I reach people for Christ with humor. I’m called a Christian comedienne … I call myself blessed. I get to look at life through a humorous lens and then talk about it … and this tool allows me to share the Gospel. Obviously, God can use anyone!
So, I feel like comedy would be the last way God would speak about NewSpring Church and Pastor Perry Noble. ! I have been encouraged, instructed and challenged by a lot of people since I’ve been in public ministry. One of my favorites is Perry Noble, while I don’t personally know him; his messages have personally impacted my life. Therefore, like many of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I have been heartbroken about the circumstances. My heart is deeply grieved and that has made me pray, which is a good thing. After a long period of praying, I felt God move me to the Bible especially the book of Luke, and then, specifically to Luke 22:31. In this verse we find Jesus telling Peter that Satan has asked to “sift him like wheat.” Let’s dissect that.
First, note Holy Scripture does not say Satan got to do as he pleased … he had to ask Jesus to sift Peter, and Scripturally and historically we know this happened with Peter because he denied Jesus Christ 3 times later that night before the rooster crowed on the dawn of a new day. This compelled me to deeper study. If Satan had to ask then, it means Jesus allowed Peter to be sifted like wheat. Whoa, please say you just read that twice. Jesus allowed Peter to be sifted. Scripturally the answer is, “Yes,” but before you jump to conclusions, remember that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, (Revelation 1:8) which means Jesus is the beginning and end. I like to think of it as if Jesus is holding a large red View-Finder. You remember those don’t you? They were popular when I was a child and you could see a whole event or place at one time. I could stand in my backyard in Cayce, SC and look at all of Disneyland in one view. Well, Jesus stands at the beginning of time and end of time and sees all in between. So, Jesus stands at your birth, first day of school, graduation, marriage and funeral and sees it all. That is a great argument for praying for your future spouse. Jesus knows who He has ordained your spouse to be. You don’t want to be at the wrong marriage altar do you? Anyway, a little side bar there, but Jesus looked in that view finder and said Peter, I have told Satan he can sift you like wheat. Jesus looked at Perry Noble’s life and knew he’d have this sin struggle but still planted him in the pulpit of His church.
Secondly, why would Jesus do that? Well, sifting wheat removes the chaff or the “bad” stuff, so all you are left with is the good stuff to feed yourself with … or better the good stuff that produces a great outcome – baked bread. Can you smell sourdough bread baking right now? Actually, what Jesus said is that Satan could remove the “bad” stuff so, the good stuff would remain, and there Jesus would build His Church. That’s why God sent His Son for the “bad” stuff to be covered with His blood. If we are honest with ourselves we all have been or will be sifted like wheat. We are commanded to be like Christ. That has taken some real sifting in my life. So, Perry Noble for whatever reason is being sifted. Some bad stuff is being removed from his life, by his own admission, but why … well, isn’t it obvious? Pastor Noble builds Christ’s church as we are all called to do, make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Finally, and what is most significant, is that Jesus tells Peter that He, the King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega, has prayed for him so that his faith will not fail. Do you hear that … Jesus prayed for Peter so His faith would not fail, therefore, same sifting … new day with Perry Noble and through Christ, Pastor Noble’s faith will not fail because when Jesus ascended into Heaven, He promised not to leave us as orphans but He would send a comforter, the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 teaches us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Yes, the Holy Spirit is praying for Pastor Noble right now, so shouldn’t we? First Thessalonians 5:17 teaches us to pray without ceasing. We’ve got some work to do. Together, let’s flood the Throne Room of God with prayers for NewSpring Church and Pastor Noble because we know that “good” stuff is going to come out of this … because we also know Romans 8:28 … all things work for good and Jesus is holding Pastor Noble’s View-Finder. But, until then as we witness what has unfolded, what are we to do with the sifted wheat? Either pray or bake bread because who knows; we may have to wipe some dust off our sifters in the near future.
Disclaimer: Just my heart … for any critics … I may use your comments in a future comedy routine! Blessings and love you all bunches! Cherie