Are you being distracted?
Are you frustrated?
Do you even know you are being distracted?
These days the enemy likes nothing better than to get your mind off of Christ. And I have to say he is doing a pretty good job of it, well at least in my life he is.
If we let him the enemy will fill every available moment with little tasks which in turn begin to morph into larger ones resulting in a snowball effect of distractions. For me, it results in a multitude of frustration ending with a wasted day. But wait, it doesn’t end there because that’s when I start to ponder over how my time got wasted on the little tasks which turned into all day affairs and even now as I sit and type my “todo list” is calling me.
Oh, Lord, help me to stay focused on You and Your will for my life as I go throughout my day, Amen!
Now it’s time for me to finally get in His word. Well, not only did I waste time on the little tasks but it seemed to have sucked all the energy right out of me as well leaving me too tired to spend time with the Lord. Oh, how the enemy likes nothing better than to put you to sleep while reading the word of God. Has anyone else experienced this in their life or are you experiencing it right now? Because I am!
Christian, we need to wake up we can’t let the enemy steal this from us!!! We must fight and press through the fatigue because the enemy is all too willing to remind us of just how tired we are. We can’t let the enemy have any more ground because he has already taken and stolen far too much from us as it is, don’t you agree? !!!
I say all of this to tie in the devotion I read a couple of weeks ago which had to do with self-talk. The devotion came from The Word for Today entitled The Importance of Your Self-talk dated July 21, 2015 and here is the part that struck a chord with me:
“When you change your mind-you change your mood! It doesn’t happen automatically; you have to deliberately refocus your thinking at the very time you feel like doing it the least.”
This is the scripture that went with the devotion on July 21, 2015;
Lamentations 3:21 (NAS) ”This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.”
I personally like the new life version and I added a few more verses because
the Lord is mine, and I put my hope in the Lord. Amen!
Lamentations 3:21-25 New Life Version (NLV)
21 But this I remember, and so I have hope. 22 It is because of the Lord’s loving-kindness that we are not destroyed for His loving-pity never ends. 23 It is new every morning. He is so very faithful. 24 “The Lord is my share.” says my soul, “so I have hope in Him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the one who looks for Him.
I wanted to add this last portion about self-talk because it’s not about me talking myself into anything it’s really about me turning my focus back to Jesus and God’s word. Well, I guess there is a little “self-talk”;
‘Deb remember from whence your hope comes from…’
Just the mere mention of His name, ‘Jesus’ my mood instantly changes from not so good to good. How about you, does your mood instantly change for the better? If I can remember to look to Jesus even in the little tasks the enemy will have a pretty hard time stealing my focus well at least for that moment in time, right? Well, that’s my hope.
So Christian, remember to focus on Jesus every day especially when the enemy tries creeping in with the little distractions and don’t forget whispering his name brings the peace of God, Amen!