Have you ever been in the middle of a prayer or listening to someone pray when your mind gets brought to some random weird place? Like wrestling Sponge Bob Square Pants over a triple-decker ice cream cone. No? I’m the only one? Lord have mercy! This is a real type of spiritual warfare that manifests into our lives.
The high point of being all around Israel last week was the day we spent around the Sea of Galilee. This is where Jesus told Peter and others they would be fishers of men and to follow him, where he walked on water, calmed the waves from the storm, and many other miracles. It was the end of the day and we were asked to sit alone, and quietly reflect on what we saw that day as we watched a magnificent sunset. Seems peaceful right? Guess again!
There was active excavating going on and a man on a Bobcat machine was moving rock right behind us and was making what seemed to be noises louder than a Metallica concert. The loud reverse BEEP–BEEP–BEEP was ear piercing, all while we were supposed to be reflecting on what God had showed us that day. As soon as we stood up to leave, the guy turned the Bobcat off. The timing was ridiculous enough to move me to laughter even though I was quite fuming.
Satan tries to mock everything God does. Everything in his kingdom is opposite from God’s kingdom. He gives fear instead of faith, worry instead of peace, death instead of life, etc. Satan is the “Master of Distraction”. He will try to distract us from our purpose. He tried to distract Jesus in the wilderness, what makes us think he won’t try to distract us?
Identifying those distractions and knowing where they come from should allow us to be prepared for when they happen so we can defeat them.
Formula of the Week
Foresight + Preparation > Distractions
Question of the Week
When was the last time you felt a timely distraction? What did you do about it? Drop a comment and let us know.