Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

I said to myself, “My mind is made up. It is going to be done the way I want it done and there is not going to be any other discussion!” This is a common phrase. You might have heard your parents say it. You might have said it to your own child or even to a spouse, friend or coworker. Amazing how our minds just get made up!

Peter’s mind did the same thing. It got made up. His mind was determined to not let Jesus fulfill what Jesus came to do…go to Jerusalem and die on a cross. He did it because he loved Jesus and didn’t want to see him die. Jesus is quick to rebuke him and tell him he has his mind set on the things of men and not on that of heaven.

You know something, a lot of bad things happen when we get our mind made up instead of leaving our mind open. A lot of fights continue to be fights. A lot of hurt continues to be hurt all because we get our mind focused on what we want and not what Christ wants.

So today practice a couple of things.

  1. If you think you are right see what the Bible says. Look it up! If you get your mind dead set on something see what God says about it before you do anything. For some that means you need to carry around a pocket Bible. For others it just means they might need to get involved in a Bible study or small group. For some it just means reading daily. Whatever it is, check it out. God’s Word is the only truth we need.
  2. Take a deep breath. Peter was quick to make decisions. They were often wrong. He jumped before he looked. So take a deep breath when you are about to make a big decision. Don’t be hasty. Don’t be rushed. Let the Holy Spirit do its work in your life.
  3. Pray. This is huge. Just pray. Invite God to make the decision for you. Let God’s mind be yours and when you do amazing things will happen.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste as the old saying goes. Don’t waste yours today, but instead let it remain open, focused and teachable. Let your mind be filled with the thing of heaven instead of the things of this world. When you do I know you will always make the right choice.

Love you all,

Rev. Jim

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