Wednesday, November 23, 2011


  There will always be an obstacle standing in the way to our goals; large or small, thick or thin, they will be there.  A common obstacle for us all is the devil.  He will try to push and pull us in every which way until we decide to fall.  We can't let that happen.  We aren't going to cave in because the devil wants us to.  We are going to keep trying.  Sometimes, there will be non-believers who challenge us to throw away our faith.  Don't let the devil win.  Keep moving forward.  When all of these obstacles just appear before our eyes, we need to put on our headphones.  Let's just put a shield over our ears to keep us from hearing the negative thoughts around us.  When we decide to put on our headphones, God will be spilling into our ears rather than the ugly actions of the devil.  At times, we won't physically be able to protect our ears with headphones.  This is why we learn to have an invisible pair right in our pocket.  If we train ourselves to only focus on the positive and avoid the people who try and tear us down, then we will be able to withdraw from any misleading schemes.  People will try and shoot you down with cold, bitter words, but when we use our headphones to block them out, then we won't have to worry about competing to get the higher stand.  The bigger person is the person who follows God.  God would not want us to compete with our bitter, self-leading words.  God wants us to be the Christians that he is forming us to be.  He wants us to be strong by ignoring the devil and escaping from the challenge of competing with anyone who might pick a fight.  Let's all accept the challenge to put on our headphones and ignore the misleading paths around us.

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