In today’s world it is easy to get distracted. Distractions are the cause of most accidents. Our mind tends to focus automatically on what we're surrounded by. Distractions are designed to take our focus off of our goal and have us to become fixated or slack in the very thing that's most important. Distractions can make us unfruitful and open a door for the enemy to work in our lives.
We will generally encounter distractions when we are getting close to achieving something that will take us to the next level in our lives. God warns His people of the danger of becoming distracted. He warns us not to take our focus off of His Word and become distracted by what's going on around us.
Satan is the "Master of Distraction". He will try to distract us from our purpose. Satan will try to distract us from living for God as we should. Distraction is one of Satan's tactics that he uses to try to prevent us from pursuing the purpose and mission of God for our lives and ministries. Satan loves to see God out of our lives or in the background of our lives, and he loves for us to slowly drift away from God's purpose and plan for our lives. Persecution is another distraction Satan uses.
Matthew 5:11 tells us, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." Matthew 5:12 says, "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
The Bible says we should do the following…when persecuted: Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
Satan tried to distract Jesus during Jesus' wilderness experience and at Capernaum, as He was entering into His powerful ministry. Satan tried to distract Jesus from His purpose, in Matthew 4, when He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights. He tried to get Jesus to turn the stones to bread, to throw Himself off the pinnacle of the temple, and to lust for riches and to worship him. But Jesus said, "It is written". Jesus quoted him the Word each time He was tempted. In Matthew 16:21-23 the devil tried to distract Jesus again by using Peter's mouth. But Jesus said, "Get thee behind me, Satan." We, too, can be certain Satan will use the same tactic of distraction against us!
We must be like Daniel. He didn't care what was going on. He prayed 3 times a day: Morning, noon, and night. Even when he knew that the king had signed the petition that said no one was to call on any god for 30 days, he still opened his windows and prayed unto God Almighty. They threw him in a den of lions, but God delivered him out. Daniel was not distracted from his purpose. Because of that... a whole nation honored God.
We must rid ourselves of distractions so that we can stay on the right path toward purposeful action… daily! In doing so we will come to a wealthy place in God so that we can be blessed and be a blessing to others!
The Word of God shows us the enemy's tactics and strategies. If we stay in fellowship with God and read His Word every day we will not be deceived or distracted by the things the devil throws at us. If we fail to prioritize properly, we could easily neglect the most important focal point... which is: Seeking the Kingdom of God.
Peace and blessings,
Carole C. Good