OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Have you ever come across someone asking for a handout. So here you are faced with doing what we have been called to do, look after those in need.
Then this thought comes to mind if you give them money they may use it for drugs or alcohol. This thought is a distraction to draw you away from the fact this person is in need.
We do not know the circumstances nor is it our business, to know.
Now once the enemy has your attention they will move to the next step fill your thought process with lies based on appearance. Drawing you further away from what our Lord has called us to do 1 Peter 5:2
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.
There will be further thoughts but they are not of the flock so it’s not your responsibility. This is a further distraction to prevent further work of tending to God’s strays from the flock. We just learned part of our journey, is being seed planters. Which when looked at from a spiritual perspective, it is a part of our calling.
Does feed the flock mean those who are walking in the light only? Those thoughts are further distractions. This is our position (Mark 10:44-45) KJV
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be a servant of all.  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
When we recognize Satan’s minions distracting us know there is something important the Holy Spirit has for us to receive, discern and accept as a lesson about who makes up our Father’s flock. We must like Yeshua, look for that one lost stray, to bring them back into God’s light.
When I’m approached to give, I let them know I do not give money. But then ask when their last meal was? I always buy them a meal and sit and chat as we dine together most are overwhelmed that a stranger will buy and sit with them. To me this is part of seed planting, demonstrating someone cares. And during our conversation, further plant seeds according to the Holy Spirits lead remember the Lord said he would give us the words to speak. I pray you didn’t think he meant only when you’re in trouble?
This is why Satan goes to so much trouble to distract the Lord’s disciples and servants.
When we recognize being distracted go to your prayer closet lay this before the throne of God. The deceptions will be revealed and answers provided, but you must be calm to hear the Holy Spirits leading while meditating, a moment of spiritual silence.
Blessings to all.
John 3:17 KJV For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.