Misplaced Affections

“2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3

Well-meaning people speak into our lives.  Sometimes out of concern. Or fear. Or a need to control or influence.  Some will scoff at walking by faith.  I think of Peter walking on water to Jesus.  Peter was doing fine until he took his eyes off Jesus. Then the storm and waves became the focus of his attention and he began to sink.  The beautiful part is that Jesus took his hand and rescued him from the waves and helped him back in the boat.  Out of all the disciples, Peter was the only one bold enough to step out of the boat.  He had the faith to do the impossible, making it possible.  In order to be “delivered” we have to turn off the noise in the background that distracts us from God’s voice.  And then we have to be obedient and trust that “the Lord is faithful.” Not put our faith in what we see.  Instead put our faith in what God says.

Galatians 6:12-16, Mark 5:34, Matthew 14:22-32

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