DistractionsThursday, April 6, 2017
Philippians 4:6 (Mirror Bible)
Let no anxiety about ANYTHING DISTRACT you. Rather translate moments into prayerful worship. And soak your requests in gratitude towards God.
The Greek definition for this word anxiety is to cause distraction and to cause your attention to be divided and fractured into pieces.
Distractions are all around us and they are meant to fracture and divide our attention from God, and ultimately meant to separate us from His presence. God does NOT separate us from His presence, we separate ourselves because our interests have become so divided that He no longer holds that supreme place in our heart.
DISTRACTIONS are sent from the evil one, the devil himself, meant to cause us to stumble and ultimately fall. Do you know that even the Godly desires you have can become a distraction to the call and plan of God for your life? For example, a Godly desire that a woman may have is for a husband, but if she allows that desire to usurp and take the place of God in her heart, that once Godly desire has now become a distraction to detour her from the plan of God for her life. Her thoughts and heart, instead of being preoccupied with God and His Word, are now preoccupied with this future husband she has yet to meet. It now has become a weight and burden to her that is hindering her from running her race with God. Do not let ANYTHING distract you! Do not look to the left or to the right but keep your eyes set on Jesus (The Word of God) who is the author and finisher of our faith.
I heard a minister say once that if we are "needs focused" we have just stepped into the enemy's territory. Well, this is scriptural, look at Matthew 6:33 and Psalm 37:4!
Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
When we get our desires right everything else falls into place. I challenge you today, stop looking at your need, stop looking at your desire, that thing that has preoccupied way too much of your energy and time, that has usurped the place of God in your heart, and turn and look wholeheartedly to Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of your faith. Delight yourself in the Word of God and you will find that every desire is met!