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Verse and Message (Week of June 21-27, 2009) June 25, 2009

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In The Pool
 
Psalm 46:10a (NIV)
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Silver Cross
Proverbs 4:23b (The Message)
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
 
Last week I suggested in my message how I think we must take the time to stop and smell the roses. We can be so focused in obtaining a particular goal or reaching a certain destination that we develop tunnel vision and miss out on the numerous blessings around us. This mindset may cause us to miss the beautiful journey God has designed for us to embrace. 
 
It’s important to maintain balance. At times we may go overboard and follow the other extreme. In this day and age, we can get so busy in the rush of life, that we forget the MAIN FOCUS. We allow both desirable and undesirable distractions in addition to time consumers to cause us to lose direction. Ultimately we become stressed out to the point of exhaustion and frustration. Consequently, His purposes for us are hindered or delayed initially due to the countless distractions we encounter.
  
Merriam-Webster Online defines a distraction as something that causes one to turn aside or to direct (as one’s attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time. To stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives is second meaning.
 
I wanted to share a portion of a message that I read in Be Still and Know That I am God. It’s a book compiled of an assortment of writings by a handful of Christian authors on how to obtain a deeper meditative prayer life.
 
Watchman Nee wrote the following in order to volunteer that we need to be mindful to add “Be Still” time to our daily schedule. Check out his writing……
 
“Wearing Down God’s People.”
Sweaty
Satan has, in fact, a plan against the saints of the Most High, which is to wear them out. What is meant by this phrase, “wear out”? It has in it the idea of reducing this minute, then reducing a little further the next minute. Reduce a little today, reduce a little tomorrow. Thus, the wearing out is almost imperceptible; nevertheless, it is reducing. The wearing down is scarcely an activity of which one is conscious, yet the end result is that there is nothing left. He will take away your prayer life little by little and cause you to trust God less and less and yourself more and more, a little at a time. He will make you feel somewhat cleverer than before. Step by step, you are misled to rely more on your own gift, and step by step, your heart is enticed away from the Lord. Now, were Satan to strike the children of God with great force at one time, they would know exactly how to resist the enemy since they would immediately recognize his work. He uses the method of gradualism to wear down the people of God.
 
I am convinced that the devil’s subtle tactics to throw more and more distractions into our day is an issue that we must all be aware. The best solution for this is that we might consider and take hold of scheduling “be still time” in our daily agenda. How can we give to others or pursue His purposes if we are running on empty never taking a minute to refill our tank? We will become very weary when we lose our focus and allow every distraction to hijack our time and energy. 
 
Friends, if we want to live life on purpose and be fresh each day for His gifts and opportunities, we must give Him our first fruits. When we put Him first and rest in Him, it’s amazing the things we are able to accomplish. He is truly the Source of renewed strength and refreshment!
 
Discern Divine Distractions 
 Gold Cross 
Drop Draining Distractions
Be Still So That You Can Be Filled
Fine Tune Your Focus On Your Forever Friend
SUSIE MC
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