“Now Jesus, being turned about and perceiving His disciples, rebukes Peter and is saying, “Go behind Me, satan! for you are not disposed to that which is of God but that which is of men.”
Peter certainly meant well, but here, he was clueless and sinning. This shows how subtly Satan works…..making us think what we say or do is perfectly right when, in fact, it can actually be directly opposed to God. This reinforces the truth that we MUST be looking to God and Christ at ALL times, yearning with our spirit that They will not let us be snared by the ways of the Adversary.
I remember reading in one of William Law’s books ( I can’t recall which….maybe it was THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT) that we receive our motivation and influence DIRECTLY and INTERNALLY from ONE of just 3 sources: God and Christ, our own selves or Satan and his demons (other humans cannot directly gain access into our being but can only address us from without). Now this is scary! Certainly we cannot be trusted to rely on our own logic or judgment but in the most basic of human ways; and, avoiding the influence of Satan and the demons is a given. The obvious choice then is God and Christ.
Mr. Law’s remedy was to consciously look to God and Christ each moment for Them to show us what to do and say. This sounds radical but it is so true. Paul tells us we need to reach the point where we bring “EVERY THOUGHT” into the obedience of Christ Jesus …2 Corinthians 10:5. This was the one common thread among all the ‘mystics’ that I read about: that regardless of their denomination…..they looked to God and Christ continuously, without ceasing…literally, moment by moment. Mr. Law is said to have also reached this disposition , and describes it as too wonderful for words to convey (paraphrasing).
The mystics were those who reached that ‘union’ with God and Christ whereby they experienced Their presence with them pretty much all the time….many having visions, others… indescribable revelations of the nature of God and so on. Actually, all Christians should be mystics, ideally.
Until later, take care.
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