HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - SIFTING - ALTAMONT, TN
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SIFTING



Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Brothers, we have been called to eat and drink at Jesus' table in His kingdom. Jesus tells us here that He has appointed unto us a kingdom, and we shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel, in our thousand year rein with Jesus here on this earth when we return with Him after the great tribulation.

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Here Jesus told Simon that Satan had desired him,(asked permission of Jesus to test him). Satan can not test the children of God without His permission. Please understand this. The devil can not touch you without permission because we live under the blood of Jesus. 
Jesus says to Simon that he has prayed for him that his faith would not fail. He goes on to say to Simon that when he is delivered through Satan' testing, and is strengthened to go and strengthen the brothers. This is one way that you and I grow in faith, and are strengthened in order that both by our life and teaching our brothers may be strengthened by our testimony. Just know that when you are being tested by Satin, it is with the permission of Jesus and God the Father, because they know that you will come out on the other side renewed body, mind, and spirit. 

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Jesus makes intercessions on our behalf to God the Father. We can and will come out of all testing. His Holy Word tells us that he will never leave nor forsake us. God says, my eyes will never leave you. 

Brothers, when He allows Satin to test us, we are being sifted as the wheat was sifted in Jesus' day. Imagine if you will a screen like is on a screen door. It is framed on four sides about two feet by two feet. The wheat is pored onto the screen and you holding the screen begin to shake it back and forth vigorously. The good wheat will fall to the floor after a few seconds. Then will appear on top of the screen dirt, rocks, and trash that had been harvested with the wheat. Now that which is left in the screen can be burned, for it is bad and is not wheat.

When we are sifted by Satan the bad inside of us is revealed and destroyed. Only the good wheat is left and now we are strengthened and can strengthen our brothers alone the way.

Luke 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Luke 22:34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Peter thought himself ready to go both to prison and to death for Jesus. In other words Peter did not think there was any tares among his wheat. But, if you recall Peter denied Jesus three times in the hours before the was crucified. You see here that we may think we be of sound faith and walk godly, but when Jesus allows us to be sifted we find that we were not walking as godly as perhaps we could have been. We come out the other end strengthened. 

Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

As we begin our walk with Jesus we lacked nothing. Jesus provided us everything. But now as we begin to be and act as mature Christians, he says that we are to walk with a sword attached to our garments. That sword is the word of God. It has become a part of our dress. Just as surely that we leave our homes dressed in clothing, we are to leave with Gods Word our sword dwelling in our heart, ready to use at the first sign of evil which may cross our path in any given day. God's Holy Word will never fail us and will bring us through any sifting that may come our way. Praise God! Amen.

God Bless you my brothers,

John Hipp
HVM -C81614