Jesus said to Peter in (Matthew 16:23) “Get away from me, Satan . You are an obstacle in My way, because these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from human nature.” This aligns the true nature of abuser’s intent to block the way of progress for their victim, who like Jesus, was telling His plans for His future to the apostles, but Peter disliked what Jesus was intending to do, (Matthew 16:21, 22) “I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke (reprimand) Him. “God forbid it, Lord!” he said. “That must never happen to you!” This article from Peter to the Son of God, to whom he had declared openly in (Matthew 16:16) “You are the Messiah, the Son of God.” How could he be critical of Jesus’ mission to do what the Father had sent Him to do after seeing what Jesus could do, his faith grew dim at the fear of Jesus’ departure from him, tried to keep Jesus from doing what was His purpose.
As we can see from this encounter of Jesus with Peter’s remarks of trying to control and manipulate Jesus to do against His will, but to accommodate Peter’s needs and remain with them and support and keep up the lifestyle he had become accustomed to with Jesus and the other disciples over the past three years with Jesus teaching and journeying the countryside together with many followers, Peter didn’t like change whatsoever. But thank God, who did forbid what Peter rebuked Jesus for doing, which turned out to be our salvation and Peter’s too, as we learn further along in the Scriptures how when asked if he knew Jesus, Peter disowned Jesus three times, as predicted by Jesus beforehand to him when he claimed his loyalties to Jesus.
We must recognise the human nature’s spirit of Satan at work here in Peter, which denies any loyalty whatsoever when confronted with a fearful situation of making a choice, or choosing to do something out of the ordinary, as Jesus had told them earlier in, (Luke 22:31) “”Simon, Simon! Listen Satan has received permission to test all of you, to separate the good from the bad.” Here in this account of Jesus, we learn about how good must be separated from the bad, and not have agreement with any bad people who demise or want to stagger us from doing what we believe is necessary to do as our responsibility.
We are also under attack as Jesus was, when He was reprimanded by Peter, who had no right to overrule anything Jesus was saying whatsoever.
We are under attack as well of human nature’s lifestyle of rebuking us in whatever task we choose to do without the permission of another person, when they choose to reprimand us from doing what we said we would do for our benefit. If we allow the reprimander, and give in to their demands and not oppose their abusive behavioural qualities lifestyle for us, then we become in agreement, and lose our free will to the tormentor of our free lifestyle Jesus died to give us on the cross at Calvary.
Here is a prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus for being our Messiah, and dying on the cross, and three days later rising from the dead for us to be able to rise from the dead things in our lives of human nature’s intentions to forbid us from doing our free will:
*Lord Jesus, we are truly sorry for our part in “the man-handler’s lifestyle of the abusive behavioural qualities lifestyle,”
We commit our lives into your hands Jesus, and not human nature’s any longer Jesus.
We recommit our lives to you now Jesus, in thanking You for dying on the cross for our sins and redemption from giving up our free will to be abused by the reprimander in our lives.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth is our Saviour and our Lord forever, Amen, and we give You our free will to direct our life into Your ways of truth and freedom of choice to do as You have purposed and designed our life’s purposes for the glory of the Father, and may the Holy Spirit be ever in our decision making with Your Word of Knowledge that we may live the lifestyle pleasing to You alone Jesus, Amen, and we now draw the bloodline of Jesus over the whole lot of obstacles in our way, so be it Lord Jesus to do it!”