The distraction merchants

These are those that cause you not to place God at the center of your life. They cause you to think of you and of them, but not God.
They come in the form of music, television, movies, books, sports and themselves. They tell you to do as they do. To live as they live, to think as they think. They say “I am your god, for I know better than you. I am smarter than you!”
What is sad is that people worship them, as if they are God. They do listen, and they do live their lives under the edicts of these fellow humans, which in the eyes of God are equal to those they wish to lead and master. Making of them subservient slaves to their will and command.
It has been this way for centuries. There is nothing really new here. It is just wrapped in a newer and brighter wrapping.
We know of a few of them. For some were so horrid in their actions and demands that it caused them to be remembered. A mark upon the history of humankind that due to their blemish upon it none can forget. But most of those that seek dominion over their fellows shall and have been forgotten to all of humanity. Only God knows who they are or were. Yet those alive today think that they will be remembered. However they forget that only those that slaughtered were the ones remembered.
Yes we can partake of music, TV, movies, books and sports. But only in small portions. God must be the focal point in ALL that we do. God must be thought of and present in His light as we listen to music; as we watch TV and movies; as we read books other than the Bible. God must be the statistic we think of when we observe sporting events.
This is how we are to attack the distraction merchants and give all Glory to God though His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: The world is designed to distract

So within the last month I was reminded just how much the world is setup to distract and confuse. I moved to another area at work where the use of a radio is not as big as an issue from my previous work area. The old did have radio usage time to time, but the new area it is constant, and blaring. It made it hard for me to follow Christ’s commandment to Love God with all my heart, all my soul and all my mind.
The music literally overwhelmed my senses to the point that to actually try to get beyond the music would leave me physically drained from the effort. I mentioned the loudness to a co-worker and he suggested not only ear plugs, which I had been using, but also ear muffs. Luckily my company does provide these for me and so I got some.
It was like night and day. Yes the music was still there to a degree, but I could easily filter it out and allow my mind to once again be God focused. The distraction of the world was gone. I could perform my duties and at the same time pray and comp tinplate God and the Bible. This enabled me to once again feel the Lord’s insight into His Holy Word and understanding resumed.
While I was being distracted I could see worldly things distract me in other areas and times in my life. It is through me using my hands in the making of an item of important use and thinking upon the wonders and glory of our Creator that I could focus myself upon my goal of attempting to be a true and accurate reflection of Christ.
It allowed me to see this very act of the influence that Satan has in the most minewt elements in the world that they turn us away from where we should be focused.
How jealous of us is he that causing the littlest of things to be used to keep us from where our sight should be looking upon. How weak our human nature is, even though our soul is born-again.
We must remember that when Jesus Himself made it clear that all sin comes from within us. Yes the world will distract. Yes the world will tempt, but ultimately it is our own actions, our own thoughts that are the ultimate stumbling block. For though we are saved we still live within a corrupt and evil body and so it shall remain until we are called up in the Rapture if we are so fortunate and then given our pure and incorruptible body. It will only be then that we can truly live a sin free live.
However, though we do live in a corrupt body, which does not give us the right to remain in sin. For the Bible makes it clear that we must repent. To turn away from our sins and strive to never live in sin again.