How can a God-focused person do Satans work? First, acknowledge such happens. Peter was a God-focused person. However, if Jesus called Peter Satan, at that moment in that act, Peter did Satans work. Second, note Peter did not know he did Satans work. He was certain he did Gods work! When Peter told Jesus, This will never happen to you, he affirmed a loyalty that furthered Gods objectives (he thought). Third, note Peter actually opposed Gods purposes when he was certain that he assured the accomplishment of Gods purposes. He was certain his affirmation of loyalty in this manner was encouraging!
The point is this: when a human confuses personal desires with Gods objectives, he/she will do Satans work believing he/she is doing Gods work. Exchanging human desires for Gods objectives is spiritually deadly! For example, was it good to be committed to Jesus continuing physical life? Peter thought so! What was Gods objective? Jesus humiliating death and glorious resurrection! What was Jesus physical desire? To live! Read Matthew 26:37-39.
Jesus did not want suffering, but he surrendered to Gods purposes. Did Peters affirmation of loyalty encourage Jesus surrender? No! So who was Peter helpingGods purpose or Satans discouragement? Here Peter worked for Satan not God!
How did that happen? Peter wanted Jesus to be Israels physical king. He wanted first-century Israel to be an independent power in world politics. He wanted to serve in Jesus administration. None of that could happen if Jesus died!
God had something better in minda universal Savior who extended forgiveness to all! However, for that to be, Jesus had to die. What seemed good to Peter was disastrous to Gods purpose. Human desires were not Gods purpose! What made sense to Peter powerfully discouraged Jesus! Human desires destroyed Gods objective!
Do you surrender to God or try to manipulate God? Do your wants oppose God?
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