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Pebbles- Satan's Little Distractions
little grains that if you step on one it does not bother you, bu
Pebbles at the beach. Have you ever stepped on several pebbles barefoot?
t if you step
on several tiny pebbles you will feel it. This is an analogy of how satan
operates in our lives at times. He goes around looking for how he can disrupt
you and hinder you, if his attempts fail, he will bring the “little pebbles”
into your life.
What are “little
pebbles?” Have you ever had a day or week where you begin to feel tired and
worn-out, and nothing major has happened or a crisis? You may wonder why you
are beginning to feel tired and possibly even irritable. These little pebbles
can come to you through multiple, distracting phone calls, or family wanting to
drop-in for a quick visit, or you run into someone from your past, or you begin
to have trouble with your brakes on your car. If these events happen separately
than usually we are able to go right through them, but when these occurrences
happen all in the same day or week, it can be distracting and begin to get a
little over whelming. Be careful for the small things that can quickly add up.
One or even two “small pebbles” someone can handle with ease, but when several distractions
happen at once you can begin to lose your peace and joy. This is the scheme of
the enemy to throw you off course by “throwing tiny, multiple pebbles” in your
path. The first couple of pebbles you do not feel, but after a while the
pebbles become a distraction and an annoyance. You notice you are a little more
irritable and annoyed. You may find yourself becoming snappy.
to these “little pebbles” but go to the Father and let Him pour truth,
guidance, and wisdom upon you. Shake the “pebbles” off and begin to take the
authority you have in Jesus Christ. Command the schemes, operations, and
distractions be broken in the name and authority of Jesus Christ.
things come at you all at once, even if they seem good, it is time to step back
and ask God for discernment. Just because something seems good it can still be
a distraction that is why we need the discernment of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore submit to God, resist the
devil and he will flee from you.
If you have been married for any length of time you
know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
ask God to cleanse their hearts of any unforgiveness, anger, resentment or
offenses of their spouse. Staying angry or rese…
you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…