Do your phrases trigger others to journey? – (Matthew 16:23) – Your each day Bible verse
Do your words cause others to trip?
by Lynette Kittle
Jesus turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block for me; They do not have God's concerns in mind, only human concerns. ”- Matthew 16:23.
If you were Peter, how would you feel if Jesus turned to you and said what He said to him in Matthew 16:23?
If any of the twelve apostles could be a mouthpiece for Satan, does it cause you to consider the possibility that the wicked one is trying to speak to others through your words too?
But perhaps you would not have been brave enough to take Jesus aside and blame him for speaking of his impending death and resurrection and saying, “Never, Lord! This will never happen to you! "(Matthew 16:22)
Of course, Jesus really did address Satan, who was behind Peter's words, but still. Knowing who had an impact on what came out of his mouth must have been hard for Peter to swallow.
As with Peter, it is so easy to believe that an idea or thought is your own without realizing how your soul's enemy is affecting others through what you are saying. Like most Christians, it is easy to be naive the way Satan tries to discourage God's will in another person's life or in some way trip him by the mouth.
However, Peter's example shows how it can also happen to those who have a personal, close relationship with Jesus.
Most may think that it is so obvious to see Satan's conspiracies, but Scripture describes the evil one disguising himself and says, "And no wonder, for Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11: 14).
Just as Peter's words might only come across as a concerned friend trying to reassure Jesus of talking about an impending death and resurrection, you might feel that you are only helpful in advising friends. In reality, you may not be aware of how the enemy is working during your conversation to motivate someone to stumble away from the will of God.
If you're trying to steer a family member, friend, or coworker away from something you believe is not on the right track in their life and have the best of intentions to encourage them in the right direction, you might be them unwittingly pointing to the will of man rather than God's will.
Scripture warns you, “Let us therefore stop judging one another. Instead, choose not to put a stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister ”- Romans 14:13.
So how do you keep your words from becoming a stumbling block? At 1 John 2:10 it says: "Everyone who loves his brother and sister lives in the light, and nothing in them can trip them."
One key to preventing you from becoming a stumbling block is to abide in the light of Christ by staying in prayer and obeying His word.
As you do this, 2 Thessalonians 3: 3 says that the Lord is faithful and will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Lynette Kittle is married and has four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today's Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, and others. She holds an M.A. in Communication from Regent University and is an Associate Producer for Soul Check TV.
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