Good day People of GOD 🙂
“Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 TLB).
Today I just want to share something about distractions that I think prevent people from fulfilling GOD’s Plan for their lives.
There are two types of distractions: physical distractions and satanic distractions. Physical distractions are those that are of a physical nature and those you just have to make up your mind to let go. Satanic distractions on the other hand are those that are of a spiritual nature, and require that you be spiritually vigilant and prayerful to avoid. This a series that will have four parts and I hope you will be blessed as we walk through the distractions that stand in the way of fulfilling GOD’s Plan together.
It is such a great privilege to be a Christian, and I wonder sometimes how my life would have been if I am not Christian. I would not have been alive today, I would not have been where I am now, I would have been very depressed and sad, and I would have missed out on so much of life. Running the race of destiny fulfilment is a tough one, but it takes the Grace of GOD and spiritual vigilance (being watchful and prayerful) to conquer the plans of the enemy. GOD is the Driver of the Car of your destiny; the Captain of the Ship of your destiny. But, when you start to take over this role from GOD or you stop following HIM, you lose sight of the Goal, and you end up in sin, depression, spiritual death, missed blessings, among other bad things.
When you lose sight of GOD – your Captain, fear and worry start to trouble you. GOD has promised that HE will lead and guide you in the Way that you should go (Psalm 32: 8). But, if you refuse to let HIM guide you, you will go the wrong way and get lost. That will not be your portion in JESUS’ Name. Paul says:
I’m saying this for your benefit, not to restrict you. I’m showing you how to live a noble life of devotion to the Lord without being distracted by other things (1 Corinthians 7: 35 GOD’S WORD Translation).
There are two types of distractions: physical distractions and satanic distractions. Physical distractions are those that are of a physical nature and those you just have to make up your mind to let go. Satanic distractions on the other hand are those that are of a spiritual nature, and require that you be spiritually vigilant and prayerful to avoid.
These are some of the physical distractions that I’ve found could be distracting one from GOD’s Plan. Anyone or all of them could be familiar to you. They include:
- People’s and worldly expectations. In relation to this, note the following Scriptures: 1 John 2: 15: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world (NIV) and Romans 12: 2: 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (NIV).
- Fear of taking the wrong step or fear in general.
- Selfishness or self-centredness.
- Work (sometimes).
- Worry. JESUS says in Mark 4: 19 (…but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (NIV))
- Lack of good sleep and exercise (if you are always tired and slow, how is GOD going to use you?).
- The past.
- Envy or jealousy.
- Technological advances: cell phones, social networks, TV, etc.
- Relationships (sometimes).
Why are these things distractions? They make you so busy you do not have time for the things that matter. Like Bible study, prayer, fasting, ministry, etc. And if you constantly let yourself get distracted, you cannot be useful in GOD’s Kingdom, because you would not be hearing from the LORD and would be too busy doing the wrong things! If you love someone, you would spend more time with them, and want to do activities they like right? The same principle applies in your relationship with GOD. Endeavor to spend more time with HIM and develop a more intimate relationship with HIM. That way, your heart will be totally closed off from worldly and satanic distractions that could destroy you.
Finally, what is the solution in relation to the distractions mentioned above: let them go. It is important to stay focused on CHRIST, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12: 2). Some of these distractions serve as a ‘hide-away’ from problems. For instance, some people indulge in lots of food when they are worried; or they look to friends and family when they have problems. However, GOD has said that all the world should look to HIM for Salvation; there is only one GOD and no other (Isaiah 45: 22). If you look to something else or someone else for help or ‘salvation’ when you are stressed, you will be letting distractions overcome you.
GOD bless you and until next time!
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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