October 1, 2018 @ 12:50 AM

Welcome again to this week's word for the week. The last few weeks in our church we've been talking about how the enemy tries to distract us. Rather that's with or through things, circumstances, and even people; we are clearly always under attack. Even the things that distract us are actually attacks but often we don't see them that way. Having a conversation with someone helped bring that topic into more focus so let's get straight to it.

What is the enemy using that can blind you to the reality of what it actually may be? In other words, what may be shiny on the surface but rotten in the core? What looks good and glitters but when opened there's nothing there of value? Yes, those are some powerful questions but it will really bless us if we give a few things some serious thought. What motivates you? What makes you excited about God? What has God done for you that brings you the most joy?

Imagine this for a moment. The enemy is trying to steal something from you but obviously he cannot simply walk through the front door. So he sits and he figures out a way to distract you and to keep your attention on something else. It could be anything if you think about it. The right dish can distract you from what's going on around you. When you buy a new car it seems every car is a good car when you and the salesperson first get in it. How long does it stay a good car is the question?

Let's go further here. What is really beneath your smile? Are you truly happy and at peace? Is there real joy beneath that smile? When others are not around do you still have that same smile? Are you at peace with where God has you in your life? Do you wish you had more or are you truly content? I'm asking these questions because these are the different ways the enemy pokes at various areas in our life seeing where there's weakness. You don't attack the best guarded point. You attack the weakest point. You attack the areas where you feel there will be the least amount of resistance and the enemy is no different.

So let me close with a few more points here. Would a million dollars put in your hand right now make you think God is well pleased with you? If your house is suddenly paid off will you praise God more? If you are able today to get the car you really want will you have more joy? If you get a fifty percent pay raise will you be satisfied? My point in all of this is are you aware of the things the enemy is capable of giving you that will give you the illusion it was God? Are your eyes open to what can be a trap in disguise? Having the things is not the problem. Having the things from the god of this world instead of from the God who is the giver of life is the problem.

Make sure you take a good look at your life. Make sure there are no areas the enemy is using to sidetrack you in. Make sure there's not something he's giving you and not God. Make sure that the things that shine are doing so because the light of Christ is illuminating them. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security and blessings. Make sure it's God doing things in your life. Don't allow the enemy to deceive you through things and leave you empty. Pray in this season for discernment to know what's of God and what isn't. Be still, steady, and prayerful as you allow God to reconstruct some things and navigate you through other things in your life.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,

Bishop Carlos J. Lennon