Then, here are some questions to discuss:
The enemy doesn’t need to send us a legion of demons to torment us or make us miserable. One of his best tactics: distract us from the invisible to the visible.
- How often do you get distracted by things in life, and forget God and the spirit world? What makes you realize that you have temporarily forgotten the spiritual world?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- What is different inside you, in your state of mind, when you get distracted by the problems of the world? How do you feel?
Read Mark 4:19: “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
We can also be distracted by the attraction of riches and passions of all kinds. What is different inside you, in your state of mind, when you let yourself be distracted by the attraction of the passions of the world? How do you feel?
Jesus says that when our thoughts are preoccupied with worldly problems, or when we are distracted by the passions of the world, we fail to receive the Word of God. Did you notice that too? Can you give examples?
Example: you read a chapter of the Bible and at the end of the reading, you have no idea what you have read. Or after a church meeting, you say to yourself: Oh it was good, but I don’t remember what the pastor talked about.
Why is it dangerous, or at least harmful, to be distracted before the Word of God and the spiritual world?
When you realize that you have been disconnected, how do you reconnect to the spiritual world? And how do you feel after reconnecting?
Singles, can marriage, the desire to get married - to be in a relationship, become a distraction? How?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:35: “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”
In this verse, Paul is addressing single people precisely. What do you think he meant? What is your interpretation of this verse?
There is nothing wrong with wanting to get married. But this desire must not occupy our thoughts more than the desire to make the Kingdom of God grow. What do you do (or should you do) to keep your thoughts in balance? (Colossians 3:2)
What are you going to do this week to keep your attention on the Lord, and avoid all the different distractions?
Some verses to study:
Mark 4:19 2 Corinthians 4:18 1 Corinthians 7:35 Colossians 3:2
Some prayer points to conclude:
Pray to ask forgiveness for being often distracted; to ask the Holy Spirit to sound an alarm in our hearts when we are distracted; to declare our love to him, and how wonderful it is to be in his Word. … And of course, please pray for Passion374! Thank you!
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