SPF 244: Three Ways we Set Our Minds on the Things of God (and not on the Things of Man)

When we set our minds on the things of men, there will be stumbling. Jesus confronts Peter about this very thing in Matthew 16 telling him he is a hindrance to him for he has his mind set not on the things of God but on the things of men. Today I am sharing three ways we can prove faithful in setting our minds on the things of God.

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Set Your mind on the Things of God

Matthew 16:21-23

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he 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.”

  1. Remember our eternal hope before us.

  2. Submit your expectations and plans to the Lord.

  3. Be aware of the voice of Satan and know your Shepherd’s voice.

Peter had this beautiful moment of faith and the next moment he is being a hindrance to the Lord and Jesus is calling him Satan.

Can we relate?

Epic highs … epic lows.

How do we not stay discouraged when we have these moments? Either no faith or we sin or we get angry at God or forget him…

The goodness of Christ in us is this:

Just as there was evening and morning in the beginning, God called the whole thing day. The two together are called by the name that is given to light alone.

Charles Spurgeon gleaned that gem right out of Genesis.

it’s a picture of our spiritual experience as Christian’s.

Spurgeon said:

In every believer there is darkness and light, and yet he is not to be named a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is to be named a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness. This will be a most comforting thought to those who are mourning their infirmities, and who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me?” Yes; for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy as you will be soon. You are called the child of light, though there is darkness in you still. You are named after what is the predominating quality in the sight of God, which will one day be the only principle remaining.


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