Unsolicited Advice

 
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In Matthew 16:22-23, the plot of Satan was disguised through a disciple and friend speaking.  Peter was essentially trying to convince Jesus not to die on the cross, and therefore not to save humanity; when this is the very purpose of His life on earth! 
 
 
Some of the people closest to us talk us out of what we are suppose to do in our life and if we choose to listen to them, then we might miss our true calling and purpose.  If you get a prompting from God that is bigger than yourself, people are quick to call out how difficult or impossible it is.  They do that out of their well-meaning hearts, thinking it’s their responsibility to counter balance you to a realistic viewpoint.  This also happened with Noah, Moses and Abraham.  
 
 
But note that the revelation of your own life purpose was not made to others.  So they are not going to catch the same exact vision.  God is the One who is speaking to you directly about it.  And if it is a big vision, be assured that you have a big God!  Discern what God wants you to do. Speak to Him about it over and over again, and let Him speak back to you with details, so that you can act with certainty that this is indeed the path He is confirming for you to take. If you are right in the center of His will, He will make a way.  
 
 
There are times when people around you offer confirmation or speak wisdom into your life and affairs, and you should not discount that.  But in the case of this biblical account, Jesus was well in tune with His Father in prayer and know for sure what He is being asked to do. On the other hand, Peter was just too quick to offer a word of advice, based on his short-sighted human understanding.  
 

Do not let anybody talk you out of your purpose.

 
Do not let anybody talk you out of your purpose.  Satan hates people who are living their full potential and are living purposeful lives all for the glory of God.  
 

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” – Matthew 16:22-23 

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Shiela Bernardo volunteers as the Communications Director of GSBC. She is a budget nerd who is keen to stay on track with her family’s goals. She perpetually seeks to demystify how to keep the house clean. She is a business analyst by profession & a self-taught computer programmer. She blogs about family, faith, and finances in her spare time.
 

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