When I read this portion of the book it struck me like a two-by-four right between the eyes.
I never really sat and thought about how the devil uses distraction as one of his vices to destroy us?
I usually think of Satan as scheming and conspiring to do evil things such as tearing apart a marriage or relationship; causing lust or hate or anger to stir up inside of us or causing mayhem and terror! I’m beginning to realize that, although these are his ultimate goals for us, he does his destruction in more subtle ways.
Pastor Levi quotes 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
Can you think of a few things that appear good on the outside but are slowly destroying you on the inside?
Can you think of a few ‘good’ things that have taken the place of the most important things?
After all, as a Christian, what is the most important thing – spending time with God.
The devil is constantly trying to keep us from having a close relationship with God; he entices us with T.V. and entertainment; he tempts us into missing church so we can ‘rest’ a little or ‘spend time’ with the family. When we sit down to read the word or a devotional, all of a sudden he whispers in our ear and reminds us to check our e-mails, view our social media accounts or what about that ‘all too important task’ that must get done this minute.
All of these things in and of themselves are good, there’s nothing wrong with television (depending on what you’re watching) or resting or enjoying your family; there’s nothing wrong with checking email or social media – it’s when these ‘good’ things take the place of the most important thing.
I admit that I am guilty of being easily distracted; God has blessed me with a creative mind that can do great things for his glory but the devil knows how to use it against me.
He knows my constant need to be challenged; my desire to learn and grow and although these are blessings from the Lord, if not kept in proper order it can and has led me astray and away from God’s will.
Just writing these blog posts is a constant battle with the devil; I can’t tell you how many times I get started only to be distracted and led astray. Things I haven’t thought of in weeks pop in my head and I often fall prey to his feeble plans and distractions.
I am, however, starting to learn how to fight back and I suggest you do the same.
Destroy the Distractions
Here are some things that I’ve put into practice which I encourage you to do as well:
1. Pray even before your feet hit the ground in the morning.
There are so many traps and pitfalls that the devil has set before you and it’s easy to stumble into them if you’re not following God’s path. So pray for the Lord’s guidance, ask Him to lead the way and prepare you for what the day may bring.
2. Take inventory of those ‘good’ things that have taken the place of the most important thing.
It’s hard to fight a battle if you don’t know what you’re up against. You may not even realize that there are good things causing destruction in your spiritual and even personal life.
Maybe you’re focused on trying to be a good wife, spouse or parent and it has left little room for you to focus on being a godly wife, godly spouse or godly parent. Maybe it’s the need and desire to provide for your family that eats up all of your time and leaves no room for the Lord. Maybe you just like to relax and ‘veg’ out but in doing so you completely shut out your alone time with God. I can go on and on, there are a multitude of things out there and everyone has their vice. If you’re not sure exactly what yours is, ask God to reveal it to you (however, I bet if you thought long and hard you could figure it out.)
3. Pray specifically about these distractions.
Acknowledging the distractions and then bringing them before God is the only way to defy the devil and gain victory over them. The Lord will help you conquer these distractions and help you put them in their rightful place.
4. Put the distractions in their rightful place.
If you noticed, I said God will help you put these distractions in their rightful place, I didn’t say he’ll completely get rid of them because, it’s not that God doesn’t want us to enjoy the good things in life, it’s that he doesn’t want them taking his place. You must do your part in putting these distractions in their place and allow God to help you keep them there.
Each time, before I sit down to write or read His word I pray specifically for God to remove the distractions and help me to focus on His word and hear what he has to say to me and there is no good thing that can take the place of this great thing!
Why not start off 2016 by outwitting the devil and his devious plots; destroy the distractions so that they don’t end up destroying you!
“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
Are there ‘good’ things currently distracting and keeping you from God and His word? Did today’s post speak to you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts; feel free to share in the comments below.
Thank you for visiting – God Bless.
(For more information on Pastor Levi Lusko’s book, visit the ‘Books‘ section of this blog.)