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"Faith Distractions"Stuart JonesWe’ve all heard about groups and cults who make members act in a particular way. They may require members to dress in certain clothes or to cut their hair a special way. They may require the eating of a specific diet or that spoken words be delivered in a very ordered manner. We think all of that is weird. We don’t understand how people can be so naïve and so out of touch that they would allow someone to draw them in and lead them toward a path that is so outside of the mainstream and ultimately detrimental to their self worth and welfare. We all have a human need and desire for acceptance and validation. We too easily forget what led us to a particular point in our life. We see the present, forget the past, and fear the future. People allow themselves to be influenced by that which seems like it has a present benefit. Christians can fall into that same trap in their spiritual lives, also. Paul told the Colossians, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” We are to remind ourselves constantly of the simplicity of God’s gift of salvation. We are sinners. We can’t cure that problem by ourselves. Jesus died for us. We have eternal salvation through his death. We express our thankfulness to God for his gift through a life of personal worship. Your past doesn’t matter. We are to be mindful of the present. God will take care of the future.