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Distractions Come in Many Forms

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Distractions Come in Many Forms

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Feb 18, 2014


This book is about the journey and experiences of life that Christians endure, and how to overcome sorrowful experiences through Jesus Christ. Sometimes God is talking to us through these experiences to draw us closer to Him. Through every journey, we must ask God what He is trying to show us about His character. God will place people in your life for a season, and when that season is over we need to move on to the next season in the name of Jesus. Even though each season is different, we must learn how to manifest godly behavior that represents Christ.

Feb 18, 2014

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Mary T. Johnson, a registered nuse since 1982, began specializing in small vein disease in 1991. She has served as a consultant and trains registered nurses to do sclerotherapy utilizing a training program she developed which has been approved for continuing deucation credit by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and by the California Department of Rehabilitation for RN retraining.

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Distractions Come in Many Forms - Mary Johnson

Copyright © 2014 Mary Johnson.

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ISBN: 978-1-4908-2351-5 (sc)

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2014901157

WestBow Press rev. date: 01/29/2014




Chapter 1   Roots

Chapter 2   Branches

Chapter 3   Your Gift

Chapter 4   Distractions

Chapter 5   Distractions from Family and Friends

Chapter 6   Distractions from Employer and Employees

Chapter 7   Bondage

Chapter 8   Christian Marketing

Chapter 9   Faith

Chapter 10   Prayer

Chapter 11   Forgiveness

Chapter 12   Love

Chapter 13   Read Your Bible

Chapter 14   Exit



I have used the King James Bible as a reference because this translation of Scripture drew me in like a magnet. In a few cases, I have chosen The Blackaby Study Bible and have noted this. I hope that my book will remind believers that God is with us regardless of our circumstances in life. We are all on a spiritual journey, and our final destination is Christ. Obstacles and distractions will throw us off course, but we must keep our focus on Jesus.


And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

—Genesis 1:11–13

As this passage makes clear, trees are important to God and to man. Human beings depend on trees and plants for survival. Without them, people die. It is important to understand that God created us for his purpose. He created different kinds of people and different kinds of fruit to serve his plan. The Bible says we will know a man by his fruit. Jesus offered many parables concerning mankind, and trees, branches, vines, and fruit were often important elements in these stories. In this book, guided by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I will examine the church’s dead roots and branches and look at the distractions hindering us.

People can distract us from our gifts and our calling with negative behavior; they may even try to curse us directly or indirectly. Sometimes the ones we least expect will do these things. We must not be dismayed. We must let God fight our battles.

Chapter 1


T rees have many functions, providing food, shelter, wood, shade, thermal energy, and protection. They can bring life and death. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (Genesis 1:29).

God had a purpose for humankind. He created us out of love and provided everything we needed, including food. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:8–9).

God put Adam into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. Adam could eat from every tree except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The garden also contained the Tree of Life. There are a lot of Adam-type leaders in the church. God can provide them with everything, yet they complain about their positions or circumstances in the church or in ministry. Instead of seeking God and doing his will, these leaders seek other people to validate their programs and decisions. A blessing can be in front of them, yet they cannot recognize it because they are out of God’s will. Their roots are dead.

If you had a decomposing tree on your front lawn, you would eliminate this ugly relic because it could harm your home. The tree could be an environment for worms, spiders, ants, parasites, and many other unwanted species. Dead roots must be destroyed. Some church leaders’ spirits are the same way. These people are spiritually dead, and their decaying roots will destroy others. Remember that roots are supposed to stimulate life in a tree.

God puts certain leaders in your life for a season. Some of these leaders will try to manipulate you into accepting their wrong thinking and will persist until they receive a different revelation. For instance, some church leaders

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