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MsBren shared:
"Earth-Side Distractions…"

John 21:15a – So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou me more than these?…

What are earth-side distractions?  Earth-side distractions are those things of this world that keep us from loving Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  In this verse, Jesus asks Peter do you love me more than these?  Not sure if the ‘these’ were the disciples or something else.  But, Jesus wanted to know about Peter’s love for Him.

If Jesus were to ask you, do you love Me more than these?  These being earth-side distractions; what would the evidence show?  Is there anything that could keep you from the One you love?  Yolanda sings it well, Mountain high – Valley low, Desert heat, Arctic cold – Wherever you are, that’s where I want to be!  The Lord asks, do you love Me more than depression, worry, TV, phone time, school, exercise, food, friends, husband, wife, employment?  If your answer is ‘Yes, Lord,’ then why do we allow ‘these’ things to prevent us from doing the things that express our love for Him?

Loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is not a request…it’s a command.  Loving Him includes, but is not limited to, Bible study, prayer, meditation on Him and His Word, Praise, Worship, fellowship, i.e., just doing what pleases Him…these things keep our love strong.  If the Lord were to ask…Lovest thou Me more than these?  What would your answer be?  More importantly, would your answer reflect what the evidence shows?  The thing that keeps you from intimacy with God is the thing that you love more.  What are the things in your life that keep you from intimacy with God?  Would a phone ringing stop you from praying?  Could a broken heart keep you from lifting your hands?  Did an upcoming bill keep you from uttering a praise?  Precious, remember the question.  Lovest thou Me more than these?…

More about MsBren
Brenda Louise Hall, a native Washingtonian, is the second of eight siblings. She is a single mother of one son. She accepted the Lord Jesus in 1968. She is the founder of the Morning Thoughts ministry that is an international online ministry of encouragement which began in 1997. She also has a web site called Morning Thoughts Online, found at http://www.morningthoughtsblh.com/. She serves as Administrator and Minister at New Covenant International Ministries in Suitland, Maryland. Her pastor is Elder Carolyn A. Streeter. Love is at the core of Brenda's life; her love for God and His people. She believes that if we get this love thing right, we can live a full, drama free, and victorious life in Christ. Brenda says that learning to love as God loves will affect our life in a dramatic way. The foundation of her walk is found in I Thessalonians 5:24 - " Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
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