Unsatisfied!

1 12 2012

fallen angelWe have begun a series called, Who is the devil really? Last time we learned the devil is a world influencer, not a world changer and today we are going to look at why.

“But when Jesus turned and saw the disciples, he corrected Peter. He said to him, ‘Satan, get away from me! You are thinking like everyone else and not like God.'”

Mark 8:33

Have you ever wondered why Jesus said this to Peter. Yes he was correcting him, and this statement startled everyone then as it still does today. Taking a second look at this statement we understand something about the devil which is often missed.

Peter didn’t like who God created Jesus to be and like the devil who didn’t like who he was created to be (notJesus with peter satisfied with being the top angel). The devil’s ambitions got the best of him and sin entered into his being. That is why the devil was the first to sin and as such was thrown down from heaven. Now he wants you and I to lose our place in heaven as well.

The devil has one goal, because he was unsatisfied –  to build a greater kingdom than God.

He does this by testing (tempting) us, Jesus said in Luke 22:31, “the devil has demanded the right to test each one of you” and he is still demanding that right today. These moments of testing can destroy us, or they can make the man Simon into Peter, the Rock of the Church.

We don’t understand why the devil was not destroyed, but in a sinful and dangerous way the devil is still accomplishing God’s plans and purposes for his creation. Therefore we must have faith which overcomes fear and temptation, allowing God’s perfect plans and purposes to be accomplished both in our lives and the world around us.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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