He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:31-33 NIV
Many times our Lord faced scorn and ridicule from the Scribes, Pharisees, and teachers of the law. This rebuke came from one of His own, the one who would be the leader of the disciples. Jesus knew that Satan was playing with Peter’s mind, and thus rebuked Perter and said for Satan to get behind Him. Satan is only concerned about the worldly, as those who follow worldly things cannot serve God.
Does Satan play with our minds? If one is an unbeliever, Satan has already won this one to his side and thus does not need to focus on such as these. But those of us who are Christians most assuredly are attacked by the devil. He is very cunning and can easily deceive us in our pursuit of God’s will. When thoughts begin to turn away for that which God wants of us, we should rebuke the devil through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Don’t for even a second believe you can handle the matter on your own. Don’t be foolish. Ask the indwelling Spirit of God to cast the devil aside. Have the Spirit lead you in the ways of the Lord. Only through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit can we overcome the temptations placed before us by the devil. The Holy Spirit was sent to be our guide in serving the Lord. Let Him guide you in the Lord’s ways.