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What is distracting Us?

And he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And they that did eat were about five thousand men, besides women and children. And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away. And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto the upon the waters. And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (Matt. 14: 19-33-ASV)

Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's really you, call me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come ahead." Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!"( Matt.14: 28-30-MSG)


THIS MESSAGE WAS GIVEN TO ME THROUGH ONE OF OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS WHEN SHE WAS AN INFANT. QUITE OFTEN, OUR LIVES AND I DO MEAN ALL OF US, CAN BE QUITE CHALLENGING, WITH WORKING EVERYDAY, A HOME TO KEEP, FAMILY MEMBERS, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. WE CAN AND DO BECOME OVERWHELMED AND DISTRACTED FROM TIME TO TIME. I WAS WRITING THIS SERMON ON A WEDNESDAY MORNING ABOUT 2:43AM; OUR BABY GIRL HAD A DIFFICULT TIME SLEEPING WHICH IS UNUSUAL, SHE HAD AWAKEN FROM HER SLEEP, AND STAYED AWAKE FOR A LEAST A HOUR FROM ABOUT MIDNIGHT TO ONE IN THE MORNING, BY THEN I WAS AWAKE AND DECIDED TO GO INTO THE OFFICE TO GET SOME WORK DONE. I REREAD THE SCRIPTURES ABOVE AND I THOUGHT ABOUT PETER. IT SAID THAT PETER ASKED THE LORD TO BID HIM TO COME, IN OTHER WORDS, HE GOT PERMISSION AND AFTER THAT HE CAME IN TO THE WATER. IF PETER ASKED JESUS TO ALLOW HIM TO WALK ON THE WATER, HIS SPIRIT ALREADY KNEW THAT HE COULD DO IT; PETER WAS CAPABLE OF THE MIRACLE WITH THE HELP OF JESUS. HIS PROBLEM CAME WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE WAVES; HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF OF GOD.

LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ASK THEM, WHAT IS DISTRACTING US? WHY DO WE ASK GOD FOR SOMETHING, HE GIVES IT TO US, WE TAKE OUR EYES OFF HIM AND ARE DISTRACTED BY SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE AND THEN WE BEGIN TO WAVER BY NOT COMPLETING THE MISSION THAT WAS GIVEN TO US? WE HAD THE BABY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NIGHT AND DAY, BECAUSE HER MOM WAS WORKING IN VIRGINIA AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BABY’S BEDTIME BEFORE SHE COULD PICK HER UP IN THE EVENINGS,. I GOT THIS MESSAGE THROUGH HER BECAUSE I WAS BECOMING DISTRACTED IN OUR HOME AND IN MY TIME WITH THE LORD. I WAS TOTALLY DISORGANIZED THE FIRST WEEK THAT SHE CAME, I WAS STILL TRYING TO GET UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY MORNING AS I DID WHEN SHE WAS NOT THERE AND TRYING TO DO MY DEVOTIONS, PRAYING, AND OTHER CHORES ONLY TO FIND MYSELF WELL INTO THE DAY AND NOT HAVING ACCOMPLISHED MUCH. LIKE PETER, I TOOK MY EYES OFF GOD, I BECAME DISTRACTED AND GOD DEALT WITH ME ON THIS MATTER. HE ASKED ME, WHAT’S DISTRACTING YOU? LIKE MANY OF US MIGHT ANSWER; NOTHING I SAID. THE LORD TOLD ME, OH YES IT IS YOU WERE MEETING ME FAITHFULLY EVERY MORNING, READING AND PRAYING, DOING YOUR CONFESSIONS, COOKING MEALS AND ALL OF YOUR DAILY TASKS WHERE COMPLETED BUT NOW BECAUSE I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE ASSIGNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT BELONGS TO ME YOU HAVE BECOME DISTRACTED. SO I ASKED, LORD WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?

THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO ME WAS PUT YOUR EYES BACK ON ME. STOP ALLOWING ANYTHING OR ANYBODY TO DISTRACT YOU SO EASILY. YOU ARE TOO EASILY DISTRACTED. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GET UP EARLIER IN THE MORNINGS, OR STAY UP LATER AT NIGHT TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. OUR FLESH DOES NOT WANT TO DIE,. AFTER BEING ADMONISHED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO REORGANIZE OUR HOME, GET MYSELF TOGETHER AND PUT MY EYES BACK ON JESUS SO THAT I COULD FUNCTION WITHOUT BEING DISTRACTED.

JESUS NEVER SAID THAT LIFE WOULD BE A BED OF ROSES. I CANNOT EVEN IMAGE THE DISTRACTIONS THAT JESUS HAD. HE MINISTERED TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND I AM SURE THAT ALL OF THEM WERE NOT ALWAYS ATTENTIVE, HOWEVER, HE WAS ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL. PASTOR MIKE AND I HAD QUITE A BUSY SCHEDULE THOSE FEW WEEKS WITH THE BABY AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS WE WERE DOING. WE WERE GOING TO TAKE HER TO THE DOCTOR’S, SO I GOT UP EARLY, FIXED BOTTLES, EXTRA CLOTHES FOR HER, GAVE HER A BATH AND BREAKFAST, PRECEDED TO GET MYSELF READY AND WHEN I CAME BACK UPSTAIRS INTO OUR BEDROOM MY HUSBAND WAS SITTING ON THE FLOOR PLAYING WITH THE BABY AND NOT PREPARING TO GET OUT OF OUR HOUSE. I SAID TO HIM AS GOD HAD SAID TO ME, BABE, WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR BABY GIRL TO BE A DISTRACTION AS BEATIFUL AS SHE IS AND HOW MUCH WE LOVE AND ARE GRATEFUL FOR HER. . I BELIEVE THE MAIN LESSON JESUS WAS TRYING TO TEACH PETER WHEN HE BID HIM TO WALK ON THE WATER WAS DON’T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF ME, BELOVED HE IS TRYING TO TEACH US THE SAME LESSON. IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW CONTRARY THE WINDS MIGHT BE, LOOK TO ME AND I WILL SAVE YOU, DELIVER YOU, SET YOU FREE.

AS CHRISTIANS, WE MUST LEARN TO WORK THROUGH AND AROUND OUR DISTRACTIONS, EVEN THE LOVING ADORABLE ONES. WHEN WE ALLOW PEOPLE, CIRCUMSTANCES, SITUATIONS, STORMS OF LIFE, TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS TO DISTRACT US, WE WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE IN COMPLETING OUR PURPOSE THAT GOD HAS ASSIGNED. IT WILL TAKE SACRIFICE ON OUR PARTS, HOWEVER IT CAN BE DONE. IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS ALLOWING THINGS TO DISTRACT THEM, NOW IS THE TIME TO TELL THEM, WHATEVER IT IS TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF IT AND PUT YOUR EYES BACK ON JESUS. WE NEED TO STOP USING OUR DISTRACTIONS AS AN EXCUSE NOT TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. GOD HAS GIVEN US TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY, WE MUST LEARN TO USE THEM WISELY. THE ENEMY WILL USE DISTRACTIONS TO KEEP US FROM HEARING AND SERVING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SO, LET’S MAKE A DECESION TODAY, NO MORE DISTRACTIONS WE WILL LEARN TO STAY FOCUSED. 

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