Don't Let The Enemy Distract You
In a world full of distractions, it can be difficult to focus on what truly matters. You see, the enemy uses distractions to destroy purpose and some of us feel simply defeated because we’re distracted. Some of us feel like we’re wrestling with God, but the reality is we’re wrestling with our distractions. The enemy hates it when you live out your calling in obedience to God and he will do anything in his power to distract and deter you from the path that God has called you to; for the enemy hates that God has given you purpose.
“Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”— Ephesians 6:11
Notice how the Word says strategies - plural. There are countless ways that the enemy can use distraction as a tool to divert us from God’s plan. Somewhere along the way, humanity lost its purpose and ever since we’ve been distracted from what really matters. One way that distraction occurs is in the form of procrastination.
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do...” — Ephesians 6:7-8
Procrastination essentially delays us from completing the work God has assigned for us. We've all been guilty of wasting the gift of time that God has given us. As a generation, we've become addicted to social media. We can spend hours simply scrolling and yet, we fail to schedule appointments with God.
An indication that we need to detox from something is when it begins to take God’s rightful place in our lives. Social media is not necessarily a bad thing, but it leads us to want to trade real authentic relationships for virtual relationships, paving the way for even more distractions than ever before. As a result, we’ve lost true connection, we’ve lost productivity and we’ve lost purpose.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” — Matthew 4:1-4
Notice how Jesus did not need to perform to prove Himself because He already knew His identity. Jesus knew that people only applaud what they value, but He also knew that applause and clapping causes distraction and distraction causes a change in direction. Yet, so many of us let the opinions of others dictate the course of our lives and as a result, we become dependent on others to validate us, distracting us from the truth of who we are in Christ. Many of us become our own enemies when we let our past distract us from our future.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” — Ephesians 2:10
The truth is God is calling us to devotion in a time of distraction. Yet the Devil uses temptation to exploit our weaknesses and distract us from the Creator. In this season of Lent, we’re called into the wilderness and into a season of spiritual growth through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Distractions are an inevitable part of prayer. It’s so easy for the mind to wander and for us to feel discouraged in the midst of spiritual dryness.
If your relationship with God isn’t where you want it to be, you have the opportunity to start over again. Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking that it’s too late to start again because that in itself is an unnecessary distraction.
The Book of Nehemiah is all about purpose and waiting for permission to pursue the plans God has for you. The Biblical Story outlines how the City of Jerusalem had been destroyed and how God approved of Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the Temple. Yet, throughout the process, Nehemiah faced a lot of opposition which essentially aimed to demoralise and distract the Jews from achieving the vision that God had placed on their hearts.
The enemies during the time of Nehemiah were persistent in trying to discourage the Jews from rebuilding the Temple. But, Nehemiah stood firm in the truth and trusted that this was the vision God had permitted him to pursue. Nehemiah knew that the enemy's purpose was to discourage them from the task that God had set before them.
“I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.” — Nehemiah 6:8-9
When you’re trying to build God’s Kingdom here on Earth, don’t be surprised when the world tries to tear it down. If God has assigned a task for you to complete, don’t be distracted by what others have to say. Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you from the place that God has called you to, rather let it motivate you to accomplish the task with even greater determination. Don’t let the enemy shame you and prevent you from speaking the truth. Don’t let the enemy discourage you from building up the Kingdom. If God has put something on your heart, don’t let others deter you from finishing what God has started...
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