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September 14, 2016, 8:46 AM

Don't be distracted...

"But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough." - 2 Cor. 11:3-4 (NIV 2011)

Oh, how easily we are distracted by life.  It seems none of us are immune from this.  Our cause for distraction may be different, but, really, we all have the same end result...distraction. As I was reading my devotional this morning (which included 2 Cor. 11:3) I received 3 texts and thought of at least 3 things that I needed to add to my "to do" list just for today.  Needless to say, distraction is an issue for me if not for anyone else.  I found it ironic to be reading THIS passage.

As it often does, my devotional time flowed over into a deeper look into the scripture surrounding the passage given to me for that day.  As I looked at the context of v.3, I noticed that it's not just the simple distractions of the day, but more.  It's the distractions of decision, the distractions of thinking every little thing has to mean something.  When Paul speaks about the "sincere and pure devotion to Christ," he is not concerned necessarily about their moral departure from Christ only, but their intellectual departure as well.  He wants them to not be led astray by their thinking.  If something else comes along, don't be distracted by it.  I want to take it a step further and state that we must not get in the habit of thinking that every little thing means something.  Not everything HAS to mean something.  Life is not a mathematical equation where both sides have to equal and every letter has a value or meaning.  Oswald Chambers wrote, "In intellectual matter you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will thing yourself int cotton wool."  Don't overthink things, just obey when it comes life, especially when trying to find God's will in our lives.  Remember, our God is not a God of confusion!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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