Distraction. Have you ever walked into a room only to forget what you were doing? My sister, that is the story of my life! There are days where it's virtually impossible to stay focused! Can I get an Amen?
Earlier this morning, during my run, the Lord gave me an idea for a devotional. When I returned home, I began to google possible titles; I wanted to be sure the idea I had wasn't already taken.
As I searched, a website popped up with some really cute clothes. Satan knows my weaknesses for sure! I love to shop for new clothes; especially when they have graphics on them about Jesus! So of course I clicked on the site. Would you believe they were having a sale? Again, Satan knows my weaknesses. Funny how something so good can be such a distraction.
Before long, I had a shirt in the cart ready for purchase. I didn't stop there. I started looking for my kids! I found some more cute stuff; shocker. Satan had me right where he wanted me. And, for a time, I was clueless. I just continued to shop, enjoying the products. Although shopping can be good, this time it was a distraction from the enemy disguised as my best friend. Boy Satan sure knows what he is doing.
In the words of pastor Steven Furtick, "Since the devil can't destroy you, the best he can do is distract you." Let that sink in. How many times throughout the day are we distracted? Countless, right? Now, stop and think for a moment about those distractions. From what do they keep you? How long before you realize you're not doing what you set out to do? Satan is at work, and we don't even know it.
The Bible tells us in the book of John chapter 10, verse 10a "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." Satan has his own goals, and I assure you he is not going to get distracted from blocking your goals; especially when yours is to share Jesus. Nope, my friend, his time is wearing thin and he knows it. So he has made you, us, his target.
Let me break down that verse. First, Satan comes to steal. What is the one, valuable thing you can never get back once it's gone? Time. Satan uses distractions all day long to steal our time. Time away from our spouse, kids; you fill in the blank. He steals our time by distracting us. When we are trying to get something done, whether it be spending time with our family or working on a project, if we aren't careful, that time will be gone and we can't get it back.
Second, Satan comes to kill. What are your dreams/goals? Not the small goals of everyday life, but the deep dreams and goals of your heart. Now that you've thought about it, why haven't you reached them? There can be many reasons for this, but entertain this one for a moment. Let's say your goal is to lose weight. How has Satan killed that goal? Has he distracted you with food? Has he used tragedy or depression? Fear or defeat? Do you see it now?
Third, Satan comes to destroy. Since he cannot ultimately destroy you, unless you just completely reject Jesus, he will make your life a living hell by destroying your sense of purpose. Your very core to who you are and why you are here. What is your purpose? Why are you here? Are you so distracted by life that you haven't even stopped to think about your purpose? Have you volunteered yourself so much to others you've lost who you were really created to be?
When I finally realized what was happening, I decided to not get the shirt. (Although it was really cute and had a Jesus message on it!) I clicked off the site and went back to what I had set out to do. Although I cannot get that time back, I can regain my focus. When I give my time, work, desires, dreams, etc to God, and ask Him to help me stay focused, I am better prepared for those distractions. I am ready to fight those distractions and I can recognize those distractions more quickly.
Have you lost focus? Are you just living minute by minute, pushed back and forth by distractions of life? I encourage you, friend, to refocus on Jesus. Center your life back in alignment with His. Satan might come to kill, steal, and destroy but that verse doesn't stop there. Let's finish that verse from earlier. John 10:10b, in the words of Jesus himself, "I have come that they (YOU) may have life, and that they (YOU) may have it more abundantly." Jesus came so that we might have life, and not just a mundane life of just getting by. He died for you and me to have a life full of abundance through Him.
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