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Friday, October 14, 2011

Mindful of God

Jesus predicted His suffering, death, and resurrection.  Peter refused to listen to Him and in an instant became an adversary instead of a close friend and disciple.  So much so that Jesus said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan!  You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matt 16.23).  Satan tempted Jesus to become Messiah without suffering or dying.  Peter was suggesting the same.  Jesus teaches us that the best way to handle satanic influence is to resist it – “Get behind Me”.  We can resist Satan and the world’s influence.  We have the freedom to do so.  These things will flee from us when we turn our backs on them.  Then a whole new panacea will open before us.  Let’s be mindful of the things of God.