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Sentenced To Death,
Destined For Life

Dangerous Distractions

The big D’s can shipwreck a successful journey and life. If the enemy can’t get us to quit, his next step is to distract us. There are so many things to do now-a-days. There are so many programs to become involved. A lot of these are even good. In discussing distractions though, it isn’t about good, rather we need to focus on what it best. DANGEROUS DISTRACTIONS!

Galatians 5:7, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.” NIV

1 Corinthians 6:12, “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” NIV

1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.” NIV

Evidently, Paul thought this subject was very important. Here we have three examples of different scenarios. Please read each of the chapters and you will find some interesting tactics the enemy uses. A lot of politicians use these tactics as well. They give us just enough information to distract us from the real core of topics that really need attention, “what do the people want to hear”, rather than what do we need to do for this country. The whole election process has become a political game based on greed. My faith and rest lie in this truth. The Lord knows the end from the beginning. We know the end of the story. He is the One who turns the hearts of kings and can turn any situation around for good. In short, He will have His way. He will take care of His people. Only His plan and purposes will succeed. Men can plot and plan until they are exhausted, but in the end the truth will prevail.

So how do we know if we are distracted? What are distractions? Distract, according to Merriam-Webster means, “to turn aside, to draw or direct (as one’s attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time, to stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives.” Do we find ourself in any of these situations? Is our mind still focused on our goal? Is everything we are doing, helping us get closer or are we finding ourself being distracted by other things and even other people?

This can be a difficult situation to analyze. There are so many good programs out there. There are a lot of band wagons to get on. We live in a society that is constantly on the go. We have emails, mobile phones, social media and other things that keep us in constant communication with others. Computers have helped us to do more, much faster and they continue to do so. The problem lies in the fact that we usually want to do more instead of take that time to rest, refocus, and redirect our lives.

What is important? Is it those few extra dollars that keep us away from our family or deprive us from spending quality time with the Lord? Is it entertainment or sports? Is it a good benefit that brings us recognition or the satisfaction of doing something good and feeling good about ourselves while it drains the energy out of us.

What is the truth? What is our purpose? Is any of it real? I used to wonder about these things as a teenager. It was then I met the Lord. The emptiness inside of my heart was filled with His love and it was then I knew there is truth. There is purpose to this life and it is real. I don’t know how to reach others except to write about that which I know. If you are wondering, if you really want to know check it out. It is not by accident you are reading this. You have to know personally if the Lord is real for yourself. I already know. Could it be that your heart is tugging at your thoughts right now? It is okay and it is safe. Find out what your purpose is and your destiny. Ask the Lord. I’ve put together a Questionnaire on the web site if you’d like to check it out. I’ve also written other posts to help you out. If you’d like to contact me, please use the form on our contact page. There are some photo montage wallpapers I’ve created to help me keep my focus. You are welcome to use them on your desktop for free. Just click on the thumbs and they’ll open into a larger photo.

I have found that life is not about what we can take or do for ourselves, rather, it is about what we can do for and to help others. This brings us joy and it warms our heart. We always receive back more than we give. Giving cannot be measured in money just the same as wealth. Wealth has very little to do with how much monetary gain we have, but everything to do with who we are and our character. To find ourselves we must give ourselves away. The Lord said, “to find your life, you must lay it down.” Dare to lay down your life and find much more than you could ever imagine. Dare to live and be free.

Joseph James

If you like to read fiction, romantic, prophetic, adventurous and supernatural books, check out my “Islands In The Sea” series. “Islands In The Sea: The Day The King Walks In” and “Islands In The Sea: The Lion Roars.” I also have two other books I’ve written at the links below.

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Janiece and I travel and minister as doors open for us to go. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. Please use our contact page to contact us for more info. I have written 4 books to help people get to know Him. They are: “Destiny Path Of Life: The Journey Begins,” “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life – The Janiece Turner-Hartmann Story – Tell My People I Love Them!,” “Islands In The Sea – The Day The King Walks In!” Book 1 and “Islands In The Sea: The Lion Roars” Book 2. We are presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and will soon be writing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, entitled “A City On A Hill.” Check out the website below for the latest updates. I also have recorded some of my music for encouragement. Some of these are on our site, YouTube in video, and available to purchase and download here. I have some artwork that we have for desktop wallpapers and prints. If you need help or prayer, please write to us and let us know. The proceeds from all of our products help us to minister to those who need help.

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Janiece and I travel and minister to individuals and groups as doors open for us to go. We are starting a new thing this year. We will be going to communities, as the Lord leads, and booking hotel meeting rooms to do concerts. We will invite those from the hotel as well as the community. We will connect to other churches and organizations in those communities to help those who desperately need help, and who, perhaps won't come into a church building. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. We’ve both been through a lot and have been healed and restored and that we have to pass on to others. We can speak through truth and experience because we’ve been there. If you would like to book us for a concert, event, speaking and/or ministry meeting, please use our CONTACT page. We hope we have helped to encourage you to go on and find the wonderful destiny God has planned for you. Psalm 139. Fly higher…

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I am presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and have just finished publishing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, titled “Illegitimate?” It is now available in the trilogy on this site through Amazon. We finished filming and producing the JOURNEY TO HOPE! 7 DVD Series with Janiece Turner-Hartmann and they are on YouTube for those who need help and encouragement. We are planning to take some time out to record some more music and then start touring early this year, 2017. Hope to see you on the road.

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