Devilish Distractions

The devil is not someone that should be feared or taken lightly. He roams around seeking those he “may” devour.

This means that he cannot devour anyone who does not give him access, permission, or substance to devour.

In the Garden God sent the serpent on his belly to feed his belly with dust. Dust can be a metaphor for our carnal, non Christlike behavior. If we do not provide him food he cannot feast on us. Remember, God formed man from the dust of the ground!

In the Garden man, who had been given responsibility by God to guard and tend it, lost focus on who and why they were. When they took their eyes off who God said they were and what God told them to do they sucked the serpent into their Paradise instead of confronting him outside the Garden.

What have you lost sight of that invited the serpent into your world?

There will always be “good reasons” to disengage, even for a moment, from what you are trying to accomplish in life. Look at what Paul says,

2 Corinthians 2:11

“. . . so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”

  • The context of this verse is love, forgiveness and restoration!
  • But we should always be aware of the strategies our enemy will employ to distract and detour us with the ultimate goal of destroying us, or what God has called us to do for Him.
  • ‘Schemes’ speaks to a language that I understand well. That language is the language of sports. Schemes can speak of a certain strategy and or plans that are used by a competitor to exploit any weakness that has been discovered through the various scouting procedures used.
    • The Greek word used means: The processing power of the mind that develops perceptions that are foundational in decision making. It has to do with the way we think, not just what we are thinking about.

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Notice that once we put this armor on we are never to take it off!

  • The armor of God is God Himself
    • Truth – “I am the truth”
      • “Your word is truth”
      • “The word became flesh”
    • Rightousness – “Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness”
    • Gospel of peace – “For He Himself is our peace”
    • Shield of faith – “Author and Perfector of faith”
    • Helmet of salvation – “He put on . . . a helmet of salvation on His head.”
    • Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – “and the word became flesh”
  • Stand firm – Established, remain in place, remain in the place God places you, unwavering and not hesitant
  • Schemes – Deceptive tricks [using what looks like truth but isn’t, using what looks good but is really not good or beneficial], using circumstances to manipulate [maneuver] us off of our path to our purpose
    • The Greek word used in this verse is different than the one used in 2 Corinthians 2:11. This word means: The methods used in manipulation, the path travelled to accomplish an agenda that is at variance with what is considered correct, or right[eous], that which includes that which is false, absurd, or a distorted representation of someone or something
  • Devil – To slander, falsely accuse, mislead with untruths

The devil himself, “appears as an angel of light” to create chaos and confusion within the community of Light. He is the master at manipulating people and events to impugn God so that people will disconnect from, or never connect to, God.

Two ways the devil maneuvers people is through weariness and busyness [business]. Once he knows your weakness [where you will cave] he begins maneuvering to make and keep you tired and busy with business that is not productive to who you are and what you are called to do.

This can be in relation to your ultimate purpose in life or just a part of your life you are pursuing because God is breathing on it in this season.

I am too tired! I am too busy! I can’t! It won’t!

Where do you think these come from?

This must be one of our core values: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me [who gives me His strength and ability].”

Paul, the apostle, is my hero on several levels. One very important level is the way he did not allow all of the adversity and opposition to his identity and mission mess with his staying on message in his ministry.

2 Corinthians 4

“17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Paul is saying he stays on course because he keeps his focus on what is eternal, not temporal. Once the devil knows he can trick us into taking our eyes off the eternal he continually offers that which is temporary.

I know way too many people who got sidetracked when they got stuck in something that was momentary believing it was an ongoing issue. Even a season of sin can be manipulated to convince you that is who you are. This lie can convince you there is no need for you to repent and return to the Lord.

Let’s take a look at some of the momentary and light afflictions that he pressed through.

2 Corinthians 4

“8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

2 Corinthians 6

“3 giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, 4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, 6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; 9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet  possessing all things.”

2 Corinthians 11

“23 Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far  more labors, in far  more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through  many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external  things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without  my intense concern?”

All of these Paul called, “light and momentary afflictions.”

What excuses are you allowing the devil to feed you so that he can feed on you and eventually feed off of you?

What distractions have commandeered your call and or your career?

What weakness is the devil exploiting because you tipped your hand when you compromised out of what you believed to be convenient?

What inconvenience did you not press through and now you are finding it more difficult to overcome circumstances that you used to not even realize were there?

I tell couples who come to me for pre-marriage counseling who have been engaging in pre-marital sinful sex, “If you cannot say no to sex with each other now, knowing it is sinful, what guarantee do you have that when the opportunity to have sex with someone other than you spouse comes, you will be able to say no?” You should see some of the expressions I see!

If you cannot say no today you have nothing stable to stand on to say no tomorrow!

If you compromise today you have given place for the one who compromised in heaven to control you and your decisions today and in the future.

My advice to them and to you is this – Make a decision right now to stop doing what you know is wrong, and a compromise to Godly core values, so that you will have confidence that when confronted with options to compromise in the future, you won’t give it one thought because you have already decided how you are going to live.

Jesus said this, “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;”

The devil is always “coming” to see where he can exploit us. Jesus said, “he has NOTHING in Me.” He has nothing in Me or on Me that he can use to manipulate Me to compromise who and why I AM!

Can you say, “He [the devil] has nothing in me?”

If you can’t then maybe you should evaluate the level of commitment to Christ you claim to have.

Stop providing the devil food to feed on you or to you!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin

A Hisstorymaker

Honored & Humbled!

As I write this blog today, Tuesday August 25, 2015, I am filled with grand memories of hidden practices away from the eyes of individuals and groups of people who would on any given game day witness the progress of this person who worked hard when no one was looking, without ever knowing the grueling process that took place in private!

Bouncing tennis or rubber balls off outside walls of houses or buildings just so I could practice fielding “grounders” without a glove on so that I could be prepared for any and all abnormal bounces that may happen in a game.

Laying on the ground outside with my eyes closed throwing a baseball or football as high into the air as I possibly could from that position, then jumping up to my feet still with my eyes closed so I could improve my vision and reaction time when finally opening my eyes, the ball already on its way back down I may have to quickly reposition myself to make the catch.

Painting a “home plate” on the outside wall of a house or building then backing up to the proper distance so I could work on my pitching skills.

Juggling for improved hand to eye coordination.

Last week I found out that I had been selected to be inducted into the Glynn County [Georgia] 2016 Class Sports Hall Of Fame!

As I listened to a friend and former teammate of mine, Jimmy Brown, explain to me the process by which I had been selected along with four other individuals I was both honored and humbled!

By the way – I am still honored and humbled and will remain honored and humbled!

Hall Of Fame!

Hall Of Famer!

Who would have ever thought that would happen?

Not me!

Thinking that those hundreds and more than likely thousands of hours of private workouts away from the spotlight would one day pay off by being chosen to be forever remembered for what people saw in public – NEVER!

What I did I did not for the glory of man, not even this man! I did it for the teams I played on and the teammates I played with!

I played team sports and there is absolutely no way I could have been selected for this great honor if it had not been for the many different members of the various teams I played on. These teammates paid their own price to be good enough to make the teams we played on together and to make the teams we played on great.

Combining the private and individual practices with all of the corporate practices paid off with multiple championships!

I am so  blessed to have grown up in an era that gave me the opportunity to win 5 State Championships [4 in baseball and 1 in football] in a 7 year period.

#unmatched #greatestera #greatathletes #greatpeople #greatworkethic

My lifelong dream of becoming a MLB player never materialized! Was I good enough to have played in the Major Leagues? I will never know. But one thing I do know is this – the reason I did not make it was not because of a deficiency in effort on my part, not in private or in public.

So, today the announcement has been made in our local newspaper, the Brunswick News, and I am now free to make the announcement as well. So, I am posting this blog on my various social media sites.

The following is the bio on me that is in the press release to the media!

Kevin Drury

Kevin Drury was a star shortstop on Glynn Academy’s 1973 AAA state championship baseball team, whom long-time Brunswick News sports editor Murray Poole says “was one of the two best fielding shortstops he witnessed in his 40 years with the newspaper.”

Drury batted .380 as a junior for Max Braun’s Red Terror state champions − the only Glynn baseball team to win a state title − and then came back in his senior season to bat a sizzling .472 with 30 RBIs before Glynn fell in the state playoffs in Macon. Drury was a three-year starter and letterman for the Terrors and helped them also win two Region 3-AAA championships and two Class AAA South Georgia championships.

Drury was then drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs and played six seasons of professional baseball, climbing through the ranks of Class A and Double-A to make the Cubs’ Class Triple-A team, the Wichita (KS) Aeros in 1979.

Drury’s best season came in 1978 while playing for the Class Double-A Midland (TX) Cubs when he batted .319, had a .500 on-base percentage and was named to the league all-star team by the managers at season’s end. That season, Drury was called up to the Triple-A team where he hit for a .444 average before then being sent back down to Midland to help the team in their fight for a pennant. Of course, the next season, Drury would be promoted to Class Triple-A.

Prior to playing for Glynn, Drury was one of the best-ever youth baseball players to come through the Brunswick Recreation Department program. In fact, he may have the distinction of being the only local athlete to play on four state championship teams in baseball and one in football. He won baseball state championships as a 10-year-old, a 14-year-old, as a junior at Glynn in 1973 and that summer as a member of the Glynn County Recreation Department Senior League all-star team.

As a quarterback, Drury guided the City Optimist 13-year-old All-Star football team to the state championship in Calhoun in 1970.

Drury was featured in Sport Magazine in the October 1974 issue which had Reggie Jackson on the cover. A writer for the magazine came to Brunswick and interviewed him before a Senior League game at Edo Miller Park.

Drury also enjoyed an outstanding football career at Glynn Academy. Starting two years at split end in the Terrors’ run-oriented veer offense, he had a total of 40 career receptions for 613 yards (15.33 yards-per-catch) and nine touchdowns (one TD per 4.4 passes caught). In his junior season in 1972, Drury helped lead the Terrors of Coach Charles Pruett to the Region 3-AAA championship. After defeating the Waycross Bulldogs for the region title, Glynn fell to the Moultrie Packers and quarterback Ray Goff in the first round of the state playoffs in Moultrie. Pruett said at the time Drury “had the best hands he had ever seen on a receiver.” Drury earned Glynn MVP honors his senior season when he also played in the defensive backfield. As the starting punter for the Terrors his junior and senior seasons, Drury averaged over 36 yards per punt even though he was called on repeatedly to pooch punt on or about the opposing team’s 40-yard line.

Well as the saying goes, “That’s it folks!” Well not exactly!

There is no way to thank everyone who played a huge role in my being honored with this induction. I do feel though that I need to say thank you to some of the people who helped shape and guide me through the toughest years of my life.

Thank you’s!

For the selection and nominating committees for the Hall Of Fame! Thank you for recognizing what I have accomplished. This means more to me than I could ever convey!

My dad [Dr. E. C. Drury, D.C.], who died when I was 10 years old, so he never got to witness the process that paved the way for me to get to this point. Yet without his love for life and his love for sports I would have never even gotten started on this path.

Dad spent much time with me in the formative years teaching me things like:

The basic mechanics of throwing and catching footballs and baseballs, hitting baseballs and runners with footballs, as well as kicking footballs. He also taught me how to play basketball but I was never very adept as those skills.

You may not be the biggest, baddest or the fastest, but if you work harder and hustle all the time people will notice and want you on their team.

Work on the things you are not strong in without neglecting working on those things you are strong in. That way you will be a more balanced athlete.

My mom, Gloria Drury, was by far my most avid supporter. She died in October 1978 and missed the last 2 years of my professional career. Her fervor in the stands is still remembered by many people, especially the umpires and referees who bore the brunt of her assessments of their performance!

Sonny Miller, the Director of recreation for the City Recreation Department specifically, and all the people who made the City Recreation Department a safe place for young people to hang out. If it had not been for Sonny, his staff and “THE Rec Department” I do not think I would have made it to adulthood.

Coach Charlie Pruett, a coach that was a genuine Christian who lived his Christianity in a way that was modeled not mandated. Coach Pruett created a culture of honor in a sport that was violent and unmerciful. “You will not win by just showing up. You will have to hit harder and play smarter than the person opposite you in order to win” was a favorite quote that I remember!

Max Braun, the greatest high school baseball coach any athlete could ever play for. His obsessive compulsive focus on the fundamentals of the game and getting and staying in shape helped to shape the disciplines in my life that I needed to carry me past the problems of that day into my future.

Max’s knowledge of the game of baseball and his incessant demand for excellence enabled me to enter into professional ball not needing to be taught any of the fundamentals required to play the game of baseball efficiently and effectively.

The level of discipline he exerted on our teams helped to keep me anchored to my dream of playing in the Major Leagues. Although I strayed in certain ways I remained steadfast in my quest to reach my full potential and fulfill what I believed my purpose in life was.

The last shall be first!

Donna Drury, my wife of 41 years and the love of my life for 44 years. We connected at the “Rec” and have been on an amazing adventure together. Donna’s loyalty and level headedness has kept me pursuing what I am passionate about and life would never be the same without her. She has always been there to help me press on during the hard days that at times turned into weeks, months and even years at times. Donna’s passion for love and life have been an inspiration to me. Her dedication and determination to pursue excellence has helped me understand the difference between a spirit of excellence and the spirit of perfectionism. Perfectionism is a cruel taskmaster while excellence is a virtue to be attained.

The absolute most important Person in my life, although until I was 23 years old I did not have a relationship with Him, is the God and Father of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God gave me passion and purpose. He instilled into me in my mother’s womb certain innate abilities that more than compensated for my lack of size and speed. Instinctively ‘knowing’ where to be and when to be there allowed me to make plays other players only dreamed of. These are qualities and characteristics that cannot be taught, just like heart, effort, passion and purpose.

The greatest gift I believe He gave me is the belief that I was born for greatness. I have carried greatness in my heart all of my life. I ‘instinctively’ knew, and I am still keenly aware that I was not born to be normal. That ‘knowing’ has driven me to get the most out of my life no matter what life presented me or where life took me.

Photo journey!






“24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” [1 Corinthians 9]
I have always ‘run’ to win!
I will always ‘run’ to win!
For the glory of God!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury
His Hisstorymaker