Good day People of GOD
Three posts ago, we started a series on distractions. This is the fourth and final part as promised. Today, we will be looking at 1 Corinthians 16: 9, where Paul speaks of open doors and how there are many adversaries he faces as a result. How does this Scripture relate to distractions?
For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16: 9).
Distractions are a tool of the devil to distract you from GOD’s Plan for your life. Satan sometimes sends things your way to serve as a distraction when he has seen what GOD has in store for you. One prayer my parents constantly pray is: ‘We rebuke every distraction in JESUS’ Name! What we did not think of will not spoil what we are thinking of in JESUS’ Name!’ This prayer asks GOD to prevent anything that can distract HIS Plan from taking place in your life. For instance, if you suddenly fall sick before you take that great job or start grad school, won’t you use all your money and resources to take care of your health instead of focusing on excelling at your job or studies? Another example is where someone gets into university and that is when their benefactor suddenly has an unexplained heart attack and dies. These are examples of satanic distractions. A distraction that cannot be explained in physical terms, does not make any sense, and could divert you from GOD’s Plan is a distraction from the pit of hell! May you not be diverted from GOD’s Purpose in JESUS’ Name!
I know there are people who don’t believe that satan exists or that he goes after their welfare, but that’s a simplistic view. If you think that satan does not do anything, then, where do evil things and disasters come from? Everything has a basis or foundation. Evil things do not come from GOD for there is no wickedness in HIM (Psalm 92: 15). Moreover, if you believe in JESUS, and what HE says in the Bible and in HIS Ministry, you will know that the devil is on rampage, seeking whom to devour: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10: 10 NIV). Who is the thief JESUS speaks about? Moreover, why did JESUS say:
And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16: 18 AKJV).
I just had to clarify the point above because someone told me they don’t believe that distractions can come from the devil. The devil does not want you to prosper or to fulfill GOD’s Plan your life. He is doing everything to prevent that. This is why when great and effectual doors open, there are many adversaries (1Corinthians 16: 9). People say that nothing good comes easy. Why is that?
See what happened in Nehemiah 4: 1-6 (NIV):
Opposition to the Rebuilding
4 [a]When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”
4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[b] the builders.
6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, along with other dedicated Jews. Sanballat and the others were very unhappy and sought to frustrate his work. They ridiculed the workers and mocked them. The point: the devil was working though Sanballat et. al., to disrupt GOD’s Work, but he failed because Nehemiah prayed for GOD’s Intervention and the work was able to go on. In the end, the Jews under Nehemiah’s leadership succeeded in rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem in 52 days (Nehemiah 6: 15).
So, what do you do when you are facing a satanic distraction? How do you react to the works of the devil? You should react to the ‘force’ of the devil with the Force of GOD. JESUS says: ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). Do not take issues like this lying low. A couple of things you can do are:
- First, repent of all known sin.
- Second, as the SPIRIT of GOD leads, you can fast as well as pray violent prayers using the Word of GOD, and decree your victory in JESUS’ Name. For at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that JESUS is LORD to the Glory of GOD the Father (Philippians 2: 10-11).
- Third, perform praise to GOD like David did (at midnight) (Psalm 119: 62), and keep proclaiming your victory in JESUS’ Name.
In conclusion, one of Messages of JESUS that resonates with the Church is that we should watch and pray and watch out for the Endtime:
34But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life—and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36So keep watch at all times, and pray that you may have the strength to escape all that is about to happen and to stand before the Son of Man.”
As for physical distractions, ask for the Grace of GOD to help you let certain things go, so that you can move forward in GOD’s Plan for your life. Moreover, the devil is one a rampage, and is doing everything he can to fight against GOD’s Kingdom and HIS People. All sorts of strange things are happening these days. But, Greater is HE who lives in you than he in the world (1 John 4: 4). Thus, it is up to you, me, and us as the Body of CHRIST to fight back and decree our victory in CHRIST, over the devil! We have to send the arrows from the pit of hell right back to where they came from.
GOD bless you, GOD bless the Church, GOD bless HIS Coming Back. Amen.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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