Will Your Faith Stand: Satan’s Desire to Have You & Sin Crouching At the Door

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses thirty-one through forty-six of the twenty-second chapter. When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the disciples still being gathered together with Jesus in the upper room. At this point during the evening, however, the Passover meal had concluded and Jesus had already partaken of the bread and the cup with His disciples. By this time during the evening Jesus has already declared unto His disciples that He would not drink of the fruit of the vine again with them until it would be fulfilled in the kingdom of heaven. What’s so interesting about this particular chapter is not only how it opens and begins, but also what takes place within and during it. If you read the words which are found and contained within this chapter you will find that it begins and opens up with the chief priests and scribes still seeking and still conspiring together to put Jesus to death. What makes their conspiracy at this point in time so much more volatile and diabolical is gnat they would now be able to plan it knowing they had the help and assistance of one of Jesus’ own disciples. The twenty second chapter of the New Testament gospel written by Luke not only opens with the religious leaders and religious system seeking to kill Jesus and out Him to death, but it also contains a meeting between religion and relationship. We dare not miss and lose sight of this particular reality, for in order to understand the betrayal of Jesus, and what would ultimately be His private trial before the chief priests, the scribes and elders of Israel, we must understand that it was made possible by the conspiracy of religion and the betrayal of relationship. I would dare say and would suggest that were it not for Judas’ willingness to betray Jesus into the hands of His adversaries and enemies, it might not have happened the way they ultimately experienced it. Of course we know that the Son of Man went as it was decreed and ordained by the living God, and that it was the good pleasure of the Father that allowed Jesus to be betrayed, to suffer, and to be put to death. We must recognize and understand that Judas’ betrayal of Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes of Israel was the catalyst that catapulted the suffering of Jesus into high gear during those days and at that time.

As you continue reading the words which are found within this passage of a dugouts you will find it written that immediately after Judas sought for an occasion and opportunity to betray Jesus, Jesus called peter and John unto Himself and instructed them to make preparations for them to celebrate and partake of the Passover meal together. Moving through the chapter you will fine Jesus instructing His disciples to enter into the city where they would be met by a man carrying a pitcher of water. Their instructions were to follow this man to the place where he was staying. It would be there at this house they would ask for the Goodman of the house, and it would be unto the Goodman of the house they were to ask and inquire about where the disciples together with Jesus might partake of the Passover meal together. Peter and John did exactly as Jesus instructed and found it exactly as Jesus had instructed and foretold them concerning the man carrying the pitcher of water, and even the house where they would partake of the Passover meal together. Once the preparations were made Jesus entered into the upper room of this house with His twelve disciples in order that He might partake of the Passover meal together. It would be together in the upper room where Jesus would take the cup of wine and give it unto the disciples in order that they might distribute and divide it among themselves for to drink. After taking of the cup and giving it unto His disciples Jesus then took the bread, blessed and broke it, and then passed it out among His disciples. The bread symbolized and represented His body which would be broken for them not many hours thence in the face of intense suffering and agony. The cup which Jesus passed out to the disciples would represent the blood of the new covenant—His blood of the new covenant which would be shed for the remission of sins. The bread representing the broken body of Christ and the wine which represented the blood of Jesus would Christ would be incorporated into this meal of remembrance, and as I have previously written—this meal of remembrance was not merely looking upon the suffering and agony which Jesus would partake of upon the cross, but it would also celebrate the tremendous triumph Jesus would exercise and display over the gods of this world and the gods of this age. The work which was done upon the cross wasn’t simply to redeem fallen mankind from sin, and not only to judge and condemn sin, but also to judge the gods of this present age.

What so amazes me about the words we find and read within this passage of a scripture is that not only do we read of Satan’s activity at the beginning of the chapter within the life of Judas, but we also read of his activity later on in the very same chapter. We would be incredibly remiss to read that which is contained within this passage of scripture and not see the presence and work of satan within the lives of two of Jesus’ disciples. We would be incredibly remiss to read the words which are found within this passage of scripture and not be acutely and keenly award of Satan’s attempt to infiltrate the ranks and number of Jesus’ disciples in order that he might wreak havoc within and among Jesus’ inner circle. We dare not, we cannot, we must not read the words which are found within this passage of scruffier and not come face to face with the desire of Satan to completely and utterly destroy the disciples of Jesus Christ from within. This chapter would begin and open up with satan entering into Judas and inviting—perhaps even enabling him—to betray the son of God unto the hands of the chief priests and scribes, and it would continue with Jesus speaking directly unto Simon also called Peter and declaring unto him how Satan desired to have him that he might sift him as wheat. The words which you find written in this passage of Scripture will bring you face to face with the activity of Satan, and now only how Satan actually entered into Judas, burg how Satan asked Jesus to have Simon also called Peter in order that he might have him. Permit me a minute of indulgence right now to think about and consider what that scene would have looked like as Satan approached Jesus the Christ asking to have Simon also called Peter. What was it like as Satan made himself manifest and present before Jesus, and did so for one single purpose and goal—to ask for permission to have Simon in order that he might sift him as what. It’s necessary that we pay close attention to this, for there is a fundamental difference between Judas Iscariot and Simon Peter, for what we read concerning Judas was that Satan entered him in order that he might incite him against Jesus to betray Him into the hands of those who vehemently opposed and hated him. The difference between Judas and Simon also called Peter was that there appears to have been given an inroad and access into Judas’ life for Satan to have actually been able to enter into him. Scripture first reveals how Satan put it into the heart and mind of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes in Israel, but Scripture would go on to reveal how Satan would actually enter into Judas. In other words, what began as merely putting a thought within the heart and mind of Judas would eventually culminate in Satan being able to enter into Judas Iscariot.

I would dare say that there is something very specific found within the texts which were written concerning Judas Iscariot, for they bring us face to face with the reality of how Satan was able to enter into Judas as opposed to merely putting a though into his heart and mind. The apostle John writes and records concerning Judas that Satan put it into his heart to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel, and before that chapter even came to a close we find that Satan was actually permitted to enter into Judas. Consider if you will the words which are written and found—not only within the thirteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John, but also the words which are found within the twenty-second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke:

“Now the feast of unleavened bread drew night, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him unto them. And they were glad, and Covenanter to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray Him unto them in the absence of the multitude” (Luke 22:1-6).

“Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded” (John 13:1-5).

“When Jesus had thus said, He was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom He spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ Boston one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom He spake. HE then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto Him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now no man at the table knew for what intent He spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that He should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night” (John 13:21-27).

Each of these passages of Scripture bring us face to face with that which was written concerning Judas Iscariot, and we must understand and recognize that the apostle John gives us a little more detail than the beloved physician Luke does. Both the apostle John and the beloved physician Luke wrote and recorded how Satan entered into Judas, however, the apostle John writes something additional which Luke did not include in his treatise concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. Both the apostle John and the beloved physician Luke wrote how Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, but the apostle John wrote how the devil actually put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel. As I sit here this morning, I can’t help but ask myself what the difference was between the devil merely putting it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel, and Satan actually entering into him. As you read the scriptural account of the Passover meal—specifically, what was written and recorded by the apostle John—you will find that Judas was not only present in the upper room when Jesus partook of the Passover meal with His disciples, but Judas was also present in the upper room when Jesus washed the feet of each of His disciples. If you read the twenty-second chapter of the New Testament gospel account of Jesus’ life and ministry written by Luke, as well as that which was written by the apostle John, you will find that it was very likely that the devil put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus the Christ before entering into the upper room with Jesus and the other disciples. According to Luke we find that Satan having entered into Judas, he met together with the chief priests and the scribes in order that he might conspire together with them to betray Jesus into their hands. Thus, it seems very likely that Judas met with the chief priests and scribes prior to and before the Passover meal. What’s more, is that Judas entered into the upper room with Jesus and the other disciples—not only knowing that he would betray Him into the hands of His adversaries and enemies, but also that he had already met with the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel. When Judas entered into the upper room with Jesus and his disciples, everything he did during that encounter was an affront and façade in the sight and presence of Jesus—a façade of fellowship and friendship. Pause and consider the fact that not only had the devil put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, but Judas entered into the upper room with Jesus and His disciples knowing full well what he was going to do. Judas knew full well when Jesus was washing his feet, and he knew full well when he partook of the Passover meal with Jesus and the other disciples that he was conspiring together with the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel to betray Jesus into their hands.

I sit here this morning and I can’t help but read the text which is found in the New Testament gospel of John and see a drastic and fundamental difference between the devil merely putting into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus the Christ, and Satan actually entering him. What caused and what brought about the transition between the devil merely putting into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, and Satan actually entering into Judas? What’s more, is that if and as you read the words which are written and recorded within the thirteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will find that in between the devil putting into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, and Satan actually entering into Judas Iscariot—not only did the Passover meal and supper take place, but you will also find and discover that Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples there in the upper room. If you read the words which are found in the thirteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John chronologically and as being sequential, then Satan did not enter into Judas until after supper had ended, and after Jesus had washed his feet. This is quite remarkable and astonishing when you think about and consider it, for between the devil merely putting into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of those who hated Him and Satan entering into Judas we find Judas partaking of their Passover meal with Jesus and the other disciples, and even having his feet washed by Jesus the Christ. I am absolutely and completely convinced that there is a fast and fundamental difference between Satan entering into Judas and Satan asking to have Simon Peter that he might sift him as wheat, and one of the key differences was what we find and read concerning the devil putting into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel. What we read concerning Judas was not only that the devil put it into his heart to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, but also that Satan entered into Judas in order that he might actually carry out and go through with the betrayal of Jesus into the hands of those who vehemently hated and opposed Him. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this incredibly important reality, for it brings us face to face with a tremendous and incredible truth—namely, surrounding and pertaining to that which we do with that which the devil puts into our hearts. The apostle John wrote and recorded how the devil merely put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of His enemies, and that immediately after the devil put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus, he not only partook of the Passover meal with the disciples, but he also had his feet washed by Jesus the Christ. Imagine having something put into your heart by the devil himself, and then not only partaking of the Passover meal with Jesus and the other disciples, but also having your feet washed by Jesus in addition to and on top of that.

There is not a doubt in my mind that there is something fundamental that took place between the time the devil put it into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel, and Satan actually entering into Judas. There was something that took place within the heart and mind of Judas, and something that transitioned within him that opened the door for Satan to actually enter into him to not only incite him to betray Jesus into the hands of those who hated and opposed Him, but also to carry out and go through with the act. Continuing along these lines I can’t help but be reminded of two distinct passages which are found within the New Testament, but also one which two which are found in the Old Testament. There are indeed and there are in fact two distinct passages found within the New Testament—specifically, within the first epistle written by the apostle Peter, as well the epistle which was written by James—concerning the activity and presence of Satan, and our responsibility toward and against him. Within the Old Testament there are two distinct passages which come to mind—the first being that which we find and read concerning Cain the eldest son of Adam and Eve, and the second being what we find and read concerning Job who was a righteous man in the sight and presence of the living God. Consider if you will that which is found in the two epistles within the New Testament, and then that which is found in the Old Testament books of Genesis and Job:

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know they not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw night to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubled minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” (James 4:1-10).

“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he care the for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 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, and strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:5-11).

“And in the process of time it came to pass, that Can brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto he Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstling of his block and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Genesis 4:3-7).

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fear with God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou. Made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:6-12).

“And there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth,a Nd from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feared God, and escheweth evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh? What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? IN all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:1-10).

In the Old Testament book of Job we find the Lord granting Satan permission to not only strike all that Job had, but also to strike the physical body of Job with sore boils. Within this Old Testament book we find Satan being given permission by the Lord to not only touch Job’s physical person, but also his possessions, however, Satan could not take or touch his life. This is actually quite unique and astonishing when you think about it—particularly in light of what we read concerning Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot—for Scripture records how Satan desired to have Simon called Peter in order that he might sift him as wheat. I can’t help but wonder if Satan asking to have Simon Peter in order that he might sift him as wheat was similar to Satan presenting himself among the sons of God to accuse them before the throne of God which was in heaven. Scripture doesn’t reveal that Satan actually asked the Lord for Job, however, we find the Lord seemingly offering Job up to Satan in order to test and to try. That which we read concerning Satan going to and fro within the earth, and from walking up and down in it seems to speak to the reality of what we read in the epistle written by the apostle Peter concerning the devil seeking those whom he might devour. What’s more, is that this even seems to line up and coincide with that which we find and read in the fourth chapter of the very first book of the Bible, for the Lord spoke unto Cain concerning sin lying at the door, and how unto him he would be his desire, but he should have master over it. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of that which was written concerning Cain in the Old Testament book of Genesis, for the Lord declared unto Cain—not only that sin lie at the door, but also that sin desired to have and lay hold of him. Cain’s response to this particular reality must be one of resistance, for although sin desired to have Cain, he was to resist and oppose it. This is much like the words which both James and Peter wrote in the New Testament, for both men wrote and instructed us to resist the devil, and that he would flee from us. Both the apostle Peter, as well as James declared that we must submit ourselves first to God, and in and through that submission we must then resist the devil and he would flee from us. When we think about and consider the life of Judas Iscariot, we must recognize and understand that although the devil put it into his heart to betray Jesus the Christ into the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel, he was given a choice to resist the devil, or to entertain the devil. What’s more, is that Judas was even given the opportunity to participate in the Passover meal with Jesus and His disciples, as well as to have his feet washed by Jesus the Christ there in the upper room. Judas was given the chance to resist the devil and that which the devil had placed within his heart, and yet he deliberately and intentionally chose not to resist the devil, and as a direct result of this failure to resist, the devil also known as Satan was permitted to enter into him.

If you read the twenty-second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke you will find it written how Satan desired to have Simon also called Pete to sift him as wheat, and how Jesus more than likely didn’t say no. Upon reading the words which are found within this passage of Scripture you will find Jesus declaring unto Simon that Satan desired to have him that he might sift him as wheat, but how Jesus prayed for him that his faith would not fail, and after he was converted he would strengthen his brethren. Jesus’ words to this apostle not only seem to bring him face to face with the fact that Satan desired to have him that he might sift him as wheat, but also that Jesus seemed to grant permission to Satan to do just what he had asked permission to do. Jesus’ words unto Simon that he prayed for him that his faith would fail not seem to suggest the incredible and tremendous reality that Satan could in fact sift Simon Peter as wheat, but that his sifting would and could only go so far. Despite the fact that Satan would sift Simon Peter as wheat, Jesus prayed for him that his faith would not fail, and that once he was converted, he would strengthen his brethren in their faith. The words which we find in the twenty-second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke seem to bring us face to face with how Satan did in fact seem to sift Satan as wheat, and we would be incredibly wise and discerning to take a look at these two passages within this chapter to know exactly how Satan desired to have Simon Peter. The first is found immediately before Jesus’ words which were spoken unto Simon Peter, and the next was found in Jesus’ interaction and dialogue with the apostle. Consider if you will the two realities found within this chapter which bring us face to face with how Satan did in fact intend on sifting Simon Peter as wheat:

“And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And He said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appointed unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:24-30).

“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. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me” (Luke 22:31-34).

Within each of these two passages we encounter and come face to face with just how Satan desired to have Simon Peter in order that he might sift him as wheat. On the one hand we find the strife breaking out among the disciples in the upper room as to which one of them would and should be accounted as the greatest, and immediately following this—on the other hand—we find Jesus declaring unto Simon that before the rooster would crow that morning, he would deny him three times. In all reality, I am convinced that where Satan would attempt to sift Simon Peter within his life was in the realm of self-righteousness, arrogance, pride, and perhaps even in the area of self-confidence. You will notice that there arose a strife between the disciples as to which one of them would be accounted as the greatest, and undoubtedly Simon Peter might have prevailed among them, for after all it was he who walked upon the water in the midst of the storm, and it was he who pronounced and declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. It was Simon Peter who was accounted among the three disciples which made up Jesus’ inner circle, and undoubtedly Simon Peter would have won out in any discussion among the disciples concerning who was the greatest. I am convinced that where Satan would be able to sift Simon Peter was when his entire world came crashing down around him after he denied the Lord—not once, not twice, but three times. I am convinced the greatest way Satan could sift Simon Peter was in the realm of his self-confidence and pride, and how he viewed himself as being the strongest among the disciples and apostles. Undoubtedly Simon Peter believed that his faith was solid, and that his resolve was in fact strong enough to withstand any opposition that came against Jesus, and he even boasted of such by declaring that he was ready to go with Jesus to prison and even to the death. What we must recognize and understand was that Satan was permitted to traffic in Simon Peter’s view of himself, and was able to traffic in his confidence which was present within his heart. Undoubtedly Simon Peter believed that his faith was strong enough to withstand any opposition which he, the disciples and Jesus faced, and yet Scripture would reveal that Simon would not only deny Jesus once, but would deny him three times. Please don’t miss this, for although Satan desired to have Simon that he might sift him as wheat, Jesus prayed for him that his faith would not fail, and that when he was converted he would strengthen his brethren. This is critical and crucial, for there is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus prayed for Simon—not only that his faith would not crumble, but also that he would be able to stand steadfast in that faith and resist the devil who would seek to sift him as wheat. Much like the instruction which was given to Cain to exercise mastery over sin which crouched at his door, Simon Peter would be required to exercise mastery over the devil who would seek to sift him as wheat. What’s more is that Simon Peter would be the one who would write concerning Satan how he prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but how he must resist him while and as we submit ourselves to God.

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