If the enemy can’t destroy you he will distract you. His goal is simple, He comes to steal, kill and destroy. You see, our adversary is predictable and uses the same old tricks time and time again. It is up to us to stay alert so that we won’t fall prey to the enemy.
The purpose of distractions are to get you out of God’s will. The enemy wants you so preoccupied with your situation that you take your eyes off of God. Focusing on your situation will make it seem like it’s bigger than God, but it’s not. God is greater than anything we could be up against.
How does the enemy use distraction?
He distracts us with words and with actions. Understand that when the enemy speaks it’s always a lie! God is Truth! The enemy is it from whom lies exist!
God is not Man that The Essence of God would ever Speak that which is not! Is the Universe not seen? Where from? The seen has come from the unseen! Yes, we have discussed this in shares past.
Are you real? Have you seen what you are made from? We can delve deeper into the Science! Molecules, atoms…where did these all come from?
God through His Word spoke The seen into existence. What is The Word of God? John 1:1 gives a clue. The Word made Man. God’s Word stepped way down lessening below angel’s. This gives/shares a clue! In The Image of God we are created! The Image of God! Is God seen?
There is no truth in Satan as he is the father of lies (John 8:44). You can discern his voice because it plants seeds of fear and doubt.
He’ll use anything: past wounds, idols in your life, social media, good God-given desires (such as the desire to be married), and even your friends.
If we fall for the distractions then we will become ineffective in our faith.
You have a unique purpose! Been led yet? But the enemy does not want you to live it out. He will use social media to get you focused on how much attention someone else is getting so you’ll pursue popularity instead of purpose.
Our adversary will send “friends” into your life who are fun to be around but discourage you from walking in obedience.
Realize that not all distractions are negative or troubling. Some look like answered prayers, like an individual who is seemingly everything you want! That’s why it’s crucial to use discernment.
What is discernment? It is ‘judging’ various spiritual agents for their moral influence. These agents are: from within the human soul itself, known as concupiscence. We can further understand it as is the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well (or the activity of so doing). Within judgment, discernment involves going past the mere perception of something and making nuanced judgments about its properties or qualities!
Remember this: All that glitters is not gold!
So what do we do? How do we avoid these pitfalls?
1) Expect the attack
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5 that the devil is looking for someone to devour, but many of us are still caught off guard when the attack and distractions comes. We have to expect that we will be attacked. We may not know how or when, but we can make an educated guess. Lions are fierce predators that isolate and attack a weaker or slower individual.
Since lions prey on the weak we can bet the enemy will attack us in areas where we are weak. You know what your struggles are, so take time to find out what God’s Word says about those areas in your life and memorize those scriptures. When the enemy comes to plant doubt and fear, be ready to talk back to him with TRUTH! (Know The Word!) We are spoken so often to about The Power in God’s Word! What is God’s Word?
We are right back where we started!Satan seeks to throw doubt/fear/dissapointment/the past/hurt…in your face! When you feel weak remember that God’s power is made perfect in weakness 2 Cor 12:10. God is with you, God’s Spirit is in you! Stand in God! Amen! So stand upright and do not be afraid!
“But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”
Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
“Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”
2) Walk in My God-given Authority
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
– Luke 10:19
Faith is knowledge of the unseen Hebrews 11:1. We circle this MOUNTAIN of blessings as we wait in joyful hope for The showers from Heaven to pour down!
Jesus has given us authority over ALL the power of the enemy – know this!
The enemy knows his time and power is limited, and that you can overcome him as a follower of Jesus, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in YOU! Yes! Amen, The same Spirit! Like begets like, no?
There is no need to run scared when he attacks; for where will you run to? Stand firm!
He’s attacking out of fear, not authority. Take time to study spiritual warfare. Read Ephesians 6 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. Once you understand that you’re the victor, it will change the way you view your circumstances and the way you combat attacks.
3) Stay close to the Shepard
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
– Psalm 23:4
Shepherds care for their sheep. They lead them to food, guide them away from danger, and protect them from attacks. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Stay close to Him. When we are under attack by distraction and afraid, our first instinct is to protect ourselves and run. But isolation is the worst thing you can do. Train yourself to run to the shepherd at all time, but especially when attacks come. That’s where the protection is. Jesus laid down His life for us. We can trust Him because He’s proven His Love for us.