Satan — The Master Distractor

There's no question in this writer's mind that Satan is not only the master deceiver (Revelation 12:9), but the master distractor as well. In the temptation scene with Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11), Satan attempts to distract Jesus with offers of worldly wealth and power, promoting worldly pride (1 John 2:15-16), if He would fall down and worship him, to which Jesus replies, "It is written" (Matthew 4:4,7,10).

The above phrase promotes the idea of immutability (Hebrews 6:13-20). When God speaks or writes, His counsel is not only immutable, but everlasting as well (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:25).

Satan's goal is to distract mankind from opening (Nehemiah 8:4-5), reading (Nehemiah 8:8), and understanding (Nehemiah 8:8) God's everlastingenduring, and immutable word (1 Peter 1:25). He accomplishes this goal through a myriad of worldly and very distracting avenues.

Some of these distracting avenues are as follows: (1) busyness; (2) television; (3) video games; (4) sports; (5) movies; (6) smartphones (see here).

What can we do to cease being distracted by the master distractor?

Answer: Remove ourselves from the above distracting avenues (remember the "deny himself" aspect of being a Christian? - Matthew 16:24), find a quiet and secluded place, where we can meditate on God's word, and commune with Him (see herehere, and here), without interruption.

And yes, the above removing of ourselves, does require "sacrifice" (Romans 12:1-2).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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