START YOUR DAY WITH PRAISES AS YOU BLESS THIS DAY AND ALL YOU HAVE – STATE HOW YOU WANT YOUR DAY TO GO. PROCLAIM THE PROMISES AND FRAME YOUR DAY WITH YOUR WORDS! ANOINT THE DAY. YOU ARE ANOINTED AND APPOINTED FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS! BELIEVE IT!
For the week of April 30- May 4, the word is DISTRACTION
1 Corinthians 7:31-33 (Message)
29-31I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple —in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.
32-35I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.
The enemy knows the Word better than most Christians. He knows YOUR weaknesses and he knows well how to distract you. He knows how to complicate your thinking and your day. The only weapons you have to combat his tricks are the development of your knowledge and understanding of the Word as well as your development of your level of intimacy with the Father. Do you know who you are according to your Father? Do you know who are according to the Word? Do you know the marvelous plan God has for your life? If you don’t know that you know that you know at least pieces if these then the enemy will always be able to not only distract you but torment you!
When was the last time you spent intimate time with God? When was the last time you added more details about who you are to memory banks? When was the last time you reinforced your understanding by requiring His Presence? What are you allowing to distract you? What has pulled your eyes to left or right? Are you a warrior or a bystander? Many are called but few choose (Matt 22:14)! It’s your choice what you allow to distract you and what you absorb into your day. The Word is your weapon but you are Jesus’ weapon. You are His hands and feet on the Earth. You are His mouthpiece. Do not lay down your weapons – do not look to the left or the right.
20My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
21Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
24Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
25Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
26Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
27Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
(Proverbs 4:20-27 Amplified)
If you are looking to the left or the right you will miss the frontal assault.
To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
A house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25)! Do not be divided in your thoughts or actions! Stand and having done all you know to do continue to stand (Eph 6:13)! Maintain the course! Study to show yourself approved and a useful vessel. Fight the good fight of faith. Distractions lead to fear – distractions lead to division – distractions lead to instability! Choose to remain fixed and stable. Choose to study the Word. Choose to be a usable vessel. Choose to be His weapon and warrior. Choose – choose well…