Sunday, June 27, 2021
So How is that working for you? Still in the land of Denial?
So how is that working for you? Still in the land of denial?
God had me write about distractions. About how it's perhaps the biggest tool of Satan.
Of the excuses we come up with.
Notice any that you're using?
"It can wait til later."
"I'll get to it."
"I deserve to get some extra rest. After all I've earned it."
"Oh, I need to just get away from everything and everyone."
"Just not enough time in my day."
We really don't need much help in this area. Books, television shows and movies twist and distorting our thinking on levels we don't know how to perceive.
It takes a lot of effort to take every thought captive. But that's what the Bible says to do.
We can have circular arguments in our heads with people who have no clue what did or didn't happen. That too is an intended distraction by either your sin nature or Satan's minions or both.
We can waste time trying to find some truth in something bothering us in order to let it go, even though the Spirit is already saying what we need to do.
There does come a time when the Spirit will get silent after gently trying to teach us God’s truth. Repeated attempts He makes until we are given over to learning or relearning the lesson all over again.
"I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. So they do it to obtain a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way as not to run aimlessly; I box in such a way, as to avoid hitting air; but I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified." 2 Corinthians 9:23-27
Are you a slave to your body or are you making your body yours?
These last 3 months have been excruciating for me. I have had to embark on a change of eating. If I wanted to avoid taking more pills to was necessary.
The cravings are distractions. Sights and smells are distractions. Forcing my body to obey my mind isn't easy. 2 Corinthians 9 is what keeps coming to mind.
Most don't of some of my, shall we say, food allergies. I can honestly say that in at least that on some level I learned denial to my bodies desires long ago. I am just looking forward to eating what I want in Heaven. This diet is an expansion of that.
To remove excuses means getting real with you. Stop trying to craft "white lies" to fit your bodies wants and desires. There are no white lies. A lie is a lie in God's eyes and according to the Word of God.
The worst kind of deception is not what you perpetrate on others it's what you do to yourself.
"I can't do that."
"I am not able to..."
"I need me time..."
The problems in this society in which we live have all their roots in sin. You can't conquer sin without the power of God. Evil people are living their lives ruled by their sin. Statistics prove that when a society grows closer to God, all forms of sin decrease. True happiness and prosperity are that result. Peace and security is possible. Thinking good thoughts does nothing because on your own you cannot maintain it!
You will be distracted.
Have you at all stopped to read your Bible this day? No? Hmm...think on that.
Have you at all stopped to pray when out of the blue you think about someone you hadn't in a while? That was an assignment by the Spirit, did you shrug it off because of a distraction?
If you are wanting a world that is more peaceful, less stressful, you need to start with you.
Start living 2 Corinthians 9.