Matthew 16:23 “But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.’” ESV
I met an effective evangelist, and he shared how God completely set him free from alcohol addiction. I asked him, “What’s your best application of how God did this?”
“If you still struggle with something, that means you still like it or have something that you love about it. It’s like this, I hate peas. You’ll never see them on my plate or in my pantry. They never even make the grocery list, because I hate peas. But what’s on my plate and in my pantry is what I put on the grocery list of what I believe will satisfy me. Same applies spiritually.
“You need to ask God for a holy hatred of sin, and fill your life with satisfaction in the will of God. Make God’s will your daily bread and feast on the presence of God, and have a good relationship with God because Christ died to make that your satisfaction in life. And don’t let those things that cause you to sin even make the grocery list.
“If you really want the truth to set you free (John 8:31-32), you must get righteously angry with sin, have God’s hatred for the sin, and have a ‘Get behind me Satan’ mentality with anything that would get between you and your relationship with God. If it’s liquor, don’t go to liquor stores. If it’s food addiction, don’t go to buffets. If it’s gossip, don’t join a sewing circle. ”
If you’re struggling with a sin, you need to see it as a “Satan.” Satan means adversary, and anything putting your will against the will of God is a Satan. Jesus exemplified this with Peter; He labeled the Satan, and stayed on God’s path.
Aaron F. Jeffers, a freelance writer, pastor, chaplain, and speaker, currently works with hurting children in residential facilities. If you or your group or church would like to book Aaron for a conference or speaking engagement, contact him at www.freetoliveministries.org/.