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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Distracted Faith

We hope you can make plans to join us tomorrow morning for Sunday School at 9:30 and Worship Service at 10:30!

Satan has an abundance of tools in his arsenal to attack us. Lies & deception, confusion & assumptions, miscommunications & misunderstandings are just some of the ways that we can veer off the path that God has in mind for us.

God warned us, through His servant Paul, that the days would come when these attacks on our hearts and minds would need to be met with resistance lest we succumb to temptations and our faith falters. He writes in 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Paul warns us here that while it’s possible to be led astray, when we remain devoted to Christ we can prevail. Satan tries to lead us away by introducing distractions into our lives that can detract from a life that was once devoted. Instead, we devote our lives to things that are less important & less valuable. We chase after things that take up what little time we have for prayer, for communion with God and the saints, and for study. Thus we are less prepared to face the challenges of life, when life presents us with choices of who to follow, who to trust, and who we are devoted to.

God is now preparing us for the days ahead when we will have to choose between those who will go with us to the feet of Jesus, and those who chase after self-indulgence, self-service, pride, and pleasure. Some might even teach and preach that these are the things God wants for us. If we read along in the same chapter just a few verses down, such a warning: “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (14)

Do not be deceived any longer! Know that Christ loves you and longs to share with you the blessings of eternal life. Satan’s lies tell us just what we want to hear so that we can go on living without change. The problem with that way of thinking is that it leads to a living without hope: an empty future, full of lies and death. “So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (15).

Don’t believe the lies. Come home and be with Jesus.

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