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Is Satan Distracting You? – Another Look from New Eyes

Ever since I was born (reborn) a child of God, Satan has tried to distract me from what is important in God’s Word. He has tried to get me to focus on little side issues that at the time seem very important to the person I was talking to, or church I was attending.

Issues like whether or not I should be calling God, Jehovah or Yahweh. Issues like whether to be a good disciple I need to be speaking in tongues, or even whether speaking in tongues exist at all anymore. Arguments over how the scriptures should be interpreted, and which of the Old Testament laws we should still be following. I have seen churches tore apart over issues over dress codes, membership requirements, how the communion should be served, or whether a woman should be behind the pulpit. Satan has tried to distract me with discussions on whether smoking and drinking is a sin. He has brought up arguments over divorce, tattoos, and sex. He has, in point of fact, even used me in some of those arguments to be stumbling blocks to other brothers and sisters.

One night during my teenage Christian period (when I thought I had all the answers), in the midst of what I considered a prayer of righteous indignation, the Lord stopped me in mid-prayer with a whisper. What He whispered in my ear was this; "What part does that play in My salvation plan?" I stumbled to a stop, and in confusion tried to justify my point of view. He whispered, "Is this part of what I did for you?" "-Well no", I said. "Does it contradict the fact that I am the Son of God?" "Well, no", I stammered. "Do they deny that I was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary?" Now, thoroughly cowed, I whispered back, "No." "Do they deny my walk, or my death on the cross?" –Again, with bowed head, I whispered back, "No." Stronger now, that small voice, "Do they deny that when I died on the cross it was for their sins? –Or, are they denying that death had no hold over me, or my resurrection?" Now, thoroughly miserable, I whispered softly, "No, Lord, they do not doubt you as their Lord and Savior." "Then," He whispered, "Why are you worrying about things that mean nothing? I thought I told you clearly in my Word that everything would be made clear to you when I returned. –Did I not promise this?" "Yes, Lord," I whispered through my tears. He softly drew my eyes to one phrase in the bible before me. It said "Love thy neighbor as thyself", and I heard Him whisper, "If you truly love Me with all your heart, with all your soul, and all of your mind, then you must also learn how to love your neighbor with all the concern and love you wish for others to have for you." (Matthew 22:37-40) I came away from that prayer with a different attitude and a new way of looking (new eyes) at my brothers and sisters and their walks.

The Lord has changed me in so much in the years since then! Time after time, He has picked me up when I failed, dusted me off when I have fallen, and shown me how to get back on the path of salvation. He has given me a new heart for my brethren. A heart not of judgment, but of Compassion and Love. So let me encourage you, brothers and sisters, to not let Satan distract you from the Salvation Plan. Our job is to witness, uplift and encourage each other… let us not be distracted by foolish arguments over things that will mean nothing when He comes. Maranathan! – Aramaic for Our Lord Comes!

Posted: Oct 09 2009 12:21:39pm by Alan Nethery+
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K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)
Oct 09 2009 09:45:15pm
  This was a problem which plagued the early church as well. If we can get the greatest commandment right then I believe we would find that everything else would amazingly fall into place.


K :princess:

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Oct 10 2009 12:22:32am
  Amen, and amen, K :princess: !

Jesus took all those complicated Jewish Laws and broke it down into two simple, but powerful commandments - and we still can't seem to get it right!

Thankfully, our Lord has much more patience than I do at the best of times! :) Because of His great Love, Compassion, and Patience, He gives us time to mature into an understanding of His Word. Thank You, Jesus!

God Bless,


Greg Lohr (@gregory)
Oct 10 2009 08:03:38am
  Have you ever noticed how hard it is to read through watery eyes? What a beautiful blog. I'm going to have to bookmark this in my browser for future reading and so that I may share it with others as well. I will be opening a blog on Wordpress in the near future in regards to Christianity, and I must definitely link to this. I especially liked the part where you called yourself a teenager in your Christian walk, that age where you "know it all." Oh how interesting it is that everyone goes through this stage, whether it be in our daily walk through life, or in our Christian walk. I always chuckle inside when I think of or am reminded of the phrase "hire a teenager, while they still know it all!" Thanks for this great blog! And... for the aspiring author, what a great book topic this would be. And what an awesome book it would be! Perhaps it has already been written, but then again, perhaps not. Perhaps...someone knows if it has already been written.

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Oct 10 2009 12:16:28pm
  Thank you for your kind words. We do indeed go through the same stages in our Christian walk as we do in the physical. And just as in the physical, we learn and mature as we develop... hopefully, for the better.

-And in case you have not had time to slow down and notice... life IS a great book! It's all in how we decide to live and learn from it! :)

God Bless!


Francisco J Zubia (@tohimbeglory)
Oct 10 2009 01:25:46pm
  You know, you make a very good point. I will reflect on that today. Thanks for bringing my day around. God bless you! Amen! Blessings. Bye! thbg

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Oct 10 2009 01:41:10pm
  Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I do appreciate the encouragement.

God Bless!


Dorothy von Lehe+ (@revgenlink)
Oct 12 2009 10:35:18am
  I have found distraction to be one of the greater deceptive ways of Satan. Satan attempts to keep us from the calling God has placed on us. I do speak from my own experience. I had to learn not to even allow well meaning Christians to distract me from God's calling. Literally, I closed the ministry I started and have now turned full attention on Jesus and His calling. Distractions can not be given a place. Satan will work hard at trying to postpone or keep you from God's Work. Satan especially works hard to distract us from Jesus Christ. Don't let him. Don't give way to distractions.

God Bless!


Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Oct 12 2009 11:06:24am
  Yes, Satan really doesn't worry about us too much when we first come to Christ... many of us go through John's Baptism, but few of us are able to totally surrender control of our lives to Christ which is the requirement of the baptism of the Spirit. It is through this baptism that we are truly born again, and when we come to Satan's attention. It is then that he begins to try to distract us from God's purpose for us. Distraction, deception, and twisting of the Word of Truth is some of Satan's favorite tools.

Thank you for your comments and encouragement, they were appreciated.

God Bless!


Moeketsi Nkosi (@moeketsin)
Mar 08 2010 03:39:12am
  The insight you are sharing ,I bilieve is one of the pillars of christianity. I continually face very unproductive issues, idle dabates. In one occasion , while I have been wrestling to disengage from a heated issue .The following questions interrupted my thought process What would Jesus Christ do in your situation ? Has he not walked the same path, what example has he set for you ? if You are indeed a follower , you should follow in his steps. That is very frightening and it is a continuos battle, without total dependency in Christ, I just do not have what it takes to follow in his steps. It is even very hard for me to have these question resonating in my head, it paralyses me Thanks for sharing,

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Mar 08 2010 08:45:03am
  Moe, I think if you can get just one statement to automatically pop up every time someone tries to pull you into a foolish dispute, all the rest of your questions will also be automatically answered. The statement/question is, "What does this (discussion) have to do with the Salvation Plan?" -Need clarification of that statement?

Was your witness intended to be part of the Salvation Plan? Acts 1:8, "... and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Should you argue with these people who want to debate their opinion? 2 Tim. 2:23, "Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels." How should you handle those who want to argue? 2 Tim. 2:25-26, "Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. -Of course, you must use discernment to understand when they are not truly listening to "gentle correction"... because then it has become a foolish argument that can actually be stumbling blocks to others. -Time after time, the scriptures tell us what we should do when someone will not listen... "Shake the dust from your feet and leave" (Matt. 10:14 - many others).

Your fear comes from not knowing what to say or do. Put on the full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) ... no soldier goes into battle without his armor and without his weapons... neither should you. -Study your Word, for in it lies the Shield and Sword with which we give our replies... Please note that I did not say "defense" of the Scriptures. God's word does not need defending. -Ephesians 6:19 says, "Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel." -But I also beg you to remember that never is a child expected to fight in a battle, and right now, my brother, you are truly just a "child" in your walk for God. -Do not judge yourself harshly for wisely not engaging in battles that you are not ready for. When the day arises when you have prepared and "trained" ... you will know it.

I thank you also for sharing your comments here, and I hope in some small way, this blog and these few words will also helped you in your journey for Christ.

God Bless!


Cheri Breen (@gusfreak)
Apr 19 2010 07:06:28pm
  Alan, This is just wonderful! Thank you for writing this!

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Apr 19 2010 08:08:46pm

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! :)



Ted Foy (@following)
Apr 19 2010 07:57:33pm
  Amen Alan Thanks for posting this blog as a featured blog so that the Lord could lead me here to receive. I like what you have said and it seems that distractions are some firery darts that my shield of faith shall need to start deflecting. Thanks again for sharing. Blessings,:) Ted

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Apr 19 2010 08:15:59pm
  Thanks Ted! :)

Yes, I have found myself discussing this problem with several brethren lately... a few of them here on cb. I thought it might be a good idea to bring this forward again for all the new members and readers. -And, lol, to my surprise it reminded me of how I needed to stay focused also!

I appreciated your kind words and encouragement!



Tan Yeowhwa+ (@silverpen)
Apr 19 2010 08:11:58pm
  Wonderful Brother Alan, this is the message many christians and churches need. I am glad that you brought it out from your archive for me to read. Yes, we must rememebr not to engage in unfruitful and unnecessary debates, especially if they do not bring us closer to God or to His peoples.

Thanks for sharing such a meaningful blog,

Blessings always,

From Silverpen

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Apr 19 2010 08:29:31pm
  Thank you, sweet Silverpen, for your kind words of encouragement. -I think most of us "mature" Christians know what we are suppose to do and how we are suppose to act, but Satan is just so tricky! ... We get sucked into a foolish debate before we even realize it sometimes!

(Sigh) I'm just glad God is so patient!



Tina edwin+ (@tinaesanil)
Aug 01 2012 02:13:52pm
  Just clicked Random blog option and got an opportunity to read this great blog
You are true brother..This is a reminder for each one of us!

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Aug 11 2012 08:30:29pm
  Thank you, Tina... Satan has many tricks to deceive us, and when he can't deceive us, he will then try to distract us. -It can be difficult sometimes not to be drawn into arguments that sound valid, but are actually just Satan at work. -It is all about focus!

Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement!

God Bless!

Joyce Bethy Ferguson+ (@bethy)
Aug 16 2013 11:42:21am
  Good to see this again... words of wisdom indeed .

Author: Alan Nethery+
Posted Aug 21 2013 06:39:56pm
  Thanks Beth, actually posted it as a sponsor blog so that a friend could find it easier. -Glad you enjoyed it again... know I did! Sometimes even the ghostwriter needs a reminder, yes?

God Bless!

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