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August 12, 2018

Our Real Enemy…

Sunday Morning Podcast Aug 12, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: MATTHEW 16:21-25 

21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew 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.

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Jesus foretold to His disciples, what was to be His upcoming life sentence of suffering and death.  But Peter in his emotional denial, tried to correct Jesus for this alarming, and dreadful news.  Peter was speaking to his own personal fear, and not what was needed most.  Jesus didn’t need or want protection from what He needed to face for all mankind.  Of course Jesus’s humanly, would have liked to avoid this coming dreadful agony.  Ultimately Jesus needed Peter to accept, be close, and stand by Him.  To be supportive.   He recognized that Peter wasn’t actually the enemy.  When He turned to rebuke Peter, He didn’t actually name out and condemn Peter, but spoke directly to Satan (“Get thee behind me, Satan:”), who was trying to use Peter’s weak humanity to deny the purpose Jesus had come for.  It might seem like he got “demoted” by reading verse 23 when Jesus spoke directly at him, but of course Jesus was speaking to the enemy of Peter’s soul.  And Jesus is likewise speaking to all of our souls, in the same manner.  Because He cares and wants us to stay close to Him.  The message here is to “locate” Satan, so we can be aware, and enjoy Jesus’s hope and help for all of us.  Don’t let Satan accuse you in a need to be corrected, but realize Jesus is reaching out in love to help us be focused on Him.  When we draw nigh or are focused on God, we open the door for Him to draw nigh and help us.  “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…..”  James 4:8.  It’s one thing to know who your enemy is, but another to also know who your refuge is.  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalms 46:1     

The message is to “locate” Satan.  When we locate or recognize the problem as Satan, we no longer have to be negatively impacted by a hurt, slight of a person, or etc.  For the enemy of our soul, will always be Satan, ..alone.  Not someone or something, but only Satan.  That’s what the devil was created for (“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7).  Satan was created to be a test to us, to see whether we love God above all, and to then overcome for victory in Jesus.  For Peter to feel bold enough to “correct” Jesus, …meant he was momentarily lifted up in self.  So the key here for Peter, and for all of us, is to be and stay humble, to keep our connection with Jesus, and to then have His help, by drawing nigh to Him.  For Satan wants you to think your problem is in another person and, or, something.  Satan also wants you to believe God is far away, even though He is close.  It is then that he can distance you from being focused on humility, and your help being in Jesus.  For Satan’s desire is to destroy your character and reputation.

Satan Is Your Real Enemy….