Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

There is a thing that I do and I think I would be safe to say that I'm not the only one here that does it.
When I'm driving, if something out of the window catches my eye, I steer in that direction. And the longer I look at the distraction, the farther off course I veer until suddenly I jerk the car back on the road and everyone in the car gets all shook up.
​Rae Lynn used to say, "Thanks for the field trip, Dad". This distraction caused me to get off course and steer toward the thing I was looking at, nearly causing a wreck!

The same kind of thing can happen in our mind and in our thoughts. Whatever your thoughts are most focused on, will determine the direction of your life. If your thoughts are unhealthy, ungodly, and uncontrolled, they could eventually wreck or destroy your life and possibly even damage the lives of those around you.

Jesus said in John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

Often times the first step toward destruction is distraction.

Satan wants to get your attention. He wants to get you to look away from what God says to what the world says.
​Your enemy, the devil, (1 Peter 5:8) is determined to keep God's will from coming to pass in your life.
​His strategy is simple: Distraction -Deception - Destruction.
​He wants to deceive you into dropping your weapons, thinking wrong thoughts, desiring wrong things.

Peter was distracted by natural things (wind and waves) away from the supernatural thing that Jesus was performing in his life.

Samson was distracted away from the calling of God in his life by a woman and lost his sight and his anointing.
You know it makes me think of the parable of the sower.

Mark 4:18-19 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful
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This is talking about people that heard the Word and received the Word but became distracted by cares and lustful desires and the pursuit of different things caused them to be unfruitful.

Now I'll tell you it’s easy to become entangled in the affairs of this life.
If you don’t watch out, they will wrap themselves around you until you’re completely caught up in the mundane, trivial things of this world, like a fly in a spider web.

I can tell you from experience that once we set our attention on our problem or circumstance the devil will start throwing his thoughts for you into the mix and the problem becomes the biggest thing in our life. You will think on it from morning till night and at that point you have been taken captive. And what started as a distraction now holds you in its grip. And even though I was standing against them, I was thinking more about those problems than about the Scripture promises I was standing on.

Let me show you something. Matthew 6: 24-25 "Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life."

Immediately after Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters," He said, "Take no thought." Suddenly it hit me: We serve our thoughts.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him.

By the Word we can take up God's thoughts. That's why 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to cast out thoughts that challenge or are against the Word of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

So don't let life's distractions pull you off course. The enemy wants you to think that your trouble is the biggest thing in your life right now. But that's not so. Jesus is bigger than all your troubles.

Bigger than all my problems, Bigger than all my fears
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see
Bigger than all my questions, Bigger than anything
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see


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