Matthew 16:15-17 – But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

Peter was listening and the Spirit of God revealed to him this powerful truth that the other men had missed. Our natural mind is great for natural things, but is dull when it comes to spiritual understandings. Another way of expressing what Jesus told Peter is, Peter you did not learn this in Sabbath School, but from my Father. In Jesus’ day, even the teachers of God’s Law had missed that He was the long awaited Messiah. Only by the Spirit of God can one know eternal truth. The Lord is eager to speak if we are eager to listen.

Based on Peter’s confession, Jesus begins to share the greater purpose of God with His disciples. He must go to Jerusalem, suffer many things, and be killed. Peter, who had heard clearly from the Father, now pulls Jesus aside, and rebukes him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You” (Matthew 16:22). It is hard to imagine Peter saying “no and Lord” in the same sentence. Satan is always standing ready to deceive us, in order to prevent God’s truth from establishing our ways.

Jesus then rebuked Satan who had inspired Peter to resist the will of God and run interference with God’s eternal purpose in Christ. It is amazing that in such a short time, one moment Peter was in tune with God’s will and soon after, speaks for Satan. This illustrates how easy it is to let our rational mind take over, and let the enemy lead. What Peter said made perfect sense to him, but it was foolishness to God’s purpose.

In the next five devotions, we will discover five hindrances to our hearing the Spirit of the Lord. Ask the Father to help you hear His Spirit better. Ask Him to remove every hindrance. Ask to be protected from Satan and his subtle attempts to distract you from the will of God our Father.

Father, my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will have complete control in my life. Deliver me from all double-mindedness. Please keep me from ever saying no to You, my Lord.