Destructive Distraction

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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

Destructive Distraction

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm 37:4 AMP

Bible Basis

July Book Read From Read To Devotional
1st Psalm Chapter 36 Chapter 39 Destructive Distraction

Memory Verses

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm 37:4 AMP

Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked. Psalm 37:16 AMP

The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Psalm 37:23 AMP

But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble. Psalm 37:39 AMP

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

God. The Creator of all mankind. David sings songs and prays to God.
David. In the Books of Samuel, David is a young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Psalm 36 – 39, Matthew 14:22-36

Psalm 36 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 37 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 38 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 39 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 35 Amplified Version (AMP)
Matthew 14 Amplified Version (AMP)

Reflection: Destructive Distraction

Distraction is the first seed of everything you want to avoid in life. It is a simple but powerful tool of your adversary because it does not travel alone. While you think that you are being only distracted, there is more than you may see working to establish a series of unfortunate events. But your life is not a movie that you can rewind and splice and merge and play at will. You can flip the script, but you can not erase what has already been written. You need Jesus for that. Perhaps the most destructive companion of distraction is doubt.

When Jesus walked on water, Peter asked Jesus to allow him to do what Jesus did. Peter knew that this kind of power could only come from the Son of God. And we know that at his first step in the power of Christ, Peter was indeed able to do what Jesus did. However, when Peter began to focus on the tempestuous wind and waves, he began to doubt; and there he immediately began to sink.

You have heard that you should seek out the root of the problem in order to find a real solution. If you only bandage the side effects of the root, these are temporary fixes. Though these may be good interventions in a crisis, they are not designed for long-term, permanent use. Even a cast is intended for removal at the appointed time, though it may be a good part of the healing process for brokenness.

Temporary fixes are fragile. Think about it. If you steal to make money, you will have to steal to keep it. If you lie to find love you will have to lie to keep it. If you hide to make peace, you will have to remain in hiding. Jesus died and was resurrected, so you could live in abundance, without blame, standing before Him. He wants you to cast off temporary heart fixes and receive His whole healing.

Do not think that you will save time, money or spare yourself any heartache by using a temporary heart fix. Yes, holiness is high maintenance. You don’t just live holy by accident. But like temporary bandages, temporary fixes in our lives are high maintenance too.

  • They wash away with water (the flood of the enemy);
  • And though they catch the oozing of our injuries and can make us appear whole though we are not, they can also allow a sin infection (bitterness, gossip, complaining, strife, jealousy, grudges, etc.) when not changed often;

If we do not allow the root of doubt to remain in our hearts, we will not see the sin tree growing rampantly in our lives.

All sin is the result of some doubt. Either we doubt that the Lord is our “personal” Savior (as in, “that (lifestyle) is not for me” or “I am not worthy [of His gift]”); or we doubt that He is truly of the Son of God or that the resurrection really happened (as with the damning belief that there is no Savior or that Jesus was not the Messiah but something less); or we doubt that God will serve our just reward (as in “a little” lie, or a sin “just this once,” or “what they don’t know won’t hurt them…”); or we doubt that our deliverer is coming, therefore we take matters in our own limited hands… and the list goes on.

Praise is a doubt fogger. When you have an infestation, you call an exterminator. Doubt is like a termite. It eats through what could otherwise be a solid foundation. It causes the double mindedness that God abhors. Jesus is a balm that heals wounds. However, you do not need to wait until you are wounded to apply His power since His application to our lives is also a preventative measure – a preemptive strike against doubt. Praise is good for holy extermination, to choke the weeds of bitterness and all other oozing that may poison our spiritual health.

Will you be whole today?

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:7


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