Last night at World Commissioned Church, in Hamilton Ohio, Prophetess Linda Roark spoke from Luke 22:31-32. Her sermon was entitled "Your Faith Is Stronger Than Your Struggles". I generally take really good notes but there became a moment when I put my little notebook up so that I could just stand in God's presence and really listen to what He had to say.
Here are a few take aways from my notes. In Luke 22:31 it reads, "And the Lord, said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:" Prophetess Roark went on to provide several definitions of the word sift. Sift means to shake, breakdown, or attack on every angle. In a sense this is what the adversary desires to do to us. To shake us and break us down so that we lose our faith and simply give up. She told us that if the foundation is shaken the whole house will be destroyed. Satan is after those people who believe in Jesus.
I don't know about you but my faith is pretty messed up sometimes. I see other people prospering and it's easy to fall into a "Woe is me moment." Then when it seems that things are going kinda ok at any given moment things just seem to start falling apart. This reminds me of a song from my childhood, the lyrics included "if it ain't one thing it's another". We've all been there.
The very last note I took blows my mind. I know I go through stuff that sometimes just makes me want to sleep the day away. I've questioned God sometimes. I'm doing the right things. I go to church, I'm raising my sons, why am I going through this? (Do you ever do this?) Before I put the pen down for the evening I heard this message, "If you can handle it, you're built for it."
To you I say, stay confident. God knew in eternity what you would endure. When situations get too hard and you can't seem to understand why you're "growing though" remember you're built for this. Your faith is stronger than your struggles.
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