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Who Is Hindering Us From Obeying The Truth? 10

Who Is Hindering Us From Obeying The Truth?  Part 10
Identifying & Overcoming Distractions

And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. 1 Corinthians 7:35 (NKJV)

We have been looking at a devotional series titled, Who Is Hindering Us From Obeying The Truth?  We have looked at a couple of common ways Satan attacks believers.  We have seen how we can be hindered in our walk when we fall for his lie to believe we must somehow earn our salvation.  And we have looked at how Satan will deceive and distract us into taking our eyes off of Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  We then looked at 9-ways to win the war against these distractions.   

Again, these distractions and diversions can be based on legitimate needs, wants and desires. They can be through physical afflictions, including mental illness, and various diseases.   They can even come through blessings or doing good things. They can be anything that takes our eyes off of God, and His will for our life.

Distractions are caused when we fail to pay attention, or we have a lack of interest in the object of our attention.  They can occur when we have a greater attractiveness to something other than our object of attention; God.  They can occur, externally through our five senses, or internally through our thought life and emotions through the temptation to fantasize, or to fear.  

We need to look at everything as a possible distraction, and we need to keep everything in balance.  Anything that is being put before God and given a greater priority is a distraction. Anything causing us to stray in our walk; causing us to not obey His Word, or to compromise in our Christ-like actions is a distraction. It can be your relationship with your spouse--putting him or her before God.  We need to make it a point today to put God first.  When you give God His rightful place within your life, you will automatically be a better person to your spouse.

The first step in overcoming any distraction is identifying it.  I want to ask you today to seek the Lord and to lay down anything that is causing you to stumble in your relationship with Him.

If it is something such as a sport or recreation activity, then be willing to lay it down or even walk away from it.  If you find it consuming your life, or find your identity in it, rather than God, then repent and turn to God.  When we get out of balance with the things distracting us, we need to know this is not God's plan for our life.

When Paul asked the Galatians the question, "Who hindered you from obeying the truth?" (Gal. 5:17), he was asking a rhetorical question--he wasn't looking for them to provide a person's name.  The answer was obvious--it was them.  And it is the same for us; we too, are the only ones who can hinder ourselves from obeying what we know to be right--from obeying God.

Remember, We can't change the past--but we can change the future--and that future starts right now.  We need to start by answering a question.

Q:    Am I willing to come in agreement with God's plan for our life?  Every aspect of it?

If the answer is Yes, then we need to seek Him in prayer and cry out to Him for healing with a repentive, humble heart.  We need to speak those same words we see Paul speaking to the Philippians.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

Let's just pray together today,

Father, we thank You for Your Word.  We thank You for giving us this teaching on distractions--for showing us how easy it is for our eyes to be taken off of You, and put onto lesser things.  Father, forgive us for those times where we have done this willingly.  Help us to identify any potential distraction within our lives today.  Help us to lay them at Your feet.  Help us to fix our eyes upon the only object of our faith Lord, which is You.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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