Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Get behind me Satan!” Peter was not Satan but his words amounted to a spiritual/satanic attack on God’s will for Jesus. Peter’s statement to Jesus was critical in spirit. I sat back and meditated over those words for a moment. Just because someone walks with the Lord does not mean that every word that escapes his or her mouth is of the Lord. What a revelation! How many times had I questioned myself about what I felt God was putting on my heart because a “pastor” said it? WAY TOO MANY. I am not alone. I discovered there are many who doubt God because someone “of the faith” has told them differently. Satan can and WILL use fellow believers to discourage us. Every believer is guilty of sin. Every believer is capable of speaking from a prideful place that is not of God. WOW. Read that paragraph again. Take it in. Ponder it. People are not God. Not every word that escapes from the mouth of someone is necessarily a “word from God.”
Once I accepted this as truth, the healing process began. I realized that in order to deal with the pain, I needed to avoid any source that brings discouragement, condemnation or accusation in order to heal. I had to choose to hold fast to Truth and stand firm choosing not to fight. Instead, I had to avoid the discouragers and allow God ultimately to be my defender.