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8 Dec - Don't Take The Bait

"Darkness doesn't need to destroy us, just distract us. Don't take the bait" (B Goff).

It's why Jesus while ministering to the crowds, counselled the disciples to "come away and rest awhile". He knew that if they didn't take the time to rest, focus, and pray, the crowds' demands, enemy attacks and the noise could easily distract them away from what the Father wanted them to do and exhaust their internal and external reserves. (Mark 6:31-32)

The definition of a distraction is the process of diverting the attention of an individual or group from a desired area of focus, thereby blocking their ability to receive.

Distractions come from external sources such as visual triggers, social interactions, music, people, text messages and phone calls. Internal distractions include hunger, fatigue, illness, worrying, and daydreaming. Both external and internal distractions contribute to our loss of focus.

However, when we take time to reflect and pray it enables us to see things for what they are.

Then we can choose to have a spring clean and to clear out negative distractions, only putting back into our lives what is beneficial and God's best.

I encourage you to pay attention to what Jesus is saying to your heart today.

Follow the guidelines for living in His Word and be aware of the distractions which come in all shapes and sizes. Usually, it's the little things, our habits, mindsets, wrong company, and attitudes that derail us. As the bible says, catch the little foxes for us, the little foxes that ruin the vine." (Song of Solomon 2:15) The foxes Solomon was talking about would dig holes under the vines damaging the roots and ruining their ability to bear fruit - it's about those things that try to distract from our productivity, fruitfulness, and the limiting and spoiling of opportunity, love and relationships.

As I previously said, darkness doesn't need to destroy us, just distract us. Don't take the bait!

Instead, "pay attention to what I (Jesus) says. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart. For they bring life to those, who find them and healing to their whole body.

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech."

"Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil." (Proverbs 4:20-27)

I encourage you to choose every day to align your faith with your talents and calling, and with all that Jesus has promised and teaches in His Word.

Go after that life with all your strength and focus. Jesus has your back and will help you achieve and live a far greater life than you ever thought possible as you do. (Ephesians 3:20)

"Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)

: Lord, help me remain focused and to be aware of those things in my life that cause me to become distracted from what you have promised and spoken to me. Please help me keep the main thing, the main thing, and that you would transform and fill my life with good things as I do. In Jesus name Amen.

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