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.”
It’s a timeless truth that if you are not serving the Lord, you are serving Satan, whether you know it or not. Words uttered with the most loving intent, if not aligned with the will of God, serve only to hinder despite how good they may sound. Peter loved Jesus, and upon hearing that He was to die on the cross, he rebuked Jesus openly.
Here Jesus was again tempted as He was in the wilderness, being offered the crown without the agony of the cross if only He would turn away from the will of God. Peter unknowingly offered the same temptation that Satan had offered because he was not mindful of the will of God in that moment. He allowed his heart and his emotions to speak, a mistake we’ve all made at one point in our lives.
The schemes of the enemy are not always readily apparent, so we must remain watchful and vigilant. Far too many Christians today are walking about in a haze, lazy in their walk and open to the deception of the enemy. It’s easy to identify the attacks of the enemy when he has the appearance of the enemy, but how painful and deceptive it is when the attacks and temptations come through the mouth of those closest to you!
This cuts me to the heart, some of the most painful attacks I’ve endured have come from the mouths of those I love most, wounds that would have crippled me if not for the Lord’s strength to carry me further. And how often have I been the one to speak such things? It grieves me to think about! Be watchful, for the enemy prowls like a lion (1 Pet. 5:8). Be vigilant, for we do not know the day or hour that the Lord may come.
And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!