“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.” Luke 22:31-32
The scripture above says much about the Mind-set of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Satan has desired to have Simon Peter. He wanted to make him nothing when Christ has already declared him somebody. Satan goal is to sewer the good out of every living soul.
In Matthew 16:16-19, Simon Peter just declared that Christ is the Son of the living God. Upon that declaration, Christ gave a life time task to Peter to build His church (Redeemed people of God) and gave him power and authority that the gates of hell (Satan kingdom) will not be able to prevail. Satan knew that with the transformed mind of Simon Peter and the authority given to him by Christ, his kingdom was in jeopardy. So, Satan would rather rob Peter of the perfect gifts given to him by the Lord.
The Mind-set of our Saviour Jesus Christ is my focus. If I told you that God has made you somebody but Satan want to make you nobody, what will be your reaction? I can guess what your reaction will be. You will be angry in your spirit against the devil. Before I raise prayer points for you, you will be praying already. But Jesus would not want you and me to focus on the devil. Why? He want us to focus on FAITH. When we build our FAITH on the living God, Satan has no choice but to bow. Remember, ‘’For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our FAITH.’’ 1stJohn 5:4
Jesus did not start binding the devil. He did not start describing how wicked the devil is. He did not put fear in the heart of Peter. He did not magnify the desires of Satan against Peter. He did not give Peter prayer points on how to nullify the desires of the devil. HIS MIND-SET WAS TO BUILD THE FAITH OF SIMON PETER. So let the Mind of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16
As ministers of the gospel, are we building Faith in people in the living God or building fear in the people of God?
As a minister of the gospel, are you praying for the Faith of the people to grow or you enjoy them coming to you from time to time for prayers for Cockroach to leave their apartment?
Are you a Faith-Builder or a foundation of the people’s problem digger?
As a child of God, do you focus on the proposed plans of the devil or your focus is on the finished work of Christ for you?
Is your Mind on strengthening believers’ Faith and Trust in God or you enjoy establishing Facts, Fallacies, Falsehoods and Fears in all your meetings?
Focusing on the essential thing (FAITH) is what our Lord prayed for. If our Faith fail not, when temptations, trials and buffeting of the devil comes, we are sure to overcome. FAITH IS ABOVE ALL… Ephesians 6: 16 ‘’Above all, taking the shield of Faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.’’ FAITH is above all the other weapons because we need FAITH to possess them in the first place. Jesus knew this and He set the Mind of Peter on this major ingredient in our Christian walk.
In Luke chapter 10, Jesus appointed and sent seventy disciples to go and preach in the cities. The seventy returned with joy that the devils submitted to them Luke 10:17-20. Our Lord gave them power over the devils. It is the power of FAITH. In verse 20, Jesus set their MINDS on one essential thing, ‘’But rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.’’ In Ephesians 2:8, we are saved by Grace through FAITH. The salvation of our soul is more important than the numbers of devils we cast out.
The Mind of Christ is the Mind of FAITH. In fact, in the scriptures He says, will He find FAITH on earth when He returns? He is talking about you and me. Will Christ find Faith and Faithfulness in you and me? The Bible says, ‘’Let this Mind be in you which was also in Jesus Christ.’’ It is the Mind of Faith! It is the prayer of Faith! It is the Preaching of Faith! It is the Lifestyle of Faith. Read Hebrews chapter eleven (11) and you will discover that, Faith is the only essential thing required in our Christian life. We live by Faith Galatians 2:20… The righteousness of God is revealed from Faith to Faith. James 2:5
Jesus focused the Mind of Simon Peter on FAITH, Prayer of Faith and not on mere desires of Satan. Jesus gave one singular assignment to Simon Peter and that is the same assignment He has given the church, TO STRENGTHEN THE FAITH, EMPOWER FAITH, BUILD THE FAITH OF BRETHREN.
I pray for you today, that your FAITH will not fail in the trials and battles of life. I pray that your Mind will be focus on the finished work of Christ and not on the mere desires of Satan concerning you. I pray that God increase you power and authority of FAITH to stop all the devices of the wicked (Satan). The prayer of Jesus will be your prayer points. Receive grace today to build the FAITH of brethren in Jesus name, amen.
The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the soul. The soul consist of your emotion, mind and will. God wants to control your soul. Surrender your soul to Jesus today.
Your Transformation is my concern
Fulfilling purpose keeps me excited
I celebrate you! Be healthy and wealthy in your mind!
Matthew Abolurin is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Pep Access Ltd, a consulting outfit responsible for Business conception, actualization and growth, Sales and Marketing Training and HR Management. Matthew Abolurin is the President of Transformation Network International, a multifaceted Network where wisdom is given to create a life of Purpose, Passion, Peace and Prosperity.