Get Out of the Lord’s Way

Published August 21, 2016 by LPCOC in Bulletin

Matthew 16:13-20

Out of all of the disciples, I think I like Peter the best. He reminds me a lot of myself. Peter always had good intentions, but his mouth was always getting him in trouble with Jesus. I am the same way. I speak before I think and end up sticking my foot in my mouth. Jesus warns us that what comes out of our mouths or what we speak can be very harmful and evil. Have you ever spoken badly of someone just because they spoke badly of you? Have you ever told a little white lie to make yourself look better? Have you ever said you would do something knowing that you wouldn’t? What we say will either uplift others or it will tear them down. Have you ever repeated gossip or started a rumor? I have seen careers destroyed and even churches fold because of unfounded rumors and gossip. All of this comes from Satan. We need to stop and tell Satan to get behind us.

Peter didn’t see the big picture. When Jesus was telling His disciples about what must happen, Peter only heard that Jesus was to be killed. He didn’t want his Master, his best friend to leave him. Peter didn’t realize that if Jesus didn’t do this, then any of them or us could never enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Jesus knew from where Peter received his thoughts and why Peter rebuked Him. Satan had given Peter these thoughts, because Satan knew that he was doomed if Jesus died on that cross.

Today Satan knows that he is doomed, but he wants to take as many people with him as he can. So Satan is using every tactic that he can to mislead us. We need to learn to say “Get behind me Satan.”

Love,
Russ

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