Cleverly Disguised Deflections

Most of the time, Satan is far too smart than to use a frontal attack. He uses a very clever weapon. It’s called “deflection.” It works this way: a magician deflects your attention away from his trickery. “The hand is quicker than the eye.” While your attention is diverted, he works his magic. The devil, whenever you intend to get down to business with God, will draw your attention to things not as important. These deflections are cleverly disguised as responsibilities, needs, etc. They are very effective because they are usually legitimate concerns. I have to earn a living. I have to take care of my chores and errands. I have family responsibilities; I have church responsibilities. While there is much truth in these ordinarily, Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” He said “first!” First, in the order of importance. Just as with the tithe, when God is first in our giving, the other nine tenths goes further. (This is true as long as we trust and don’t give for the wrong reasons). Similarly, our time will go better when God is first. Nothing is as important as our time with Him! (We can pray, even during a legitimate emergency).  But the enemy cleverly inserts, “Take care of the things that you have to do, first! Then, spend time with God. He will understand! The usual result is that we don’t spend quality time with Him. We excuse this failure with something like, “I can’t this time, I’m too tired!” How clever is the enemy! In William D. Longstaff”s timeless hymn, “Take Time  to Be Holy,” we find wise counsel: “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him you will be — your friends in your conduct His likeness will see. Take time to be holy, let Him be your guide and run not before Him whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow still follow the Lord, and looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.” Selah! If we really give Him first place, some of our priorities will need to be reordered. What we consider to be a “must” is simply an excuse, many times, to do what we really want to do. Don’t let the devil “play” you!  Ron

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