THEME: THINGS OF GOD
“But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
-Jesus bluntly rebukes Peter telling him, “You are setting your mind not on things of God but on things of men.” There are two contexts for this rebuke: one is the particular circumstance in which Peter himself rebukes Jesus for revealing his passion; and the other is the general human reality in which people struggle to understand the division of human things and divine things. Peter was not looking at the Messiah from God’s point of view as much as he discerned correctly that Jesus was the Messiah, but was probably thinking of Him as a political leader who would deliver the Jews from Roman subjugation. For Peter, it was inconceivable that the Messiah should suffer even though the Old Testament said He would. Whatever things Peter’s mind conjured, it probably did not involve denying himself and taking up his cross to follow Jesus or losing his life for the Gospel. He could not fathom the realities of God’s salvation plan to save mankind from sin causing eternal condemnation. Jesus offers us the things of God, the things in which we save our lives by losing them and build a kingdom whose divine power is evident. God tells us to put to death whatever belongs to the earthly nature including; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry for His wrath is coming because of these things (Col 3:2-6). God’s thoughts are higher that our thoughts and His ways higher than our ways. We are called to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness this whole year and all other things He will add unto us. Sometime we forget to look at the things of God but seek after the things of men. The word of enlightens us of the formula that if we set our minds on the things above, He will accomplish our hearts desires according to His divine will.
We wait on You Lord in our going our and our coming in; guide us in all things we humbly ask You. Create in us clean hearts Oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Forgive us all our sins Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Go before us Lord and make all the crooked paths straight for You are our Savior and Lord. We declare that no evil plans fashioned against us shall prosper in Your name Jesus. Take control of our lives, plans, hearts desires, homes, families, finances, businesses, careers, marriages, relationships, leadership, nation and the entire world for You have obtained victory for us in all things. By Your mercy we have obtained mercy Jesus, by Your love we have obtained love merciful Father, by Your peace we have obtained peace Lord, all the glory and praise belongs to You. This year we will not struggle with health, finances, morality, relationships, governance, corruption, war and other challenges because You have provided a way for us in the waters so that we may cross over and be at rest like the Israelites did. Nothing is too hard for You Lord, make a way for us where there seems to be no way. Help us Holy Spirit to focus on the things above which are everlasting and not rely on the things of men which are fleeting. All glory, honor, power, praise and salvation belong to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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