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Text Sermons : J.R. Miller : November 8. The Baffled Tempter

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"Satan has desired to have you — that he may sift you as wheat." Luke 22:31

Peter was put through Satan's winnowing; but only the chaff in him was blown out. He was a smaller man after the winnowing, just as the bulk of the wheat pile is reduced when the chaff is blown out; but he was a better man. He lost his rashness, his self-confidence, his pride — and came again a humble man — but stronger, majestic — empowered to bless the world.

Thus through the grace of Christ — even the falls of believers are made to work for their good. Much of the grandeur and power of Peter's after life, came out of that costly lesson. The oyster mends its broken shell — by forming a pearl where the break had been — hiding the scar, and making it a spot of lustrous beauty. So true repentance of sins changes the weakness of our lives, into strength. If we are Christ's true followers, even our defeats become blessings.

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