“… Our close friends, co-workers, and even family members can be a ‘distractor’…”

Image result for caricature of a "caution"What’s the popular saying……..”He threw all CAUTION to the wind?” Some of us do just that….thinking we are “above” taking precautions. Being precautious is just being SMART. The process of life, is like taking one’s life in their own hands. We act like “we are the one in control,” and CAUTION is not necessary.

When we start out in life, whether it be our beginning business career, a new marriage, working with new management, bringing home a “new baby,”…changing jobs, or even….attending a new, or different Church. Would it not be prudent to “be cautious?”

Plan ahead…know what you’re getting into. Be prepared. Stand ready. However you want to say it….being cautious is absolutely necessary. The economy dictates precaution; happiness dictates precaution; just… simple acts of crossing the street, driving on the interstate, or maneuvering life’s obstacles….all require caution, even sometimes…EXTREEM CAUTION. After acting in a very “un-cautious” manner…. Don’t we often think….”what was I THINKING?” What made me do such a STUPID thing? Ok…you got the point.

Have you ever thought of this happening to you? Sometimes… our close friends, co-workers, and even family members can be a “distractor.” Meaning someone who is “throwing you OFF-COURSE,” or throwing you, even… under the bus (as the saying goes). People to whom you look for support, actually “are not supporting you.” It is said that the “fox comes in sheep’s clothing.”

Actually, satan has “his helpers.” And, sometimes, he (satan) solicits help from the most “unlikely source”….friends, family, co-workers; even sometimes an “unsuspecting minister,” or counselor.

Satan’s helpers are everywhere. The person who is “gossiping” about you…spreading false rumors, or just out and out lies….they’re satan’s helpers. Sure, they may really care for you; may even love you…thinking they are “doing you a favor.” Some of them, maybe all (giving them the benefit of doubt), don’t realize that they’re “being used” by satan. Why, do you think?

Well satan will choose, or “pick-on” a person of some weakness. He doesn’t bother with the STRONG-WILLED guy…no, no…he wants the one without “strong convictions.” Eve was a bit like that (no, I’m not picking on women…just talking FACTS).   Like “some,” Eve was GULIABLE. She easily accepted it when the serpent told her that “she would not die…when she ate from the ‘tree-of-knowledge.’”

Lucifer is a PRO at “sucking the life out of the weak and vulnerable.” After all….satan is the “worldly god.” Note…I didn’t say GOD…the spiritual being…of the Holy Trinity. We, well some of us, worship satan, and don’t even realize it. How…?

Well, when we idolize “things, and stuff.” When we put “things and stuff” before God…then we are idolizing those things and stuff. When we put “others before God,” than we are idolizing those “others.” Like “celebrities,” as an example. If it’s good enough for “so and so,” then it’s good enough for me. We even, some of us, WORSHIP ourselves…think about it whenever you look in the MIRROR.

So, with all the said….being CAUTIOUS is not such a bad idea. Think about who we associate with; or they TYPE of company we are employed; or even a potential marriage partner….ASK: are they “lifting us up,” or tearing us down? When you are around these types of people (satan’s helpers), do you see the “image of God,” in them? Do they even believe in God?

Please…don’t throw CAUTION to the wind. Be cautious…THINK…GOD.  We are told in Ephesians 5:14-16 – For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.… Blessings…cjlb…3/14/15.

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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