Imagine your heart wanting to protect Jesus.
You’ve been with him for so long now. You know, love and treasure Him. He is God. Jesus cannot be harmed by common men who aren’t God. You must protect Him. You must keep Him from harm. He must remain with you.
You pull Jesus aside to address his comment that He must suffer. You say, “Jesus, far be it with you. This will never happen with you.”
You’re only trying to help. You’re only trying to save Him. You’re only trying to preserve Him from harm.
Jesus replies to you, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (Mt. 16:23)
You were a stumbling block. Why?
You had good intentions, but you injected yourself where you weren’t invited to intervene.
The plan was owned by Father & Son , not Father & Son + disciple.
We can do the same thing in the lives of those we love. The plan is between Father & son or Father & daughter. Yet, we weasel our way right in, saying, “Nope this right here is about Father & Son + me + my opinions + my fear!” We take out our chisel and crack into God’s good plan. Woe to us who break what God is building in others.
We often break God’s good plan in others when we:
1. Tell people what to do.
2. Decide how people should think.
3. Instruct people based on our opinions.
4. Try to run in and fix bad situations.
5. Demand others think well of us.
6. Rescue people from their feelings of sadness, loneliness, etc.
7. Excuse away people’s issues, rather then letting them confront them.
I assure you: when a lesson is delivered by us, it’s forgettable. But delivered by God, it is unforgettable, undeniable and unbelievably life-changing.
Let’s make room for what God is doing. He has things handled.
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Fresh word, Kelly. We often talk in Christiandom about being Jesus with skin to others. Yet, we forget sometimes we may be the enemy with skin…in how we act and what we say in breaking God’s plan. And our plans and opinions are forgettable. Blessings!
This is amazing. It definitely has me asking myself the question, do I do this? Yes I do. I do it out of love, but not thinking how I am getting in God’s way. Creating a confusion. Making clanging and clatter, so it is hard for the person to hear their Heavenly Father’s voice. I’m sorry Father. Help ME to hear your voice and not get in your way while helping others. In Jesus name, amen?
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I realized God didn’t need my help. I was trying to fix things only He could. it’s not my assignment.
I tend to be a fixer, so your list here is convicting! Thanks for the practical wisdom here!
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I agree Kelly, God had shown this to me years ago, being a professional counselor, gives us a tendency to try & “people rescue” our own families & friends…but we cannot be the rescuers…otherwise we take the place of God in their lives & that is absolutely not okay!
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Yes he does have it handled. Thank you for the reminder. laurensparks.net