand daughter who is rebellious and rude, not to mention insolent (extremely pretty) says she is in the wrong body and like all her friends (online) wants to be male. I discovered that they discuss suicide and ways to achieve it. All online, none of them have met. Without Jesus I would not cope with this. the enemy is having a last rage around to see who he can devour. MY daughter says she has taken away her Ipad, I hope it’s true. There is no hope without our Lord. I am old now and this last year have aged a lot. I will be glad to go home and be with Jesus at last.

    • Liz Walker says:

      Maureen, I am in the UK and this terrible thing is raging here as well, there has been a concern in Parliament because it is happening so often now. These children are totally confused by the enemy and indeed very rebellious too. I am in my late 60s and also feel that I have aged over the last five years. You are in my prayers, Maureen, as it is a great grief but hold on to what you wrote earlier, and continue to call out to the Lord in prayer for your granddaughter and her friends and also for the parents. Surely, He is coming soon!

      • Maureen Leigh says:

        God bless you Liz, I am in the UK too. I have no church, left several because of various things, but I meet with a married couple who also left their church. I have just got home from their house to read your post. Most welcome, bless you. We prayed and broke bread just before I left. How I long to be with Jesus., as I’m sure we all do. To know there are brothers and sisters holding us up in prayer is a great comfort.
        He is coming soon! …………Mo x

  6. Sometimes it is the unruly parent that breaks the heart of the child. That may seem upside down but that is the world we live in. I know a man that lead his parents to the Lord, then his mother ran off with another guy, through many years of pain he continually tried get her back in the good graces of God, instead he was accused of being “holier than thou”……a rift has been created that may never be fixed, this side of life.

  7. Liz Walker says:

    Dear Mo, I am in North Cornwall, my e-mail is eawalker100@hotmail.com There are no sound churches up here in the north of the county. God bless you. xx Liz.

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