Don't be Distracted
(2 Tim 2:4)No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier
I must warn you that it is a battle to stay faithful. The devil is going to fight you all throughout life. He will try to overcome you by distracting you. There are so many Christians that have heard the clear sincere preaching of the Word, but have ruined their lives because they began looking at the things of this world?
The devil will try to distract you from being faithful by using the world and the flesh. He will try to pull you away from being faithful to church, faithful to your Bible reading, faithful to walking in the Spirit. If you allow yourself to be overcome you will be unfaithful in all things.
We read in Joshua 7:21 that Achan was distracted by covetousness.Everything you have is God’s, therefore we must consider it available for Him to use for any case He chooses. Judas was distracted by the love of money. (1Tim.6:10), “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
David was distracted by his lust. Having suffered mch because of his sin, he warns us in Psalm 101:3I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. We must avoid the distractions set before our eyes by the television, movies, magazines, newspapers, and the internet.
Pride welled up in the heart of Saul so that instead of leading the nation of Israel he was obsessed with trying to destroy David. There is so much in the Bible that God says against pride that I think it’s one of the weapons that the devil uses most effectively against us.
Elijah, Jeremiah, and Jonah had to fight discouragement. They became so discouraged that they asked God to take away their lives.
Discouragement often comes when we get focused on our weakness or the failure of people around us. This is the wrong thing on which to look. God says, “Looking unto Jesus...”(Heb.12:1).