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Nine Ways We Can Win The Battle – Part 8
9/9/2016

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, Nine Ways We Can Win The Battle. 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 nine ways to win the battles against these distractions.  

Again, these distractions and diversions can be based on legitimate needs, wants, and desires. They can be through physical afflictions, or the desire for healthy relationships. They can even come through blessings or doing good things. They can be anything causing us to take 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, which should be 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 being put before God and giving a greater priority is a distraction. Anything causing us to stray in our walk, causing us to disobey His Word, or to compromise our Christ-like actions is a distraction. It can be your relationship with your spouse by putting him or her before God. Or the distraction can come from putting other things and people before our spouse—this includes our wants and desires. 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 others within your life, especially your spouse, children, family, friends, and co-workers.

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 causing you to stumble in your relationship with Him. 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 the 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 my 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)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 7:35, what was Paul’s reason for saying what he said to them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify the areas within your life where the enemy is distracting you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If there is an activity causing a distraction in your walk with God and in your being obedient to Him, then simply 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.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, we thank You for Your Word. I thank You for giving me this teaching on distractions—for showing me how easy it is for my eyes to be taken off of You, and put onto lesser things. Father, forgive me for those times where I have done this willingly. Help me to identify any potential distraction within my life today. Help me to lay them at Your feet. Help me to fix my eyes upon the only object of my faith Lord, which is You. In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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