Monday, June 11, 2012

Facing Satan in Our Daily Lives - Part 2: Environmental Distractions

What is it about our time alone with God
that makes ‘everything else’ that seems important
come to the forefront of our mind to demand attention?

Have you ever sat down to pray or read your bible,
and then promptly remembered the toilets need cleaning,
the left-overs from the fridge need thrown out,
or the phone call to your auntie has been put off way too long,
so that somehow the time for God is spent on other “things”?

Somehow we get caught up in the supposed urgency of these tasks
and miss out on the important time we need for God.

What if our time with God became ‘urgent’?
Why do these thoughts enter our minds now,
and what makes us believe we cannot put these off until later?
Once again, I believe Satan is trying to influence our mindset.
If he can tell us something else is immediately significant
and we choose to believe it...
then it may be the closest to turning us away from God
that satan can ever hope to win.

He knows our souls belong to God because of the sacrifice of Christ.
But if satan can keep pour focus on something else...
then he wins a small victory by keeping us from growing with God.

We now have over 100 channels to watch on television,
endless websites to search online,
movies, videos, and music to download,
our facebook page to update,
and then... too many other choices of what to do with our time.

As the saying goes,
“If satan cant keep you from being saved by Christ,
then he can keep you too busy to know, and be effective for Him.

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV)
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

How will you choose to use your time today?
Will you find an opportunity for Jesus?

Become disciplined.
Make Christ a priority.
Set aside a regular time with Him each day.
You wont regret how your time was spent!

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