Praise the Lord for another wonderful day. I have a question for you that will really make you think. How spiritual are you? Today we are going to look at divine setups and explore what the Word has to say on the subject.

Today’s Prayer

Father, as we go through this day and days to come, would you please keep us on the right path, in the correct mindset. I know that we sometimes fall, but you are faithful to pick us up and dust us off. You don’t discard us as trash and for this we thank you, in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Divine Setups

Simon, Simon, satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. – Luke 22:31-32

    Have you ever perceived yourself to be at one place spiritually only to discover that you were actually far from that place? The bible tells us that Peter perceived himself to be so spiritually strong that he was prepared to suffer greatly for his Master. Yet Jesus knew where Peter really was in his own pilgrimage. He knew that Peter’s enthusiasm didn’t match his reality. He was suffering from an attitude of self-righteousness. So, how did Jesus help Peter match his perception to his reality? Peter was the object of a divine setup.

    First, notice that satan asked permission to sift Peter as wheat. Jesus determined that satan would be used to bring Peter to the maturity level both Jesus and Peter really desired. And Jesus was praying that Peter would pass the test. Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times that very day. Peter could not believe what Jesus was saying.

    Sometimes the lessons we must learn are very painful. This experience was necessary in Peter’s life. It was necessary to purge Peter from his sin of self-righteousness. This very lesson would allow Peter to come face to face with his own misconception of where he was in his relationship and devotion to Jesus. When he was forced to confront this, it nearly broke him apart. He wept bitterly once he realized he had done just as Jesus had predicted.

    This confrontation with reality is necessary at times in our lives. Don’t be surprised if Jesus allows you to experience some painful circumstance. You may be the subject of a divine setup designed to bring you to a greater maturity level in your walk with Jesus. It may not be a fun experience when you go through it, but you will, like Peter, become a leader whom God will use to lead others.

Quote of the Day

Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place. Put one little tallow candle in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light.  ~Dwight L Moody~






Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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