Deuteronomy 8:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Welcome to Speak Faithfulness!
This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonging, healing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past. We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8).
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).
Your host today is Anna Smit. She is continuing the series, Upon This Rock, focusing on the life, calling and redemption of Peter. Each week we focus on a portion of Scripture that reveals the faithfulness of God toward not just Peter, but each one of us. We look at how Peter’s life reflects the belonging, healing and wholeness we can all find in our Savior, who calls us to speak aloud His faithfulness over ourselves and others. Anna is publishing next week’s post a few days early, feeling prompted by the LORD to do so.
Today, Anna is resting in the Words Jesus spoke to Peter before the crucifixion and Peter’s denials (Luke 22:31-32):
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Before you listen, Anna has a confession to make. Two weeks ago, in Christ: The Loving Discipline of God at Work in Us, Anna shared of a recent friendship breakup. She shared of her friend’s inability to receive the truth she spoke, as well as her own inability to receive the truth her friend spoke and of God’s breaking to make them whole in Him. What she didn’t share is that she did not speak the original Words God gave her weeks earlier because she was afraid that she would lose her friend. She refused to defend her friend from the enemy’s schemes, agreeing with the lies of the enemy above God’s holy Word.
But God would bring it all to a head and bring about the breaking for her good and her friend’s, even in her disobedience. He would not allow her to deny the finished work of the Cross and bathe in self-righteousness and shame. He turned her to His Promises of eternal healing and wholeness in the breaking of His Body.
Praise be to God that He is the God who keeps no record of our wrongs. While Anna kept a record of her friend’s wrongs and her own, falling into pride and shame, God moved within her to lead her to repentance. Anna’s friend and Anna are covered by God’s grace. Now, when Anna looks at her friend and herself, she sees Jesus in them both. May God forgive her for keeping a record of her friend’s and her own wrongdoing, rather than embracing the grace and forgiveness God has so freely extended to us all.
As you listen to today’s offering, may Peter’s testimony through suffering and Anna’s mother’s testimony through the ravages of glioblastoma multiforme (brain cancer), multiply grace and peace to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as He continues to shine through them, even in their death:
Did you listen to last week’s episode? I share not only Peter’s and my own testimony of God’s grace in our weakness, but also the powerful testimony and words of three other beautiful souls, two beloved friends of mine and the son of a dear friend of mine, a son who went to be with our Lord and Savior at the end of last year. Be sure to check it out and be blessed to see the power of Jesus at work in your own weakness also – Christ: The Perfecting Power of God at Work in Us.
Did you know we now have an Insta page for Speak Faithfulness? Come be blessed by additional words of encouragement and excerpts taken from recent podcasts: @SpeakOfHisFaithfulness
May Jesus who shines so brightly through these songs wrap you in His arms and lead you to REJOICE in His Word that lives and breathes and moves in you: