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SIFTING: The process of separating or filtering the good from the bad, the desirable from the undesirable.

Wheat: clip art by Charley Franz
Wheat: clip art by Charley Franz


Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail”(Luke 22:31-32).


God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith

Romans 12:3c


Understanding the

Power Principle



Satan has power, but no Authority.


  1. Authority is regimented


1. To form into a regiment. (from Latin) regimentum, ruler

2. Place into systematic order; systematize, subject to uniformity

3. Rigid order Physical (temporal troops) spiritual eternal troops)



  • Power (1849) exousia: authority, delegated influence, jurisdiction,

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).


For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

Thrones: (2231) hegemon: governor, (in time) official term, figurative place or province

Dominions (2963) kuriotes: governmental rulers, civil powers, rulers

Principalities (746) arche: chief (various applications) order, time place rank.


“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1).


OT account of sifting:

“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?” (Job 1:9, read Job 1:6-12)


“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”

Acts 19:15


Does Satan know your name?

  1. Satan especially wants to disturb the move of God in the life of people. He wants to interfere with any type of godliness perpetrated by mankind.


  1. Because Adam sinned, those who abandon sin for a life with God are Satan’s targets.


  1. Satan notices those who God displays truth speakers, those examples of God’s contact with humanity.


  1. Satan has a severe hatred for humanity. Why is not important (not a concern for humanity), what is important for us is that Satan remains under your feet.



   “We need to recognize the devil had to get permission from God. Satan doesn’t have a free hand with the Saints”(page 343).



Worship or Worry, God is still Sovereign.

  •  Worship

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).


  • Worry

Satan may enter your heart when your worried and fearful (as Satan entered Judas’ heart to betray Jesus (Matt 26:14; Mark 14:10; John 13:2:27).

Unbelief & Fear separates you from God eternally!

Those things which cannot be shaken may remain”

Competitive Setting                                                       (Heb 12:27b)

Jesus just revealed to his disciples that one of them is a traitor.

Satan entered Judas. Satan the deceiver entered Judas, afterwards the plan was in motion to deliver Jesus to the Jews. Judas lost F.O.C.U.S. Forever Occupied by Christ Undisturbed by Satan. He chose the Worry route instead of the Worship route.


God’s mission is your predetermined destiny of eternal life with the father. Satan’s mission is destruction and everlasting Hell fire and torment. God wants you to develop internally to combat the external. Satan wants you to focus on the external chaos and conform to it thereby tossing away your internal peace that God settles into your spirit.




Agitate What

Sin has no rhyme or reason, ask what not why! Ask what can I do to glorify God in this situation? (REB)


Filter Who

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35a)


Sift How

“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).


Purify When

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”(John 17:17).


Grind Where

“Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).


Sovereign Principal:

Correction is part of the plan, God knows the end from the beginning (maze solving principle): and this present chastening is just for a season for your purification is as silver being purified seven times in a furnace of earth (Psalms 12:6).


God’s Methodology:



“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (I Corinthians 1:27).


For Correction:

My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (6)For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement,where of all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons” (Hebrew 12:5-8).



Trust in Him!



Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Sifting pg. 342
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Sifting pg. 342



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