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And the Lord said, Simon, simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.       Luke 22:31
                                                                  by david berkowitz

     If we truly want to follow Jesus Christ, then I assure you, the devil will test us to see if our faith is genuine, and if our love for God is real.
     Jesus warned Simon Peter that Satan was watching him closely.  He was looking over Simon for any little flaw, something that the old devil could use against Simon to cause him to mess up and ultimately fall away from  his faith in the Lord. 
      And Satan is still doing the same today.  He's watching me.  He's watching you.  He's waiting for the day when he could launch his attack and make an attempt to shipwreck our faith.
     Really I could just as well put my name in place of Simon Peter's.  "David, David, the devil desires to trick, trap, and crush
     Indeed I do know about Satan's diabolical tricks.  His cruelty and cunning are unprecedented.
     Satan will stop at nothing in his attempts to discredit and destroy a man.  Likewise he will find plenty of unwitting  (and
 witting) human beings to assist him in such endcavors.  For there are many who would love nothing better than to smash my spirit and silence my lips.
     Nevertheless, as Jesus prayed for Peter, He does the same for me and for every Christian.  And when our particular testings are finished, we are to encourage and strengthen our brethren while they endure what we had already gone through.
                                                 David Berkowitz
                                                 June 23, 2005
(c) 2005  David Berkowitz

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