Satan’s Stumbling Block

Jesus words in Matt 16:23 are extremely sobering:  “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” 

I wonder how often this has been true of me.  What a terrible thought to know I could be used by Satan as a stumbling block to Jesus; but I know it’s happened.  It’s happened because I don’t always set my mind on the things of God.  Sometimes, I’m more worried with what men think than with what God thinks.  Sometimes, I’m more concerned with what I want than with what God wants. 

This is humbling and frustrating because I so want to be used of God.  

I’m thankful for the rest of the story because Peter went on to be used of God in mighty ways!  I’m thankful because God doesn’t give up on me.  I’m thankful that I can confess my sin and receive complete forgiveness.  I’m glad that when I’m repentant, God restores to me the refreshing power that comes from the presence of His Spirit and allows me to be a stepping stone to Jesus.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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