In January of 2016, I was praying, and listening to The Lord, while preparing to minister at a local church. He gave me the following Word, which I am now compelled to share with you.
“Distractions are violations of the spirit and they cause you and others to stumble. They are used by the enemy to stir up strife and sow discord among the brethren and among men because they bring division to your spirit. Distractions will cause you to walk in a double-minded manner that will leave you empty-handed and empty-headed. The mind of Christ is always single-minded and single focused.”
The impact of this Word in my own life and those that received it have been life changing! The testimonies that I heard touched my heart, as I witnessed God do a deep work in the lives of His sons and daughters.
What is a distraction? A distraction is simply defined as, “A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.”
The synonyms for the word distraction lets us know why they are so deadly and why God is so opposed to them in our lives. Here are several of them, “frenzy, hysteria, madness, insanity, mania, etc.” These are all indicators of living a distracted life.
What causes distractions? Mark 4:18-19 (AMP) clearly answers this question for us;
“And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word.” “Then the cares and anxieties of the world and “DISTRACTIONS OF THE AGE,” and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.”
How do distractions affect our relationship with God? James 1:5-8 (AMP) gives us the answer;
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.” “Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.” “For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from The Lord.” “[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, he feels, he decides].”
Regarding distractions, the book of James has much to say about the repercussions of being double-minded. It is sobering to see for ourselves the fruitlessness of an “unstable and unreliable and uncertain” life.
How do we, “Dislodge Distractions”? Apply His Word!
Dislodge is defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as, “to drive from a position of hiding, defense or advantage.” “To force out of a secure or settled position.” When we wield the Word of God against those hardened places of hidden distractions in our hearts, we are actively driving out those distractions from their “secure or settled positions” in our lives.
What scriptures can I use to, “Dislodge Distractions”? The following scriptures will get you started.
1st Corinthians 2:16 (AMP),
“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His Heart.”
Colossians 3:1-3 (AMP),
“If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His Resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the Right Hand of God.” “And SET YOUR MINDS and KEEP THEM SET ON WHAT IS ABOVE (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” “For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:16 (AMP),
“Let the Word [spoken by] Christ (The Messiah) have its home [IN YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”
Dear friends, I call you “Mighty and Undistracted.” As you continue to search His Word and Abide in Him, you will “Be Strong and Live Free….. Boldly For Him”!
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