Distractions part II – understanding their purpose and how to deal with them

In the first few comments about distractions we talked about staying focused on God and not allowing distractions to take your focus off of Him. I felt led to share this issue concerning distractions because I feel like there is someone out there who this will help. Let’s start with John 10:10 which teaches that the enemy (the devil) comes to steal, kill and destroy. His motive is to steal from you, destroy your life and kill you. That’s so you won’t fulfil the call that God has on your life; and by the way there are plenty of Christians that he has killed that went home to be with the Lord long before their time. If this is confusing to you and you want more information concerning this, just send me a note.

Anyway, sometimes when situations arise in our lives, we understand that they are distractions, but we don’t understand their purpose and how to deal with them. I will deal with both of these issues in this post. Let’s look at an example, and we’ll address both questions in the example. Let’s say that you have a meeting to attend. You hop in your brand new car and take off for the meeting. On your way your check engine light comes on. Then you realize that you left your portfolio for the meeting on the kitchen table. Then you realize that if you go back to get the portfolio, you will be late to the meeting, not to mention what should you do about the check engine light? Ignore it and keep driving or go immediately to the shop to have it investigated and forego the meeting, after all you did forget your portfolio.

What are the distractions in this scenario? Well obviously the check engine light coming on in your new car and the fact that your portfolio is on the kitchen table. What is the purpose of the distractions?  All of these events are centered around the meeting . Is God trying to tell you not to go to this meeting? Does God really need a check engine light to tell you something or for you to be forgetful to tell you something?  NO How does you being forgetful and a check engine light coming on bring God glory? THEY DON’T God is a Spirit and He speaks to our spirit. That feeling you get that says, don’t by this, or you won’t be happy if you do that, or go this way home and not that way, are the ways that God speaks to us. The first and foremost way He speaks to us is through His Word. So read His Word and the Holy Spirit will begin to teach you what He wants you to know. The devil is the prince of the world, which means he is in charge of this world system. He interacts with you through your five senses. He wants you to see something, hear something, touch something, etc. that will cause you to react a certain way, and his goal is to steal, kill and destroy. What do you think your reaction would be to the check engine light coming on in your new car? Would you be overjoyed and say thank you Jesus? I think not. You may be frustrated and angry especially since the car is brand new. Where do those feelings of frustration and anger come from? The enemy (devil).

So we see the purpose of the distractions are to get you angry and frustrated, and the devil hopes that you will act on your anger and frustration . . . like driving to the dealership and cursing out the service department because your brand new car shouldnt have any problems, or lying at the meeting about leaving your portfolio at home because you don’t want your boss to think you are careless or forgetful. . . so you tell him that you know all of the information required for the meeting and didnt need your notes. Now this distraction has led you to lie. So through this example we see that distractions are meant to get us outside of the plan and will of God. That answers question one, what is the purpose of a distraction.

Now on to question two, how do we deal with them?  The first thing is that we have to recognize them for what they are? We have to know that they come from the enemy and their intent is to get you outside of the will of God for your life. Once you know that, then you can deal with them effectively, with the Word of God. Let’s go back to our example. When we notice the check engine light and realize the portfolio is on the kitchen table, we should immediately begin to talk with God. A good thing to do in this situation is to bring God in remembrance of His Word. For example,  Psalm 37:5 says to commit thy way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will bring it to pass. Your confession can be, Father I don’t understand why these things are happening, but I trust you and I know that you will take care of me. Then you ask for His wisdom as to what to do concerning the meeting, your check engine light coming on and you not having your portfolio. James 1:5 teaches that if you need wisdom, ask God and He will give it to you. Wisdom is not something that you can get from a book, unless that book is the Bible. Wisdom is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. God will give you clear instruction if you will listen to Him and lean not to your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches that you can have an understanding but you should not lean to it. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and he will tell you what you should do.  Be led by the Spirit of God and not by your own smarts!  Don’t let distractions get the best of you. Be blessed.

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2 thoughts on “Distractions part II – understanding their purpose and how to deal with them

  1. “The devil is the prince of the world, which means he is in charge of this world system.”

    I have come to disagree that satan has CONTRL of the world. Based upon the same word of God that we sow. Not only did he suffer greatly during the ministry of Christ’s life but when Job lived he could not touch him but walked to and fro up and down the earth, Jesus said he saw satan fall like lighting and that he gave his disciples power to tread upon serpents, scorpions and power over all power of the enemy. So how could the prince of the power of the air be in charge and contraol of even this realm. I believe he temps to influence all mankind to fulfill any natural fleshly desire or will that we have had but when we resist him steadfast in the faith he flees showing again his feebleness. God blessed Adam and all creation to subdue, have dominion over the works of his hands, yes Adam lost it through disobedience to the word. But when Jesus restored us by his obediencve to the word he put us not only back in place as God set but now we have gone to the place that we even sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

    So much to write on God’s restoration of his people, but I’l save that for later.

    • Thanks for reading the blog and thanks for your post. You are correct when you say the devil is not in control of the world. Neither the devil, nor God is in control of the world. If God were in control of the world He would make everyone get saved. Everyone is not going to accept Christ and the work He did for us. We all have a free will and we can do as we please. God wants us to desire to worship Him of our own accord and not be forced to do it. God does not want a bunch of robots. We can accept the gift that God gave us or we can reject it. The earth belongs to the Lord – He gave dominion to Adam – Adam gave it to the devil – Jesus got it back, but only those who receive Jesus and walk in His ways will reap the work that He did. Let’s go into this a little more.

      The devil is, however, in charge of this “world system”. By that we mean the way things happen or the way things work here on earth. You can look around and tell it’s not God because of the hatred, killing, abuse, violence, poverty, lack, inability, etc. in the earth. Romans 12:2 teaches us to be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. What He is saying here is that we (the body of Christ) are not to be like or mold ourselves after the world, but we should renew our mind to the WORD of God. That says two things, one that the WORD must not be like the WORLD, otherwise He wouldn’t have said don’t adapt to the world and two that just because we are Christians it doesnt mean that good things on the earth are going to be automatic for us.We have to renew our mind and speak the Word concerning our situations.

      Let’s look at Matthew 4:8-9. The devil here is telling Jesus that he will give Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world and all of their splendor. How could the devil do this if he was not in control of them? He certainly can’t give what he doesn’t control. Let’s make clear here that the earth belongs to the Lord and the fullness thereof as is taught is Psalm 24:1. Just as you said, God gave Adam dominion over the earth and Adam gave that dominion over to the devil, making him (the devil) the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 teaches about the god of this world, and that god is the devil. John 10:10 makes it plain for us. The devil came to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came that we might have life and have life more abundantly. In this earth we have destruction, hatred, killing, abuse, poverty, depression, a down turned economy, sickness, death, etc. This is evidence that the world system is not in the hands of God, and I would say that we as a nation are straying further and further away from God. Where God is there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) abundance, ability, overflow, no sickness, no poverty, no disease, etc. Just as you say, those of us in the body of Christ are no longer slave or bound by the world system. We have overcome by the power of the blood of the lamb! John 16:33 teaches that Jesus has overcome the power of the world, and that we should be happy about it. We have overcome because we are in Him. Yes, we have overcome this world system because of our faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, but that does not mean that the world system does not exist. If we don’t renew our mind to the Word of God, we can and will be affected by the world. There are Christians today who have lined up their confession with the world about the economy – talking about economic downturn and hardship. The word of God says that if I am a giver, that He will supply all of my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. See Philippians 4:19 Confessing the Word enacts the work Christ did for the world. (shedding His blood ro bring us back in right relationship with God)

      Thanks for responding to the post. Be blessed and continue to let your light shine for Christ!

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