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Right Motives or Satan's Tool?


I read this and it just struck me hard. I have to share it with everyone. This is SO important too. Many of us have heard this story about the conversation between Jesus and Peter. It was never clear to me why Jesus rebuked Satan in Peter when he was saying something that seemed caring. Read this!! (Copied & Pasted)


Matthew 16:13-23 is a dialogue between Jesus, Peter and Satan.

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of thes aring God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED IT unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on eart youall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Matthew 16:13-23

In verse 17, Peter had a direct revelation from God - " . . .for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Again, notice God "REVEALED" it unto Peter.

Notice what happens in verse 23, just seven verses later. Jesus addresses Peter as Satan! Satan had completely taken over Peter. God, the Father was communicating directly to Peter in verse 17 and in verse 23, Satan had completely taken over Peter!

But what is really interesting is Peter's motive.

As Jesus began in verse 21 to tell how He would be crucified, verse 22 reads, "Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."

Peter's motive was his LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS! He did not want Jesus to be crucified. And even though Peter's motive was RIGHT - when he got out of the will of God - Satan COMPLETELY TOOK OVER. You can have the RIGHT motive (even love for the Lord Jesus Christ!) and be completely WRONG! Even to the point of under the control of Satan.

Sincerity, and even love, is no substitute for the WILL OF GOD.

Let me say that again. . .

Sincerity, and even love, is no substitute for the WILL OF GOD.

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So many of us may have a heart with good intentions, wanting to please God, to follow him and do more for him. Satan EASILY takes that and uses it for his will, and not God's. We all need to make sure we are SO CAREFUL about this!! Don't let Satan move you off the mark even by a small degree, because down the road, the slight change in degree becomes wider, and WIDER and we've realized that we've gone too far.


  1. Martha said...
    Oh my, I've read this passage many times but never shared that perspective before. It makes perfect sense :o) very thought-provoking indeed! Sometimes we think we have the best intentions and there can be no wrong if we do it out of love... right? :\ Oops, I guess we need to focus on God's will for his people instead of our own desires above his. Good read, thanks for sharing toots!
    Mich said...
    Wow! I just came visiting from another blog and recieved a blessing. I love it how we can read scripture over and over and God will shed a new light on it every time.

    I loved that! I will be back for sure.

    Your babies are beautiful.
    Andrea said...
    Amen!! We must keep our focus on our Heavenly Father at ALL times!

    Please stop by arise 2 write. I have something there for you. GOD BLESS, andrea

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