Where is your mind? (Matthew 16)

.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance[f] to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:23

Our first Sunday in Malawi has come and gone.  In the process we visited two village churches where over a hundred people responded to the gospel.  Each service was filled with worship, testimonies, words of kindness, and powerful Spirit-filled teaching.

Our evening service was in a very remote village where the bus could not make it all the way to the church.  We walked only a short distance.  Once there the people were waiting with such great zeal as these white Americans were coming to their village.  As I smiled with the people, kicked a worn out soccer ball with the kids, and participated in worship I felt the strong sense that the people were about to worship us instead of God.  Thankfully we were able to lift up the one true God.

Question: “where is your mind this day?”

Jesus is now locked into where the heavenly Father’s path is taking Him. He is on His journey to the cross.  His followers hear him say, “I must go to the cross…” 16:21. One of His followers, Peter takes Him aside and asks, “Where is your mind?”  Jesus responds to Peter, “Where is your mind?”  Peter was not mindful of God’s work but of His own will.

Brothers and sisters, be very careful as you begin this week.  God’s mind for your life could run directly in the opposite direction from where you mind is today.

God has called us to have a mind that does the following:

  • Deny’s our way of thinking and embraces His way of living, Matthew 16:24-29.
  • Lifts up Christ as the only True God, Matthew 16:13-20.
  • Is willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, Matthew 16:24.
  • Pays attention to storms as knowing where they really are coming from, Matthew 16:1-4.

As we begin a new day in Malawi, I want my mind to be in line with His mind. I pray the same for you!!!

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