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Gods Point Of View
Matthew 16:21-26 NLT “From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. 22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Sometimes it seems that our flesh prevents us from seeing God’s will in our lives. All we see is what we want in the natural realm, and we fail to see what God wants for us in the spiritual realm. We need to understand that the flesh is weak and does not desire to endure any hardship at all, but our spirits are ready and willing to endure what ever comes that we may draw closer to God. It is when we are in the midst of a trial that we are tempted to forget or ignore what God wants in our lives, instead we seek the quickest resolution to the trial possible, in order to end our suffering. Jesus told us in Matthew 26:4, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We must look past our weakness and find strength in the Lord to endure. 2 Timothy 2:1-4 says, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness , as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” We must realize that we don’t think the same way God thinks and we don’t see things the way He sees them. Isaiah 55:7-13 tells us, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” God knows what He has planned for us (Jeremiah 29:11). “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose.” [Romans 8:28]. So when you are tempted to find the quickest way out of a trial, pray and ask God to help you discover the good thing He has for you in that trial. Just try to see things from God’s Point of View. Amen!
For more devotional reading, written by Pastor Tracy, please visit the Pastor's Page Archive.