Matthew 16:21-24 

“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”


Jesus had a strong bond and friendship with each of the twelve disciples; however, Simon Peter was the one that Jesus communicated with in the most unexpected and personal way. It became clear in the life of Peter that God could do more with the weakest fishermen, who had a revelation of Christ, than He could with the most religious leaders of the day.


When Jesus prophesied about His death and resurrection, Peter responded too hastily without thinking, as many of us do, and didn’t understand what he said. Imagine how Peter must have felt when Jesus rebuked him. Yet, Jesus understood that Peter did not comprehend what he was talking about.


Many times we can fail to know the situation and speak too quickly. The Lord works in mysterious ways and we must be sensitive to how the Lord will operate in situations in our lives, our families, church families, and friends lives as well. We must be mindful of satan influencing us as Believers and always seek the Lord.


Let us always seek those things which be of God and not speak or act too quickly in the situations we face. The Lord could be doing a greater work than what we are not aware of.


54-0516 - "Questions And Answers (Law Having A Shadow)"
3 And the people really… I've found this around the world, if you'll be absolutely straight and sincere, the people appreciate you more. Uh-huh. Just lay it right down. Jesus, He—He loved the people. He even gave His Life there for those Pharisees that were crucifying Him. And He prayed for their forgiveness, but yet He said, "You generation of vipers, snakes in the grass," and so forth like that. He wasn't exactly talking to the being, the human being. It was a spirit. I look at Peter coming behind Him, said, "O Lord, You can't do that." He turned around, said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art always an offense to me." He wasn't speaking to the apostle. It was… He was the fountain of Truth, and it was a spirit that was on that apostle that was making him say that, you see. See? He wasn't speaking to Peter. He loved him, see, He loved him and knowed he was to be the head of the church at Jerusalem. But He—He wasn't going to speak back to Peter. He was speaking to the spirit that was causing Peter to hinder the Works of God. You get it?