SUBTOPIC: The peril of distraction ( 1)
TEXT: Matthew 24: 4
I want us to move to verse 4 of our text as we begin another subtopics on this theme which will focus on the devil’s weapon of destruction against believers in our day.
Jesus said; “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].” Matt.24:4 AMP.
“Take heed that no man lead you astray”. (ASV)
“ And Jesus said to them in answer, Take care that you are not tricked. (BBE)”
The first reason that necessitated the warning was to prevent them from being misled. I mean from being distracted into the wrong things and ways. Pastor Asaaju Ologunloluwa told me years ago that: “It doesn’t take too many steps to go wrong in life, only one step is enough, a single step in a wrong direction”. Once the devil can set your foot on the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter the rate of your speed, you will still end up at the wrong destination. Once a man missed a step, he has missed it all because every other step he will be taking will be in a wrong direction and will surely lead to a wrong destination.
We are often deceived by saying devil will not teach us to do good but I want to tell you that devil can allow you to do good in a wrong way, he can allow you to preach, go for evangelism, sponsor church project and the likes so far you are still hot-tempered, struggling with sins, tell lies, take bribe, backbites, get angry, nurture hatred and bitterness and the likes.
As long as the devil’s tool is active in your life, whatever you are doing is not a threat to him. Look at Judas Iscariot for instance; devil never stopped him from following Jesus but he ensured that he was kept distracted with money. In fact, he was such a multi-talented man to the extent that he was the first of the disciples to be enlisted into the leadership position, yet the scripture says
“This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” John.12:6 KJV.
Peradventure you don’t understand the root meaning of the word “thief” and you come to a logical conclusion that you are exempted despite the facts that you take what is not legally given to you, probably because you are in charge. I want to therefore encourage you to check them up from other translation of the Bible;
“He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them.” MSG
“Not that he cared for the poor–he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use.” NLT.
“Now he did not say this because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief; and having the bag (the money box, the purse of the Twelve), he took for himself what was put into it [pilfering the collections].” AMP.
This was one of the reasons why Judas had an awful end amidst all other disciples. Beloved, it doesn’t matter your title, position or your involvement in the things of God, whatever hidden bad habit you fail to expose to God may soon bring you to an awful end. However, this form of stealing can come in the form of embezzlement, using official properties for personal purpose, pretend to be nice to people by giving them official gift as if it is a personal presentation when the organization is indirectly or directly paying for it.
Anything that looks as if it doesn’t matter in your life can be devil’s distractive weapon to bring you to an awful end. Christopher Morley said: “big shots are only little shots who keep shooting”. The constant repetition of an action leads to attitude. Stealing never became Judas Iscariots attitude by accident, it was an accumulation of unconscious practice. Nobody backslide over night, he may start by distracting you from your quiet time once in a week and increase it gradually until it become a perpetual acts. He may even hijack it by ministering to men at the expense of your appointment with God.
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