Life in the United States today is filled with distractions. Some good, some not so good.
Regardless of what the distractions are, one thing is for sure. A distracted life leads to a common life.
To do great things as God defines greatness (the true definition of greatness) it will require focus, setting priorities, and the removal of some good things for the best things.
One of the toughest battles the people of God will fight in the days ahead will be the battle of purity. Our enemy has fought hard to surround God’s church. The culture in which we live is flooded with the sounds and images of immorality that ooze out of every media device we own.
How can we fight and win? Larry Stockstill lays out this battle plan:
What we look at shapes our lives. David said he would not set before his eyes any vile thing. In this world we live in, our minds are bombarded daily with vile and vulgar images. From television, magazines, movies, and even the daily lives of others comes the constant portrayal of the perverse, proud, deceptive, profane, and slanderous.
What can we do about it? We can do as David did and be totally intolerant of filth. Whenever something from the enemy came before David’s eyes, he immediately cast it from his mind. We cannot afford to meditate passively on unclean and worthless things that our minds conceive. Rather, we must follow Paul’s instructions to “take captive every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) and David’s admonishment to “stay away from every evil” (Psalm 101:4).
Analyze your environment. Conduct spiritual housecleaning, if necessary, and do not let evil enter your presence (Psalm 101:7). Your mind will clear, temptation will lift, and you will dwell in safety.
One of the first steps to greatness is correctly identifying your obstacles (your enemy) and the next is to formulate the right battle plan. God’s Word contains our battle plan, and the church is where the army gathers. When the church is organized well for battle, not even the gates of hell can prevail. (Matthew 16:18)