Tag: Luke 22:28-31

Dwelling in a place of abundance!

Scripture reading for April 2nd:  Luke 22, Psalm 66, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures:  Luke 22:28-31  “”You are those who have stayed with Me in My trials, and I assign to you, as My Father assigned to Me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Jesus encouraged those who had remained with Him and stayed true with a promise of reward for their faithfulness.  They would be seated at Christ’s table in His kingdom and then assigned greater responsibilities there.  Peter was told that Christ had prayed that his faith would not fail.  Jesus made a faith confession:  when (not if) Peter turned back (repented), he must strengthen his brothers.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for praying for me that my faith will not fail!  I will stay true to You and strengthen those brothers and sisters in the faith that need encouragement!  In You I dwell in a place of abundance!

Psalm 66:10-12 “For You, O God, have tested us; You have tried us as silver is tried.  You brought us into the net; You laid a crushing burden on our backs; You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out to a place of abundance!”

 

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Standing with Jesus is rewarded!

Scripture reading for April 1st:  Luke 22

Key scriptures for over-comers:   Luke 22:28-31  “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials.  And I confer on you a kingdom, just as My Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  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.”  

The disciples had stood by Jesus in his many trials and He promised them great reward!  They would receive a ‘kingdom’!  They would join Jesus at His table in His kingdom, eating and drinking with Him as His trusted friends!  But Simon also received a warning concerning an attack on his faith!  Satan would come to sift him and wheat is sifted to separate the grain from the chaff.  Jesus promised Simon (Peter) that He personally had prayed for him that his faith would not fail but would hold up in the sifting.  He even told him that he would be restored and then he must strengthen his other brothers.  This is what is called a ‘word of knowledge’ used by Jesus to strengthen their faith.

Observations for over-comers:  Strong faith is required for over-comers.  Jesus prays for His disciples and we must strengthen and encourage each other to lay hold of the kingdom!   “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”  (Proverbs 12:24)

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