Distractions - when life gets muddled up

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First sermon given in 2013. Spoke to youths about what type of distractions can sway us from our focus. …

First sermon given in 2013. Spoke to youths about what type of distractions can sway us from our focus.

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  • 1. DISTRACTIONSwhen life gets muddled up
  • 2. for he observes himself, goes away, andimmediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:24
  • 3. Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and twominutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:24, The Message.
  • 4. RELATIONSHIPS
  • 5. RELATIONSHIPSEVALUATEfriends that gossips; influence negativelyFINDrelationships that builds
  • 6. MEDIA
  • 7. MEDIAEVALUATEwhich media absorbs your time the most?FINDa new substitute that builds
  • 8. PROCRASTINATION
  • 9. PROCRASTINATIONEVALUATEdo I do last minute work? do I have a plan?FINDa need for urgency. life’s too short to waste.
  • 10. SELF GLORY
  • 11. SELF GLORYEVALUATEare my gifts more important than God? wheredo I find recognition from?FINDyour place in God. Who am I?
  • 12. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those whohear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:24-27, The Message.
  • 13. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God - the free life! -even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. James 1:24-27, The Message.
  • 14. Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived.This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passesmuster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. James 1:24, The Message.
  • 15. “ME” PRAYER.break me. revive me. sustain me.
  • 16. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11