“But Jesus didn’t swerve. “Peter, get out of my way. Satan, get lost. You have no idea how God works.” Matthew 16: 23 – The Message Version.
Satan will use every device to distract our senses, control our minds for evil, and stimulate our emotions to weaken our faith, debase or souls and shift our focus.
He has carefully studied our cultivated character traits, preferences, weaknesses and the blind spots of our souls and he will take advantage of us….by using distractions.
Chronicled in Matthew 16: 20 – 23 is an interesting account of an individual who was used by Satan as a distraction.
In the account, Jesus revealed to His disciples that the time of His suffering was before Him. Peter, with the best intention, held Jesus’ hand and said, “Impossible, Master! That can never be!” Jesus, seeing beyond Peter’s words, commanded, “Get thee behind me, Satan.”
The devil used Peter, someone close to Jesus, as a distraction, to tempt and discourage Jesus from fulfilling His divine purpose.
Let us be honest, the devil will use the things and persons that are closest to us to tempt, discourage, dishearten and distract us. Sometimes the persons are unaware that they are being used (the best of men can be used to fulfill the purpose of the devil) but as Christ detected the presence of the enemy, so too must we train our minds to detect the things and persons that are sent our way by the devil himself to shift our focus from matters of priority.
I encourage you today, to pause and honestly identify the distractions in your life that are preventing you from being the God-blessed person that you are.
Ask yourself: What is stealing my peace? What is causing me the greatest worry? What is shifting my focus? What is stealing my time…time with God, time with self, time with those I love? What is preventing me from seeing myself as God sees me? Could it be a relationship, an opportunity, inner emotions, social media, unnecessary demands, uncontrolled passions, or meaningless pursuits?
Pause. Think. Be honest.
Maybe you have allowed the distractions to become deeply ingrained in your life’s routine that it is now difficult to identify them or maybe you fear addressing the distractions. Whatever your distractions are…ask God in your next encounter or dialogue with Him to reveal them to you. When they are revealed, ask God to show you the best approach to cut the controlling strings of your distractions from your life (Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33: 3).
Maybe you have you been trying to break the stronghold of the distraction…alone. Ephesians 6: 12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Lurking behind the distraction is the enemy working tirelessly for your soul. You are no match for the enemy…only God is. Resist the need to overcome the plaguing distraction on your own, and allow God to intervene.
Breaking the emotional ties we have with distractions is a challenge….it is never easy especially when the distraction satisfied an unmet need within our hearts. However, we must address them before they prevent us from fulfilling our God given purpose, seeing God’s signature in every circumstance and embracing who we are and could be in Christ.
The enemy is after your purpose and peace. He will send distractions your way. In most cases, he has guised these distractions in overalls that are appealing to the core of our being. Remain prayerfully alert. Just as Jesus spotted the devil from a mile away and said, “It is written, get thee behind me Satan,” when you identify the distraction, command the enemy to get behind you (Get behind me Satan), abide in God’s protecting presence and keep walking or crawling closer to your purpose that will give you ultimate peace.
Today’s declaration: I will no longer be a marionette to the distractions in my life. I will search my heart and face the triggers that cause me to give the distractions control. I will submit my spirit to the will of God. With God’s help, I will spot the devil from a mile away – he may use my boss, my partner, my friend, my coworker, my child, my business – whatever he uses I will see beyond the tool. I will allow God to break every wire of control of emotional, relational, social, spiritual and physical distractions in my life.
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