Devotional 7/3

even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will; Ephesians 1:4-5

Say  “NO” to distraction, so that you can say yes to your God ordained destiny.

Sometimes I feel bad, because people with no goals bore me. I listen to people talk about wanting a partner, and even through I want my man, I cannot hear about it or talk about it all day. I focus my mind on so many more things, usually in bettering myself and counting inventory on the things I am grateful for. Why? I work on bettering myself every day, because I believe in my Self. I have goals, and I know where I am headed; I know I need the attitude and character to go with my vision. It’s like going to a job interview, you can have the perfect answers but if you look a mess, I highly doubt you would get hired. Or like going to school and getting your Master’s, getting a job and losing it because you cannot make it on time. I also count inventory, because I noticed that people who do not have God, are happy; so how could I live my life claiming to be Christian, yet be unhappy?

I have noticed with all the people I’ve dealt with, that we are all so very different, but we are so alike too. Some of my greatest annoyances, are being who are self absorbed. Nothing else exists except for them, I know this has a lot to do with maturity, but some people do not “grow up” except life humbles them. i like when people help, and look to help: but again we are human, and we are very self-focused. This is very risky, because it can lead to pride or arrogance, but that’s a whole other subject. When we are focused on ourselves, we have a weakness to have entitlement issues. Entitlement is the belief that you deserve something from others, God or life. This is a big problem having to do with expectations. And as I’ve written before expectations, lead to disappointment. This is Satan keeping you distracted, as he works up a plot. God wants us to focus on helping other people, not ourselves.

As I said earlier, I can not talk about wanting a man too long because it starts making me sick. But of course I go there! I noticed, we take a lot of time thinking about a future spouse, a current lover or crush, and we wrestle between giving God time or giving our interest time. I also noticed speaking to other people in the faith, that we like to get lost in fantasy worlds, pornography, sexual or romantic music and movies. The desire to get married is a huge distraction from God and what He is trying to do in our lives!! Without knowing so, we abort or prolong God’s timetable. And this is why I do not like to talk about the subject, I do not want to push back my own blessings, or not be ready for my appointed times.  Above all things, I want God’s purpose in calling me, to manifest not to be hindered. We like to be entertained, and some people cannot do it for themselves. Some people cannot be alone without getting sad, or feeling roller coasters of emotions. Music, TV, movies, books, Social Media, all provide escape for us from daily life. It’s all good to desire fun, adventure and entertainment, but there is also a time for everything. We have to be balanced with everything, because extremes are for fools. Obsessions on things, are not healthy because they develop habits in us that seem like nothing. As I told my youth class the other day, we frown over coke heads fiending over cocaine, but nobody is saying anything with the Instagram and Snapchat obsessions.

 entertainment gets in the way of our faith, it becomes a spiritual distraction. We need to prioritize what’s the most important. Should we go see that movie or go to church? If we’re choosing entertainment over God, we have given into our distractions. I’m a little feisty, I know, but I like to tell the truth. Another crazy thing, I see is that people spend money on useless things, then complain to have no money- or to be in debt. I also think this has to do with maturity, even through some may disagree. It’s important that we learn that there is a difference between need and want. Have you noticed a pattern here, these are all desire related.

  • Gratification: pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.

Sometimes it is work, or school, or responsibilities with family or ministry which distract us and lead us away from God. Other times it’s our emotions, and their randomness. We need to manage our time and emotions better, spiritual neglect is mostly caused by poor time management! And when we are serving God, we need to be doing it with Him as audience, and director because otherwise we can become workaholics; and resent others for not working as hard as us. Can you believe that. We have to be honest with ourselves, and search our hearts for intention. Do we serve God because we love Him? Or because we were told we would no longer suffer? Or maybe because you want to avoid hell? Or maybe you felt good one day and kept coming back to feel that good feeling?

Even if any of these is you, God knew that you would hear His voice, and you would follow. You are not a Christian by mistake, He called you- but are you making yourself chosen? 

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for your perfect will of which we may not completely understand or even fully grasp. I simply pray that you would align us to your will, in our spirit, soul, and in our will. May you take away all distractions, and give us discernment to see when something is a distraction or even a possible candidate. May our self control be applied, and may our flesh be denied. In Jesus name, Amen.

You are not a Christian by mistake, He called you- but are you making yourself chosen? 


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