“KEEP YOU HEART FIXED ON GOD”

 
Pastor David C. Franklin
 
September 2, 2022
 
The scriptures in many forms warning and commands instruct us not only to guard our hearts but to keep our mind on God and His treasures which yes are eternal but also provides the grace, love, faith, strength and perseverance to overcome present day enemies, challenges and tribulations.
 
2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the (true knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ.
 
There will always be the traditions of men or even misunderstanding and our own ignorant hearts that may cause us to be double-minded, less effective and walk in unbelief about Christ and His purpose and His accomplishments for mankind. (Mark 7:13; Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:16)
 
James 1:7-8 For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything (at all) from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways (in everything he thinks, feels, or decides).
 
Peter was rebuked strongly by Jesus, but it was appropriate. A moment before, Peter spoke as a messenger of God, then he spoke as a messenger from Satan. Just as Jesus experienced a threat from Satan in the wilderness and rebuked it with the word of God, Jesus immediately recognized the manner in which Peter had spoken in a similar satanic pattern and purpose behind it to discourage Christ from the fulfillment of His ministry of the Cross. Jesus would not allow that spoken word or purpose of it to circumvent His call and ultimate success. This should speak to every believer’s heart as well as there will be people, sometimes well-meaning or circumstances that will try to rob you of God’s light and called purpose. Will you rebuke that false word against you? Would you receive God’s rebuke, or will you reject it?
 
Hebrews 12:5-6 ESV Have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the disciple of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.
 
A few points here that are relative to a believer’s life is like Peter sometimes foolishly or unaware we may say things that line up with Satan’s way of thinking and at other times say things that are consistent with the agreement of God’s word. Sometimes It is often much easier to be a tool for God or the devil then what we want to believe.
 
Jesus loved Peter and just as our good father in heaven who loves us, correction was needed. Jesus exposed how Peter came into this satanic way of thinking. Peter did not make a deliberate choice to reject God and embrace Satan; Peter simply let his mind wander and settle on the things of men (thinking he knew better of Christs’ purpose then Christ) instead of the things of God, and Satan took advantage of it.
 
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober (well balanced and self-disciplined), be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring Lion (fiercely hungry), seeking someone to devour.
 
Peter like many have a propensity to open mouth and insert foot disease. He had a sincere heart but coupled it with a man’s thinking which can often lead to disastrous consequences.
 
Peter was actually rebuking Jesus because He couldn’t see Christ as a suffering servant. Many of the disciples did not fully understand the full course of Jesus purpose and Jesus had to constantly remind them. Peter at this point in Christ ministry only saw Christ as an embodiment of just power and strength. Christ was so much more than just that!
 
Saints our place is always to follow Christ, and not in the way we might chose to see and not to lead Him. He has gone before us and has already made the way when there was no way. Let us be mindful of the leaven of men we can create in our hearts or follow that which might corrupt our thinking and intimacy with Christ.
 
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast (that is committed and focused on you, in both inclination and character), Because he trusts and takes refuge in You (with hope and confident expectation).
May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'Peter took Him aside [to speak to Him privately] and began to reprimand Him, saying, "May God forbid it! This will never happen to You." But Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on things of God, but on things of man." Matthew 16:22-23'