WHAT’S DISTRACTING YOU?
And he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And they that did eat were about five thousand men, besides women and children. And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away. nd after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto the upon the waters. And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. 0 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (Matt 14:19-33-ASV)
Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's really you, call me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come ahead." Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" (Matt. 14:28-30-MSG)
I SHARED WITH YOU ON LAST SUNDAY THAT GOD HAD GIVEN ME THIS MESSAGE THROUGH TAMAYIA.( SHE IS OUR GRANDDAUGHTER), QUITE OFTEN, OUR LIVES AND I DO MEAN ALL OF US, CAN BE QUITE CHALLENGING. WITH WORKING EVERYDAY, A HOME TO KEEP, FAMILY MEMBERS, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND THE LIST GOES ON. WE CAN, AND DO BECOME OVERWHELMED AND DISTRACTED FROM TIME TO TIME. I WAS WRITING THIS SERMON ON WEDNESDAY MORNING ABOUT 2:43AM; TAMAYIA HAD A DIFFICULT TIME SLEEPING WHICH IS UNUSUAL AND BECAUSE SHE GOT BACK UP AND STAYED AWAKE FOR A LEAST A HOUR FROM ABOUT MIDNIGHT TO ONE IN THE MORNING, BY THEN I WAS AWAKE, AND DECIDED TO GO INTO THE OFFICE TO GET SOME THINGS DONE. I REREAD THE SCRIPTURE AND I THOUGHT ABOUT PETER. IT SAID THAT PETER ASKED THE LORD TO BID HIM TO COME, IN OTHER WORDS, HE GOT PERMISSION AND AFTER THAT HE CAME ONTO THE WATER. IF PETER ASKED JESUS TO ALLOW HIM TO WALK ON THE WATER, HIS SPIRIT ALREADY KNEW THAT HE COULD DO IT; PETER WAS CAPABLE OF THE MIRACLE WITH THE HELP OF JESUS. HIS PROBLEM CAME WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE WAVES; HE TOOK HIS EYES OFF OF GOD.
LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ASK THEM, WHAT IS DISTRACTING YOU? WHY DO WE ASK GOD FOR SOMETHING, HE GIVES IT TO US, WE TAKE OUR EYES OFF HIM AND ARE DISTRACTED BY SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE AND FAIL TO COMPLETE THE MISSION? WE HAVE HAD THE BABY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NIGHT AND DAY, AND WE WILL HAVE HER BECAUSE HER MOM IS WORKING IN VIRGINIA AND NOT ABLE TO PICK HER UP IN THE EVENINGS, SO I GOT THIS MESSAGE THROUGH HER BECAUSE I WAS BECOMING DISTRACTED IN OUR HOME AND IN MY TIME WITH THE LORD. I WAS TOTALLY DISORGANIZED THE FIRST WEEK THAT SHE CAME BACK, I WAS STILL TRYING TO GET UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY MORNING AS I DID WHEN SHE WAS NOT THERE AND TRYING TO DO MY DEVOTIONS AND PRAYING ONLY TO FIND MYSELF WELL INTO THE DAY AND NOT FINISHED ANYTHING. LIKE PETER, I TOOK MY EYES OFF GOD, I BECAME DISTRACTED AND GOD DEALT WITH ME ON THIS MATTER.
HE ASKED ME, WHAT’S DISTRACTING YOU? LIKE MANY OF US WOULD ANSWER, NOTHING I SAID. THE LORD TOLD ME, OH YES IT IS, YOU WERE MEETING ME FAITHFULLY EVERY MORNING, READING AND PRAYING, DOING YOUR CONFESSIONS, COOKING MEALS AND ALL OF YOUR DAILY TASKS WHERE COMPLETED BUT NOW BECAUSE I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE ASSIGNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT BELONGS TO ME YOU HAVE BECOME DISTRACTED. SO I ASKED, LORD WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO?
THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO ME WAS PUT YOUR EYES BACK ON ME. STOP ALLOWING ANYTHING OR ANYBODY TO SO EASILY DISTRACT YOU. YOU ARE TOO EASILY DISTRACTED. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD GET UP EARLIER IN THE MORNINGS, OR STAY UP LATER AT NIGHT TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. OUR FLESH DOES NOT WANT TO DIE, ONE OF OUR PASTOR'S TALKED ABOUT THAT ON LAST SUNDAY WHEN PASTOR MIKE PREACHED ABOUT AWAKING WHAT IS IN OUR SPIRIT. AFTER BEING ADMONISHED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, I IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO REORGANIZE OUR HOME, I GOT MYSELF TOGETHER, AND PUT MY EYES BACK ON JESUS SO THAT I COULD FUNCTION WITHOUT BEING DISTRACTED.
JESUS NEVER SAID THAT LIFE WOULD BE A BED OF ROSES. I CANNOT EVEN IMAGE THE DISTRACTIONS THAT JESUS HAD. HE MINISTERED TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND I AM SURE THAT ALL OF THEM WERE NOT ALWAYS ATTENTIVE, HOWEVER, HE WAS ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL. PASTOR MIKE AND I HAVE HAD QUITE A BUSY SCHEDULE THESE LAST FEW WEEKS WITH THE BABY AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS WE HAVE HAD TO DO. WE WERE GOING TO TAKE HER TO THE DOCTOR’S I HAD GOTTEN UP EARLY, FIXED BOTTLES, EXTRA CLOTHES FOR HER, GIVEN HER A BATH AND BREAKFAST, PRECEDED TO GET MYSELF READY, AND WHEN I CAME BACK UPSTAIRS INTO OUR BEDROOM HE WAS SITTING ON THE FLOOR PLAYING WITH THE BABY. I FELT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREPARING TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. SO, I SAID TO HIM AS GOD HAD SAID TO ME, YOU CANNOT ALLOW HER TO BE A DISTRACTION. I BELIEVE THAT THE MAIN LESSON JESUS WAS TRYING TO TEACH PETER WHEN HE TOLD HIM TO WALK ON THE WATER WAS; DON’T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF ME, IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW CONTRARY THE WINDS MIGHT BE, LOOK TO ME AND I WILL SAVE YOU, DELIVER YOU, AND, SET YOU FREE.
AS CHRISTIANS, WE MUST LEARN TO WORK THROUGH AND AROUND OUR DISTRACTIONS. IF WE ALLOW PEOPLE, CIRCUMSTANCES, SITUATIONS, STORMS OF LIFE, TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS TO DISTRACT US, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE OUR PURPOSE. IT WILL TAKE SACRIFICE ON OUR PARTS, HOWEVER IT CAN BE DONE. LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ASK THEM WHAT IS DISTRACTING YOU? NOW TELL THEM, WHATEVER IT IS TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF IT AND PUT YOUR EYES BACK ON JESUS. LET'S STOP USING YOUR DISTRACTIONS AS AN EXCUSE NOT TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE. GOD HAS GIVEN US TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN A DAY, LEARN TO USE THEM WISELY. STOP ALLOWING DISTRACTIONS TO KEEP YOU FROM HEARING AND SERVING CHRIST.
Pastor's Mike and Allean Morgan are also facilitators for a class that was founded by Pastor's Francis and Flower
Briscoe entitled "What God Has to Say About "Marriage". Our next conference is going to be February 22-23, 2019. Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7-10pm and Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00am-5:00pm. The cost for this conference is $75.00 per couple and $50.00 for singles. You may pay at the door with no upcharge for admission. This conference will be hosted by According To The Word, located at 1002 Washington Avenue, LA Plata, MD 20746. Meals will be served at each session, however, we are requesting that you please register by February 15, 2019 so we may have ahead count. Also, please arrive at least an hour or half hour earlier to each session to be served so we may start our sessions in a timely manner. You can visit our website for more
information at www.whatgodhastosayaboutmarriage.com.