Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dealing With Distractions

"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do
according to
all the law which Moses My servant commanded
you; do not turn from
it to the right or to the left, so that you
may have success
wherever you go." Joshua 1:7-8

In Joshua 1:7-8, God gives us some key principles that we can apply
in making the transition from our situation to our destinations.
The first thing God warns His people of is the danger of becoming
distracted. He warns them not to take their focus off of His Word
and become distracted by what's going on around them. You will
generally encounter distractions when you are getting close to
achieving something that will take you to the next level in your

Distractions are designed to take your focus off of your future and
cause you to become fixated and stuck in your present situation.
Some of the most dangerous distractions are those that don't make
much noise but creep in while we're at ease. The apparent ease
that we enjoy often causes us to forget about the work that still
must be done in order for God's promises to manifest in our lives.
A season of calm can cause the most diligent of us to become slack
in the very thing that got us headed in the right direction. The
enemy knows we pray more fervently and are more diligent in our
efforts to be delivered, when we're in trouble then when we're at
ease. Therefore, he allows a season of "trouble free living",
hoping that we will take our focus off of destroying his work,
slowing being lulled asleep. Once at ease, we don't discern his
activity in our lives and slowly find ourselves struggling with the
same things we once overcame. Remember, nothing is truly free
unless it comes from God. There is always a cost - even to what
appears to be peace.

Often, when we are at ease we allow God to slip into the background
of our lives and we slowly drift away from His purpose and plan for
our lives. If the truth were told, that is the reason many of us
are in the situations we're in now. This is why we must stay
focused on where we are going and what we are trying to accomplish.

Distractions also feed of our doubts and fears. When Peter began
to walk on the water, he did not sink because he couldn't finish
what he began to do. He sank because he became distracted and
fearful of what was going on around him. As he stepped out and did
the impossible, the bible says that the storm around him became
more fierce. This is a primary mode of operation of the enemy.
If he can't stop you then he will try to distract you. You must
be determined to finish what you've begun and be ready to face the
certain distractions that will arise.

Your success will be found in your ability to keep your focus on
what is ahead of you and not be distracted by what is going on
around you. Distractions are not always giants or storm, but can
also be found a season of apparent ease. The most dangerous enemy
one can face, is an enemy that has not been detected. The Bible
promises, "He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
on Him, because he trusts in Him" (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).

Dr J C Mathews


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