OBEYING WITHOUT BEING DISTRACTED: Apostle Emanu-el J. McKenzie


Distracted: Having the attention diverted. B. Suffering conflicting emotions; distraught, C. To draw aside (the mind or attention of). D. Something that takes the mind off other especially more serious affairs.


Acts 7:59-60 (NKJV)

"And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not charge them with this sin. And when he had said this, he fell asleep."

Matthew 5:43-44 (NKJV)

"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."

Luke 23:34 (NKJV)

"Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. And they divided His garments and cast lots."


Matthew 10:36,34-35,37 (NKJV)

"And a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."


1. If we are going to obey God there must be the will to consent to the will to surrender must be made on our part; we must trust the character of God as it has been revealed to us in the face of all obstacles.


2. If I pray that someone else may be, or do, something which I am not, and don’t intend to do, my praying is paralyzed.


3. When Jesus Christ says “Follow Me,” He never says to where; the consequences must be left entirely to Him. We have nothing to do with what will happen if we obey; we have to abandon to God’s call in unconditional surrender and smilingly wash our hands of