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Your Mind – Facilitator or Hindrance?


Matthew 16:22b-23 Peter said, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”


Harsh as it may sound, each of us is equally as susceptible as Peter in having a saved heart but pagan mind.


In the context of this verse, what sounded like a genuine concern and a love for Jesus from Peter’s perspective was read by Jesus through the lenses of “the things of God”. And Jesus saw Peter’s thoughts as a hindrance to the accomplishment of God’s will.


The original Greek word for the phrase translated as “setting your mind” is “phroneo”, which means to “take mental predisposition”. This spells out the criticality of a child of God in having a renewed mind.


What is your “phroneo” (mental disposition) when it comes to the things of God? In other words, how are you thinking? It is when we settle the “how” that the “what” comes naturally.


Is your “phroneo” hindering or facilitating the advancement of His kingdom? Act swiftly to “take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5)” because your effectiveness in doing His will depends it!


As we embark on this journey of knowing “I AM”, let us prepare our heart and minds to really know God.


There's a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him. J.I. Packer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:05

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