Rise Above the Noise: Overcoming Distractions & Living with Intention

Rise Above the Noise: Overcoming Distractions & Living with Intention
By Pastor Alexander Redd
July 5, 2023

Hebrews 12:1-3
In today's world, distractions are everywhere. News, messages, and technology constantly surround us, pulling our attention away from our faith in Christ. The constant flow of information can leave us feeling disconnected and overwhelmed.

As we move forward, it's important to pause and reflect on the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Whether improving our physical health, developing new skills, or exploring new opportunities, we can achieve these goals with determination and focus. Let's stay committed to enhancing our lives and nurturing our faith.

Unfortunately, many people struggle to achieve their goals and resolutions for the year. Distractions and obstacles can hinder our progress and lead to disappointment. However, it's crucial to persevere through life's challenges, drawing inspiration from the Book of Hebrews.

The author of Hebrews Chapter Twelve encourages us to cast off anything that hinders us and to run with perseverance the race set before us, keeping our focus on Jesus. He endured the cross for the joy set before Him, and now He sits at the right hand of God's throne. This serves as a reminder that we can find strength and inspiration in Him.

The Book of Hebrews was written for those facing persecution for their faith. These believers chose Christianity over Judaism and faced opposition and cruelty from others. They may have felt discouraged and forgotten by God. However, the examples of faithful witnesses in chapter twelve remind us to keep moving forward in our own spiritual journeys, even in the face of challenges.

In our pursuit of a deeper understanding of Christ and a closer relationship with Him, distractions can easily discourage us. The constant bombardment of emails and social media notifications can make it challenging to stay focused. However, we must remain steadfast and committed to our spiritual growth, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Today's Scripture reminds us to stay focused and avoid distractions. Discipline and endurance are essential in our faith journey. Our spiritual growth in Jesus is more important than any yearly plans we may have. We should look to Him as our model and inspiration to achieve our goals.

In John 10:10, Jesus refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd and the gate for the sheep. He declares that He is the only way to salvation and the fullness of life. It is not the Law and the Prophets that steal, kill, and destroy, but false teachers who impose unreasonable requirements for salvation. These thieves lead people astray from the true path to salvation. Jesus warns against these false teachers and encourages us to reject any gospel that deviates from His message of death and resurrection.

As Christians, we must follow Jesus, our good Shepherd who protects us from spiritual thieves. We must know the truth and recognize God's voice to defend ourselves against deception. Our Christian journey requires discipline and endurance, and we must cast off anything that hinders us from reaching our spiritual goals.

We can trust in God's promises and continue moving forward in our life journey. Meditating on His teachings and following His ways should be our focus. We can find strength in knowing that through Christ, we can do all things. Let our actions and thoughts please God, and may His words be found in our hearts and lips. Instead of worrying about tomorrow, let us focus on the present day and trust that God will provide for our needs.

By staying focused amidst distractions and remaining committed to our faith, we can overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. Let us persevere and run the race set before us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith.

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