“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.””
Luke 22:31-32 NKJV
The beautiful thing about Christ is his immense grace to preserve us. All of us fall from Grace from time to time. With Peter, he denied Christ 3 times and was at risk of being sifted like wheat by Satan. However, Christ interjected for him through prayer with the Father. Over time, Peter was active within the ministry and was loyal until the end. To illustrate his loyalty, he was crucified upside down as he didn’t feel he deserved the same glory as Jesus.
Most of us are like Peter. Even though I now have a solid relationship with Christ as He is front of mind daily, I have fallen from Grace many times. I actually have fallen from Grace over the years more times than I can count. However, each fall and repentance made me stronger as a Christian. I still fall here and there but have found the falls to be much less than the past. These reduction of falls tells me my heart is being regenerated by God. It’s a slow process but the process itself tells me I am part of the elect.
You will fall at times as a Christian. The good news is Jesus will intercede for you and pick you back up if you are regenerating just like Peter. As you feel the regeneration taking place within your heart after each fall, feel good knowing this confirms you are part of the elect and belong to Christ.
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor