undeniably appealing, pleasurable and desirable. They always, always, always contain a
little, or even a lot of things that we truly desire. Distractions have to have something to catch your eyes and keep your attention, otherwise, that would defeat it's purpose: to distract. However, once ripping off the beautiful wrapping, sparkling bows and ribbons -- we then beginning digging deeper into the package only to discover that beneath the surface, there is much of what we do NOT want and things that we surely did not expect to find contained within. Unfortunately, by the time that we're that deep into the package, it's far too late to back out without there being some type of consequence or effect on our lives.

Do not be deceived from the beginning. Everything that looks good, feels good, smells good, etc is not always what's best for us. Just as God places amazing opportunities and blessing before us, Satan is waiting to place seemingly amazing opportunities in your path as well. His job is to deceive you and get you distracted from the things that God has for you. Jesus referred to Holy Spirit as our "guide", our "helper" and our "friend" for a reason yet we often underestimate this (or maybe we just don't know!). The great thing about it is that the bible says that Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth (John 16:13) if we give him the liberty to and the even more amazing thing is that before Jesus left Earth, he explained that Holy Spirit was sent to Earth by God himself with this sole purpose to help US. Yes, you and I. Whenever we are unsure about anything, as in a new, beautifully wrapped package placed before us, we can consult him and he will guide us in our decision-making if we allow him to.

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you what is yet to come."
John 16:13

He will speak what he has heard. Where does he "hear" from? From God himself. The God who promises many times over in the Word that he will take care of us. The God who said, "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) If Holy Spirit is hearing from the God that holds our future in our hands, it is important that we trust God enough to put ourselves in the position to hear from him, consult him and acknowledge him in all of our endeavors. There is nothing wrong with asking for guidance and God is more than willing to provide you with it.


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