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Not Without His Permission

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By ADIGW in : Today in God's Will // May 5 2009

“and the Lord said,“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; and when you have returned to Me,
strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22: 31 – 32

Jesus spoke the words in the verse above when He and His disciples were eating the ‘Lord’s supper’ and when He was predicting Peter’s imminent denial of Him. Jesus told Peter that Satan asked for Him, meaning that, Jesus had previously had a conversation with Satan whereby, Satan requested for Peter. This implies that Satan cannot pick and choose, freely, whom he desires to afflict or torment, on this earth, ‘he must ask God, he needs God’s permission to do so’. (Head spinning right? – Yes, it was for me also when I was opened to this understanding).

However, surprised we must not be, for in the Bible, there is another example whereby it shows that, Satan requires God’s permission for everything, especially when it comes to His children. Where is that written? I hear you ask. In the book of Job. It is evident in Job 2: 3 – 6, and it reads “3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.” 4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” 6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”

Here we see, Satan having conversations with God regarding Job and asking permission to torment Job so that he(Job), can turn his back on God.

To ask permission means: “authorization granted to do something; formal consent”
To sift means to: “pass or fall through or as if through a sieve”

We learn from this same Luke 22 passage that, Satan wanted to sift Peter like wheat, thereby putting Peter’s FAITH to the test. He wanted to put Peter’s FAITH UNDER PRESSURE

What is the essence of putting Peter’s faith to the test, I hear you ask? Well lets go to Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT)

To break this passage down further, it means that our FAITH, which is our BELIEF (which is in the fundamental fact of God’s existence and in His word, which is our firm foundation), that what we hope (which is in God’s word) for, will actually happen; it gives us total and complete assurance (total confidence) about the things that we cannot see.

Thus, with that definition in mind, when our faith is tested, our belief, confidence, hope and total assurance and declaration in God and His word, is being tested. It is not to test if we can hold on to our earthly possessions (cars, houses, jobs and the rest), but if we can hold on to our firm belief in God, during the trials and tribulations we go through.

Reading Luke 22: 31 – 32 further, we learn that, even though Jesus gave Satan permission to test Paul, in His goodness, He made sure that Peter was going to be alright. Jesus prayed for Peter. He prayed that his Faith (which is what was to be tested) will not fail him, Luke 22: 32 reads “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;” However, the beauty of our Lord Jesus is that, as He prayed for Peter then, He still prays for us now, during our trials and tribulations as confirmed in Romans 8:34, which reads “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”

We also learn from the 2nd part of verse 32, of Luke 22, that regardless our trials and tribulations, we will come through. However, when we do, we will have a testimony, which is to be used to help others who are going through the same difficulties we just came out of. Luke 22:32 reads “…So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers. (NLT)” This is why it is important to share our testimonies with others so that it will help them towards their breakthrough and also bringing glory to God’s name.

From all of the above, we must remember that:

  • Nothing happens to us without God’s permission. Satan has to obtain permission from God to afflict us. I like to say he requires a ‘permission slip’ that states his limited, under permission authority and boundaries on anything concerning us.
  • When we are going through trials and tribulations, being tested, it is our FAITH – our foundation, our belief in God that is being tested.
  • God is always there to help and see us through as we are assured in 1 Corinthians 10:13 which reads “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure”.
  • The testing of our faith is good for us, for it brings growth through endurance as confirmed in James1: 2 – 4, which reads “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”  Endurance is the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance

Be encouraged and of good cheer, for every single test of faith we go through, has not happened without God’s notice or permission.

Nothing occurs to God and nothing takes Him by surprise.

However, we must do whatever it takes, to hold on to the very foundations of our faith, our belief, which is in God and His word. We must believe that He is on our side, He is praying for us, and the tests are to refine us. This means we will be fine, we will come out refined and much stronger. We will come out victorious armed with powerful and life changing testimonies. These we must share with others, to strengthen and help them through their own tests; whilst making our good, wonderful and merciful God, famous along your way.

 

Much Love
Remi
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26 Responses to "Not Without His Permission"

  1. Kafo May 5, 2009 10:37 pm Reply

    i’m almost tempted to print multiple copies past one on my steering wheel, one on the ceiling of my room
    one on my cellphone
    one on my laptop screen

    hmmm what else do i look at daily
    i think that is about it

    this is beautiful
    i lvoe the way you broke it down

    thank u

  2. Remi, United Kingdom May 5, 2009 10:41 pm Reply

    @ kafo… lol.. I just laughed out so loud and hard after reading your comment … lol. I could almost see you thinking hard oh.. eh, where else do I look oh.. you are welcome love. God has been good, he has been super teaching me some things, that even my head is spinning.. but I have to share..

    Hope u’re doing good girl.. much love x

  3. adebanji May 6, 2009 4:13 am Reply

    Very encouraging, especially for me right now. May God bless you for such a piece!

  4. simeone May 6, 2009 5:37 am Reply

    actually ehn remi…i wanna just copy kafo’s comment and paste ..(i had to read something like this at this particular moment.)..thanks for chekin up on moi..reali reali appreciate..i was already here b4 i saw it sef..
    remain blessed

  5. Rita May 6, 2009 6:51 am Reply

    God! This is beautiful! I am so blessed by this post!

    Something I would like to add is that God has confidence in us that we will trust Him during the trials…it is left for us to trust Him and His words…

    God bless you Remi…

  6. Anonymous May 6, 2009 2:28 pm Reply

    Thank you for allowing God to use you as an instrument. Lately I’ve been going back and forth between beating myself up and staying steadfast in faith principles. This just confirms to me what he’s been saying all along.

  7. Favoured Girl May 6, 2009 3:28 pm Reply

    Thanks for breaking this down so well! It’s so true, no situation we are going through takes God by surprise.

    Stay blessed!

  8. David C Brown May 6, 2009 6:16 pm Reply

    When Satan tested Jesus it brought out the perfection of Jesus; when he tests us the work of God in us does not fail, although we may fail.

  9. Gee May 7, 2009 2:29 am Reply

    ahhhh!
    Remi there u go again..
    as if the bible study Im just coming from is not enuf!
    noo…its not enuf!!
    I needed to read this post!
    I’m going thru alot of stuff now, I call it PGS(my post)…and i’m happy to kno that God is fully aware and hasnt 4gotten me!
    this is beautiful!!

  10. Olufunke May 7, 2009 8:03 am Reply

    Hmmmmmm
    I never thought of it that way….’that satan takes permission from God to hurt us”
    Very profound truth here, need to go do some personal study.
    Thanks
    God bless you and increase you

    1. joy November 18, 2014 8:04 am Reply

      please let me know what u learnt from your personal study joana777@rediffmail.com

  11. Anonymous May 7, 2009 11:59 am Reply

    God bless you, I don’t want to start crying in the library, but I have never been under so much pressure in my life, plus I am tired…But I have to continue, because I need to give my testimony.

    Stay blessed

    xx

  12. My Quest May 10, 2009 7:43 pm Reply

    You stopped by “My Quest” the other day and left such encouraging and thoughtful comments.
    for someone who doesn’t know me, your comments are really a blessing. Thanks for all the suggestions.
    I know God is faithful and will perform his good will towards us at the appointed time.
    I take it that you are single, waiting for that special someone, God will send that bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh as you tend his vinyard.

    Love

  13. Lady A May 12, 2009 8:05 pm Reply

    @Kafo, lol!Amen! Well put. This is something we all need to mediatate on this week.

  14. StandTall-The Activist May 13, 2009 10:36 am Reply

    Thanks for this insight. I have gained a new perspective about afflictions and God’s reason for allowing certain things to happen to us via this post.

  15. Remi, United Kingdom May 13, 2009 12:45 pm Reply

    @ adebanji…I thank God that you are encouraged.. His words and wisdom bring light, life and peace.. :-)

    @simeone.. lol.. I feel you.. I re-read it and I’m tempted to do the same. Half the time when I write I can’t remember it.. and then I read again and I say “thank you Holy Spirit” for I am also blessed and encouraged by it… amazing.. Hope you’re doing good. Update oh. x

    @Rita… true that… so who are we not to have confidence in ourselves? yup, yup.. How’s the project coming along? x
    @Anonymous – I thank God you were blessed by this… :-)

    @Favoured Girl… Yup yup, thanks love.. and u too. :-)

    @David C Brown … Word.. that’s so through… wow.. thank you for that insight. How are u doing?

    @Gee… lol. It is not me oh, this is God teaching us eh? It is amazing the things we learn when we open ourselves to him! Unlike man, God is never too busy to help us… hope you’re having a great week. :-)
    ahhhh!

    @Olufunke – Yup… me neither, until I got more wisdom about this. Happy studying, and please share what u learnt.. God bless x

    @Anonymous …Nope, no crying, keep on going, and when u feel tired, take hold of God’s strength and keep going. He is always there by yourself and will carry you through if need be. Yes, you need that testimony to help others along the way.. xx :-

    @My Quest – God is a good and faithful God. Yup single and sound.. lol.. Amen and Amen.. and u too.. thanks so much :-) Have a blessed week..

    @Lady – I am sure by now, Kafo has printed like 100 copies oh.. lol.. God bless… :-)

    @StandTall-The Activist – praise God.. :-) x

  16. Jaycee May 13, 2009 8:55 pm Reply

    First of all, I just want to thanki you Rem for bringing these two stories out in the light.

    Next, I observed that in Job’s story, God asked satan if he had “noticed” Job. I now realize that unless a person is determined to walk in God’s ways, satan would not even notice him/her. In the same way, it was because satan noticed Peter that he decided to ask for permission.

    When we go through diverse trials, we must understand that it is because satan has noticed us…

  17. The poets voice ~~~ May 16, 2009 11:51 am Reply

    @ Jaycee- i like your little addition to this..it reminds of where it says in the bible that we should let our light shine for all to see..when we are serving God faihfully, our light is so bright that Satan can’t help but notice!
    He then takes action because we’ve become a threat to him.

    @ Remi- Thanks for breaking this down.The Devil knows his place so he takes permission from God. But God is ‘never taken by surprise’ so He is expecting us to pass this test! When are faith is tried and tested and we come out victorious, we grow in strength.

    …Our faith grows from being mustard-sized to having mounting-moving capabilities!!!

  18. Travis T. Wisconsin April 8, 2010 2:11 am Reply

    Nothing happens without God's permission? So God permits women, children, and innocent people to be raped and molested by strangers, adults, caregivers, PARENTS!? How can a loving being let such cruel and disgusting acts take place?! This is just one of the millions of reasons I have complete and blind faith in Atheism and Humanism.

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  20. Renny April 16, 2011 11:08 pm Reply

    I just came across this post and the last couple of comments and felt the need to add something. I agree with the post that nothing happens to a child of God (only those that believe and receive Him- John 1:12) without God’s knowing, and hence His permission. This makes sense if He is God, thereby knowing all things and ruling over everything, the devil included. However, I don’t believe that every bad thing that happens in the world today is caused directly by the devil (‘directly’ being the operative word here). I think Travis may have got the wrong end of the stick thinking that God permits evil, and sits back and does nothing about it. Most of the evil we see perpetrated in the world around us today are caused by us humans. And God allows it not because He’s cruel and disgusting but because He has given us free will. Something God will not do is interfere with our free will. If God stepped in and stopped every act of evil, He would be interfering with people’s freedom to make a choice, and this would make all of us akin to robots, because we would only be able to do the stuff God wants us to do. Unfortunately this means that bad stuff will happen, because we all have the ability within us to be bad.

    The point of the post is that Satan will try to tempt us and as children of God, God allows us to be tested because from James 1 verse 2-4 and verse 12, we can see that it is obviously good for us. So, yes, God sees all the bad stuff that happens to good and innocent people, but truth is we cannot blame God or the devil even for the choices that we human beings make.

  21. Maria E. April 22, 2011 7:56 pm Reply

    Renny, Good point. We must be on guard at all times knowing that satan and helpers are out there making sure to take away what God has giving us to make us strong. if we pray and study the bible everyday is harder for us to fall because the foundation inplanted in us is getting fed every day by prayer and word. :) When we pray we pray for confiidence
    Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

    When there is need he is there to help us all the way. I will say when we sin we can’t blame the devil we have to blame ourself for letting Jesus down.

  22. Lyn Leahz September 27, 2012 4:09 am Reply

    Awesome post! God bless you!

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  25. Lorenzo November 21, 2016 9:26 pm Reply

    This came right on time. My mom is battling cancer and I must admit after praying and seeing the results get worst my faith was almost gone. This actually gave me the boost I needed.

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