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Twelve Sure-Fire Ways to Wreck Your Faith

Part 2 of 5

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted February 4, 2008
COLUMNIST – It was a great day for golf. The sun was shining, the birdies were singing, and the breeze refreshed as we rode down the fairways in the cart. (Notice I didn’t say the breeze blew through my hair as we rode. There is a good reason for that.) Suddenly we rounded a turn and stopped dead in our tracks. In order to continue play on this particular hole, we had to cross a small creek, stream, or river. I’m never sure which is which. All I know is that the bridge we had to cross looked like it had been built by the folks right after getting off the Mayflower.

Our beautiful day just took a new turn. I looked at my playing partner and he looked at me. Neither spoke because we didn’t want to let the other one know just how scared we were. The bridge moaned and groaned under the weight of the cart and we actually heard lumber cracking. I made the mistake of looking at the water some thirty feet below and my stomach said hello to my vocal chords. I didn’t care what anyone said or that a cart crossed just ahead of us—I doubted this bridge would hold us.

#3: Doubt:  Doubt can stop you in your tracks and ruin your faith—not to mention your golf game. All it takes is an ounce of doubt and we weaken our faith. And the greatest way to introduce doubt is to interpret the nature of God through the circumstances of life. Confront life with a doubt about the nature of God and His love for you and you will come to a screeching halt. Fear will grip your life and weaken your faith to the point of stagnation. The problem is that life doesn’t stop just because we doubt God in a given set of circumstances. Life continues to come at us no matter what we are feeling.

Life demands faith. But faith cannot be defined by life. If we try and define faith through life it will only confuse us. Life is not consistent or predictable. Just when we think we have it figured out, it throws us a curve. Faith must be defined by certainty. We have to be convinced of who He is and how He loves us no matter what life tells us. It is not the task of this world to give us a clear picture of God. Begin with the cross and let the Bible be your guide. You cannot deny the love of the cross and that will help you know the Bible is true. Doubt can paralyze but confidence enables movement in the face of opposition. Take your doubts grow your faith beyond them.

#4:  Distraction:  How many police officers have been called to the scene of an accident where the one causing the wreck was distracted? They hear them say that they only looked down for a moment and BAM! Something took their mind and attention for a brief moment but that brief moment was long enough to cause a wreck of things. 

Distractions come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. The world is full of pretty things that make amazing promises. They all want one thing—our attention and loyalty. A distraction is anything that gets in between us and the Lord.  Put your hand, which represents the Lord, about four inches from your eyes. Now, put your other hand in that four inch space and you have the definition of a distraction. You begin to see it before you see Him because it is positioned closer to you. You begin to consider it before you consider Him. You schedule your life according to its needs and the demands it places upon you; all because it now occupies the place reserved for the Lord.

The things that tend to distract us are not always negative. In fact, most of them are basically good. But good things cannot adequately support life. Families do change, toys and possessions wear out, and homes are sold. Life becomes a wreck when we make a choice to become distracted from the only One able to support us through life. Read Luke 14:14-24. It’s a great story about how good things can distract and what we might just miss out on.

Look away for three seconds while driving 65 mph and you will have traveled 292.5 feet. You see it doesn’t take long to miss a lot. Some of you have been distracted from the Lord’s love for quite awhile. You may have allowed something to get in between you and His love but just move that one thing aside and you will find His love hasn’t gone anywhere. Get the right thing before you and avoid missing anymore.

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