Sifting

Let me paint a picture. You know this person who professes to be saved, a believer. And by all accounts, the evidence is conclusive, they are a true believer. Then one day you hear this person has walked away from God. They quit on Christianity. They even start doing things they know God hates. How do you process something like that?

There are many reasons why people turn away from God. Mostly, people blame God for things he did or didn’t do. Others, their denomination has made God into a task master. They realize after working for their “task master” they can not keep it up year after year so they fall away.

People turn away from God for many reasons:
~ God didn’t answer their prayer the way they wanted.
~ Deception from Satan
~ Anger
~ Pride
~ Wealth and fame
~ Sin

I know this man who said he use to be a Pastor of a Christian church. He had left the police force and the church / God. Why? Because one day he came home and found his wife in their bathtub – she had shot herself in the head. He blamed God. He quit preaching, quit serving the Lord and now you would never know he use to preach God’s word. One day I said to him, God loves you. He was hardened so much he turned to me and said, ” Don’t hand me that crap”.

When we think about some of the trials and tribulations we have been through did you ever feel like throwing in the towel? We all have. But friends, trials and tribulations are times of sifting. It is not always God who sifts us. Look at

Luke 22:31-32 KJV
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Notice what the answer is in times of sifting? Verse 32 is the answer.

[32] But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

When we see or hear of a believer being sifted, pray God strengthen their faith. Friends, we all go through times of sifting. God says he will sift the house of Israel in Amos 9:9. God does not tempt anyone, he tests or tries us, our faith in him. That is what made King David the apple of God’s eye. David stood with the Lord through good decisions and bad, through victory and sin, through prosperity and poverty. Will you?

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