So while driving home tonight I began reflecting on some of the awesome conversations I have been having lately with my friend Kit. We were talking about our struggles, our dreams, our goals, what Gods doing in our life etc. We have also been talking about what the devil has been using/doing to distract us.
Lets get real for a minute. The devil is here to kill,steal, and destroy. It’s that simple. If you are a Christian, he will try to make your life a living hell. If you feel like your life is a living hell, then open your eyes and start assessing the situation.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
What has your life been looking like lately? It got me thinking about my own life. What has been distracting me lately from fully pursuing God? It has been my own insecurity and doubt about my future and how God is going to get me to where I know He has called me to be. I have been freaking out and doubting God’s faithfulness and love for me because the devil was able to put a thought in my head and that has been all I can focus on! Shut the front door, I let the devil distract me and spin me into a crazy cycle of doubt and confusion while God has been saying, “Why the HECK are you listening to someone whos sole purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy??”
If you let the devil distract you by placing a thought into your head and then you only seem to focus on that thought/subject/issue and stop listening to what God has to say – then you just need to stop, take a breath and tell the devil to go back to hell where he belongs.
This week in my quiet times I have been realizing how …… I don’t even know how to describe it….. Gods love is. It is so much “more” than I have ever realized. I have been realizing that if the devil can distract me from that love then I can become unfaithful with the small things that God has entrusted me with (reading my bible, pursuing God on more than sunday, reaching out of my comfort zone in faith etc). If I become unfaithful with the small things, then how is God going to trust me with the BIG things He has planned for my life? From a simple distraction, I could let the devil keep me from my future because I am too focused on whatever I might be struggling with. The devil will try to keep you from growing, prospering, living abundantly in Gods love. When you forget how much God loves you, you become apathetic to serving Him. As my brother has tattooed on his calf “Go for broke”. If we aren’t going broke (giving everything we have) for Jesus and living a life for His cause, then we are merely living a life that is pleasing to the enemy. He has distracted us enough to keep us from doing the most important thing while on this earth and that is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Hebrews 12 (message)
1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Don’t let the devil distract you. If you are struggling with something in your life, don’t let it consume you so much that you stop running the race. Drop it at the cross and remember that HE is faithful to His promises. His love for you is more than you can ever imagine and I pray that this week you experience it in a whole new way.
“Go for broke”.