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Distractions Are Attacks! by Elaine Davenport November 30, 2010

Isaiah 40:29 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

 

There will be no more glossing over the facts; lest we as soldiers…defeat ourselves.

 

I’ve been distracted a lot lately from doing the things that I am supposed to be doing.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m doing God’s work, still praying for and helping others…always at the ready…but there are some things that were pushed aside…some tasks not yet complete; some procrastination…some rationalization…an underlying current that encourages me to believe that I will get it done as I watch the days fly by….WELL TIME’S UP FOR THAT JOKE!  There is about to be some rearranging going on!

I heard about a distant member of the family who passed on last week.  I remembered that for a few years I had wrote him back every month to encourage him to have faith.  This was around the time that he had first been diagnosed with an illness.  I never heard back from him.  Nor did I ever hear back from the hundreds of people that I wrote to for months and months….and so eventually I gave up and began to write on the Internet. But, I repented.  You see, God still wants us to complete our assignments even if there is no feedback, even if it doesn’t go like we thought.  Our pastor preached on this today.   We have to remember why we did whatever we’re doing in the first place…especially when it doesn’t make sense!

 

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John 3:18-21 (Amplified Bible)

18He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation–he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

19The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.(A)

20For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.

21But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].

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DON’T IGNORE THE ATTACK ON YOU…

Whether it be your marriage..

Whether it be your finances

Whether it be quietly pulling you away from  about a promise God has given you

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.Whether it’s your health

Whether it’s a car accident…

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6: 12

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NOW YOU’VE GOT TWO WAYS TO HANDLE IT:

1.  You can stay prayed up and at the ready…

or

2.  You can be a reactionary

 

But whatever you do…examine things and don’t ignore them; and most especially DO NOT GIVE UP!

 

Eight Things that you can do…

1.  If you’ve missed it; ask God to forgive you.

2. Pray more

3…Ask God to help you keep your priorities straight. Ask God to help you to be more organized and to stay focused

4.  Hold yourself accountable to get the important things done first.

5.  Make promises to yourself and keep your word to you.

6.  Reward yourself in some important way when you reach milestones set by you.

7.  Celebrate and rejoice.

8.  Keep it moving; continue on to the next task.

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Your Adversary! by Elaine Davenport November 29, 2010

 

I’m a very positive person.  I don’t like to talk about negative stuff.  I watch “little” television even less of the news and if something major happens in the world; it isn’t likely that I’ll be the first to hear about it.  Celebrity gossip; I could care less.  None of that directly impacts my life…however I’m not unwise enough to overlook the things and situations around me. Gossip leaves a door open for satan so I try to avoid it.

It’s important because I have to know who to pray for and how to pray.  So while I do not seek out the information…I hold myself responsible to stand in the gap for other people.  No, I do not have to know them.

I don’t do it because I have nothing better to do.

 

You see…we have an adversary…an opponent; a rival; an enemy.   I was struck that one of the “web” definitions defined it as the opposite side in a lawsuit.  Well, I suppose it’d be strange for two friends to oppose each other.  One definition said it’s actually satan.  Nice to know that they figured it out!

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There was a little church in a small town somewhere in the  midwest region of the United States.  The people poured in on Sundays always because after many years of spiritual deadness; a few women at the church prayed for spiritual awakening.   Slowly it began to happen.   After five, years their membership began to greatly increase.

By the five year mark, the church began to multiply to the point where the current building plans would not hold all of the new congregants.   Simultaneously, the little quiet pastor had put together quite the Prayer Team.  After failing to get volunteers he made a bold move; he offered jobs to those who would be wiling to pray but mostly minister for causes that  were important to God.   So many people wanted to join forces for this worthy cause;  with pay.   Most people do not have to be paid to pray…but I will not say it’s bad because I do not know the circumstances.  I will say that prayer “stays back” the hand of evil.  And there is nothing wrong with rolling out thew troops!  I do know that there are ministries who pay people to pray.   But they are no t praying for ordinary things that might concern you or I; but for some very specific important things.     They do this because they want the job done, no lack of focus, no distractions; like a job.  And they have found that it is effective. But, on the other hand…I’m in a network of almost 3 dozen prayer warriors; we pray as volunteers and we’re very effective.  God will back either option if it is His will.

 

In another financial atmosphere…people would poured forth to volunteer.  Not everyone but some.  This team stood in the gap in prayer and God began to move in their lives so mightily and wonderfully; that many of them began to donate all or part of the paychecks in order to  help the ministry.

No, this isn’t a true story.  Well, at least not to my knowledge.   But, just like we have a very REAL force that comes against us; we have to have a very REAL force that counters that force.  Something to think about!

1 Peter 5:8 (King James Version)

8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: