“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” – 1 John 4:1-3
Cell phones, tablets, smart watches, text messages, social media, email. We have so many things coming at us these days. These are all good things. How amazing that we can not only talk to someone who is half way around the world, but we can also see their face. Technology has offered us so many opportunities and conveniences. But when we allow these things to take precedence in our lives, we are walking right into the enemy’s plans. One of the tactics that the enemy uses to get us off course is to distract us. And in this era, he does a really good job of it. First and foremost in our day, we need to carve out time for God. If we start our day off on the right foot, then we have a better chance of surviving the surprises that might come at us during the day. Next we need to make choices throughout the day. We often pick up our phones or tablets out of habit. When you have a free moment, try to leave your device where it is, and instead just be present in the moment. Less “noise” in our lives will allow us to hear God’s voice more clearly.
Prayer:Please help me to slow down and hear Your voice. Just for one day, help me to eliminate any unnecessary distractions. I want to be more in tune with You. I want to know You better. I want to hear the things that You are trying to tell me. Thank you, God!