“And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”
When you kneel to pray, does your phone suddenly ring? When you’re in church; in the midst of praise and worship, does a baby start screaming so loud, you’re unable to hear the music? Or, when the pastor is in the heart of the message, someone’s cell phone rings! Know that these are not isolated incidents, Satan will do everything within his power to distract you from God’s divine purpose.
While Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness, the devil came and visited him with one goal in mind, distraction. What Jesus faced, we find the same key element of the devil’s plans that can be seen in the lives of those who live out the Christian faith. This key element is none other than DISTRACTION. During Jesus’ temptations you will see the devil trying his hardest to make Jesus lose his focus on the end goal. He has tried the same strategy in other’s lives and is still trying to distract us today from the end goal, from being the men and women whom we have been created to be.
Today we also have our own distractions in our own dwellings. These distractions which take us away from that Divine Love can be something as common as the sins that we know we commit. We all have those sins that we know we commit and know are wrong, and yet we always choose to overlook them and/or ignore them.
What happens when we start to move away from our sin and closer to God? All forms of distraction comes from every direction. We begin to doubt ourselves. We start to feel guilty about leaving our past behind. The sin even becomes more appealing than ever before.
Today our world is filled with the constant distraction of TV, radios, cell-phones, text messaging, e-mailing, facebooking, tweeting, and even iPhoning. Sure, many times these things seem harmless. Many times they have no ill effects, but there seems to be a growing void in our lives that we keep trying to fill up with distractions.
Remember that the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to help focus him and rid him of the political scene, the crowds, the fame, and the distractions. The Spirit leads us into the desert to help focus us as well to rid us of our own temptation, the temptation that is simply our own agony of distractions. Stay focused in your spiritual walk. The spiritual hunger pains will come, the distractions of life will come, and the demons and devils will come in all forms of temptations and distractions, but stay focused. If and when you lose focus, take time to refocus for the journey. The desert is there for us to become rejuvenated psychologically and revitalized physically and resurrected spiritually.
Satan uses our weaknesses to pull us away from God, and like a small child, we wander away. Stay in prayer. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Amen.
Scripture of the day: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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