Distractions 

Mostly all of us get distracted by  something in our lives; worldly interests, sports, a hobbie, career aspirations, or even blogging.

Our lifestyle choices can inhibit or facilitate God’s ability to influence and guide our lives.

When our choices inhibit God, He is not pleased. God is a jealous God wanting our affections to be holy and pure, like Him.

I had sincerely consecrated my life to our Lord recently and my life choices were in His way. He found me out and searched my inward parts. If you love him with all your capacity and allow Him completely in, He will have a way, a perfect and holy way of finding you out too.

He wants to reveal the intrusions of our will over His and always uses the light of His chastisement to lead you home . . . If you let Him.

Hebrews 12: 5b – 13 . . . despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:    For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

God wants holy, reverent, and deeply obedient children. If your desire is to serve Him: then disobedience, distractions, the deep sin within needs to be rooted out and put away. This is only one fruit of His chastisement: the beginning of our righteousness in Him:

1 John 1:2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Children are young and undeveloped. God forbid we develop our Christianity living in and practicing sin. This is what I have done over the course of my 28 years professing Christianity and I have finally by the grace of God, let Him root out these old fleshly desires . . . But not without great chastisement.

Romans 6:6, 7, 12, 22: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God . . . sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace . . . For he that is dead is freed from sin . . But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Paul explained to us in Romans 7 what it was like for him as a Jew under the law before the chastisement of God worked in his heart on the road to Damascus.

If there is sin still welling around in your choices, thoughts, and predispositions, God wants to fix it now. Yield to his chastiment and ask, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He will lift you up and send you into the city, and show you what must do.

God has given us glorious victory, immeasurable grace, and unfailing love in our knowing Him through faith. The most precious gift is to know Him who sent Jesus through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Heed His voice, do not waver. All Christians are of a royal priesthood, ‘Give no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:’  do not sully the Lord’s name with unfaithful disobedience to sin.

We are called to live and die for others in the rich, Glorious love of Christ:  By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left; . . . For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?. . . for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 1 Cor. 6:6-7, 14b, 16-17, 7:1.

Do not let anything get in the way of God’s loving and divine will for your soul, your nature, or the lives of those around you.

God allowed me and my family to go through a time of suffering, trial, and discipline for nearly every moment of the last 8 months.  Now is a time of reflection of how I placed my will and desires over against His holy decrees for my family.

He also showed me how sin, like a pestilence, inhabits an unsanctified landscape, encroaching every orifice, every crack: firmly establishing itself with every foot hold Given place to the Devil.

Now our family is being transformed, sanctified, and washed in His word.

Sin, disobedience, distractions all squander this precious gift of life from God. He has holy ordinances for our life. Let Him reveal them to you.

Ephesians 5:1-14 shows us that we are called to reflect the mind of Christ: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Are you clean? Have you been washed in the blood? Are you a sweet smelling savor sacrificed to God?

Live in obedience to the whole council of God. Live only for Christ and Christ shall give thee light.

Love Him with all your might, obey Him in everything, and He will give you what you need to serve Him. . . “That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Oh, the riches of His glory and the peace of His love. May it bring divine correction and healing to your soul.

Let Him remove from your life  all distractions, entanglements, and weights  that so easily beset you. The freedom it brings is heavenly.

I humble obedience,

Donald

Inspiration Moments: Make no provision for the flesh.


Owe no man any thing,

but to love one another:

for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery,

Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Thou shalt not covet;

and if there be any other commandment,

it is briefly comprehended in this saying,

namely,

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:

therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

And that, knowing the time,

that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:

for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 

The night is far spent, the day is at hand:

let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,

and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day;

not in rioting and drunkenness,

not in chambering and wantonness,

not in strife and envying. 

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,

and make not provision for the flesh,

to fulfil the lusts thereof.


Cast all your sin, all your desires, even your whole soul before the Lord.

Are you presenting your body as a living sacrifice to God?

For this is what is expected of you.

It is the only thing that is acceptable to God.

Holiness is your reasonable service.

We are to prove ,and this takes time, what the perfect will of God is.

It can only happen through the transforming power of His Spirit.


For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,

in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 

to the one we are the savour of death unto death;

and to the other the savour of life unto life.

And who is sufficient for these things? 

For we are not as many,

which corrupt the word of God:

but as of sincerity, but as of God,

in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

~ 2 Corinthians 2:15-17.


We as believers are admonished by the promises of God for us as obedient children. We also must heed the warnings of God when we do not walk according to His holy word.

We cannot allow any belief, any bias, or any doctrine taught us that teaches contrary to or corrupts any part of the whole divine counsel of God.

He is calling us to Him. To His ways, to the beauty of His holiness.


A Note From Paul

I write not these things to shame you,

but as my beloved sons I warn you

For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ,

yet have ye not many fathers:

for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 

Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod,

or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

~ 1 Corinthians 4:14-16, 20-21.


If we believe in Jesus and follow His word, we also follow all that our father in the faith Paul taught us. More than half of the New Testament (14 of 27 books) were written by him.

It would be wise beyond measure to take every word, every thought, every intention given to us in gospel to heart and plead to God that He may grant us the grace to follow all He wishes to bestow upon us all the days of your life.

What is the gospel? It is every word found in the Bible that points toward Christ and teaches the principles of God in Him.

I would rather Paul come to me with a rod of correction than the Lord’s terrible wrath of judgment.


For if we sin wilfully

after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,

there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 

but a certain fearful looking for of judgment

and fiery indignation,

which shall devour the adversaries.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27.


 Be reconciled to God and sin not, for this is the teaching and doctrine taught by Paul Romans.

For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;

that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

~ 2 Corinthians (excerpts)


Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple,

and said unto him,

Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more,

lest a worse thing come unto thee.

~ John 5:14.


Likewise, I beseech all my readers. If you love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself; in this we can cease from sin and live truly for Him alone.

Some of you reading can attest to this already. Others desire it desperately, and perhaps most mock the entire idea. For the corruption of the scriptures has been working at full measure for nearly 2,000 years.

If you continue in His word, then you are his disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’

Free from serving sin and free to serve the Lord in righteousness.

For we cannot serve God and mammon (the world).

That would be hypocrisy.


But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,

then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated,

full of mercy and good fruits,

without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace

of them that make peace.

~ James 3:17-18.


Once More, Follow only those things received and taught by the holy apostles, because they are the very words and instructions from God.


Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 

Let your moderation be known unto all men.

The Lord is at hand. 

Be careful for nothing;

but in every thing by prayer

and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known unto God. 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 


Finally, brethren,

whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoeverthings are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,

think on these things. 


Those things, which ye have both learned,

and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:

and the God of peace shall be with you.

~ Philippians 4:4-9

Moments: Seasons Pass Quickly

Temptations last only a season. They come to us, after a while, they leave.

How we were influenced by them can have consequences in our daily walk and eternal destiny.

We are to clothe ourselves in the armor of God and stand firm in the power of His might.


Like ‘the fowls of the air that devoured’ the seed, Satan wants to pluck heaven out of your soul, Mark 4:3-8.

He wants temptation to lead to sin so he can ‘wither away your faith’ and cause your heart to fail. 

Pleasures of this world spring up all around us in an attempt to choke out the work, word, and spirit of God.

He wants you dead, first spiritually, the physically.


The battle we are in is not child’s play. There is a war is raging for the souls of men, yours and mine.


God has given His children all we need to withstand and win this lifelong battle. See Ephesians 6:10-20. For a longer read on the subject, get the book, The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall.


God has provided us a way to overcome every temptation we encounter, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

So we are without excuse when we sin as Christians. When we sin we become the servant of sin. Satan is the father of sin and by sinning we become an enemy of righteousness, Romans 6:12-14.

If we persist in sin we will not abide with God in eternity.

Read Jesus’ own words highlighted and emboldened below. The matter could not be clearer. You must be free of sin to be Jesus disciple.


Then said Jesus to those Jews

which believed on him,

If ye continue in my word,

then are ye my disciples indeed; 

and ye shall know the truth,

and the truth shall make you free. 

They answered him,

We be Abraham’s seed,

and were never in bondage to any man:

how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 

Jesus answered them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Whosoever committeth sin

is the servant of sin. 

And the servant abideth not

in the house for ever:

but the Son abideth ever. 

If the Son therefore shall make you free,

ye shall be free indeed.


There is hope in repentance when we sin.

But that repentance must be genuine and a long standing. When we truly turn from sin and repent, we will no longer to be dragged down in the putrid bowels of its influence again.

This is where the grace and longsuffering from God comes in. He is here to help us overcome sin, all of it. If we let Him . . .


Like a piano with a dead key, we become amiss when we fail to resist temptation.

First and foremost as Christians, we are to stand firm in our faith and free ourselves from the chains of sin. ‘Enduring hardness, as a good soldier,’ we are not to ‘entangleth ourselves with the affairs of this life; that we may please him who hath chosen us’ (2 Timothy 2:2-4).

We cannot serve God the way He wants us to when we are serving another master.

It may be a frank and willful sin like lusting after something (or someone) in your heart or something as subtle as a casual lie.


Regardless, sin squelches that still small voice of God in our heart.

Like a piano out of tune, we turn into a bad melody, when we ignore God’s harmonious word and submit to sin.

We don’t hear Him when we should . . .

We don’t pray when we should . . .
or get up . . .
or listen . . .
or talk . . .
or walk . . .


This short season of life goes by so fast.

One day our retiring will come.

Will those minutes, hours, days, or years choosing sin stain your eternal soul?

Or will serving Our Lord with a broken and contrite spirit shine on that day?


He wants to grow and be servants of righteousness, not servants of sin:

Know ye not,

that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,

his servants ye are to whom ye obey;

whether of sin unto death,

or of obedience unto righteousness?

~ Romans 6:16


I remember too many days and opportunities lost.

Just yesterday, I learned that I needed to talk.

Just talk.

To anyone, especially strangers.

Talking breaks the ice and provides opportunities for God’s love to be shine through.


Are you in a place that you can hear Him?

More importantly, are you in a place where He can hear you?

Get up.

Fight the good fight.

Every day.

Make sure your armor is on.

Because tomorrow is coming and the enemy is waiting . . . .