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Thy Faith Fail not October 12, 2008

Posted by frewon9 in Inspirational.
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“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,” (Luke 22:32).

Some might say that Peter’s faith failed when he denied our Lord those three times on the eve of Christ’s death. Were that so, then we would have to question every other aspect of Christ’s intercession, for then would we have an example of Christ praying for one of His own, and yet that prayer not being heard, putting in question every aspect of His work as Mediator! God forbid!

We know that God the Father, always hears His Son, and therefore we can say with confidence that Peter’s faith did not fail, because faith here is not a reference to something in Peter, but rather to Christ, the object of His faith. Christ cannot fail those for whom He came and fulfilled all righteousness. His work of righteousness is that which God has imputed once for all to sinners for whom He died. Peter failed, but His faith (Christ) did not. It is by the faith of Christ that sinners are justified, and not by works of the law – Galatians 2:16.

Jesus told Peter one day that He had PRAYED FOR HIM. He had NOT prayed that Peter would
stay out of trouble– desirable as that may have been. He had NOT prayed that Peter would
never become confused or disoriented along the way. He had NOT prayed that Peter would
never stand at the place where the road forks, and wonder which way he should go. Rather,
He had prayed that:

Luke 22:31
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that
he may sift [you] as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that THY FAITH FAIL NOT: and when
thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Success, in our Christian walk, is not gaged by how well we avoid making mistakes and
becoming confused or disoriented. Neither is our progress dependent upon how many times we
fall or do not fall.

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock
crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Psalms 94:18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Psalms 145:14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all [those that be] bowed
down.

So many times we become discouraged with ourselves, as we endeavor to walk the walk of Faith
(trusting Jesus for the welfare of our soul), because of our failings and fallings. But the
Lord views them in an entirely different light.

Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he
shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

I Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle
[you].

We are admonished to jealously guard one thing. Not perfection– not Spiritual
correctness– not avoiding mistakes and confusion, etc., but:

I Timothy 6:12 FIGHT the GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH, LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE, whereunto thou art
also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The verb “fight” and the noun “good fight” both come from the Greek work from which we get
our word “agony”. It is often (more times than not) a painful experience when we struggle
to hold on to our confidence that Jesus is willing and able to keep our soul from the
destruction of hell, and bring us into victory.

II Timothy 4:7
I have FOUGHT a good FIGHT, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the
faith:

Whatever you are struggling with today, HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH IN JESUS!

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1. jordanka - February 5, 2009

Thank you for sharing! God bless you with grace and peace!


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