Enlarge your territory. The devil can’t do anything to you. Don’t allow distractions too consume your time. You still have time to fulfill your God-given destiny. Don’t become so entangled in the affairs of others and just plain ole’ life that you literally forget who you are. Consider your life dear and don’t forget about your life. Don’t forget the visions and dreams revealed to your heart. May this word cause you to dream again in Jesus name! Be encouraged, God will restore time stolen and He will remind you of who He has called, appointed, and ordained you to be.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” Joel 2:25-26 KJV
Locust are insects sent to devour green living plants. Demons are strategically sent to devour or to consume the time of born-again believer’s who are alive & spiritually alert.
Sure, everyone has natural responsibilities and daily routine tasks. I’m speaking of things that continue to just pop up or have been added to your list without your request. Some of these responsibilities are part of your overall purpose and cause growth, but others have become liabilities, false burdens, and just clear-cut distractions that only you can speak to and have removed from your life. This is where the ability to discern comes in. Every born-again believer has this ability to discern between good and evil – and to deal with it or not. God will allow whatever you will allow. You have been equipped with spiritual authority and dominion over anything that would attempt to stop or block you.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen. 1:26, 28 NKJV
Distractions not only consume your time but will eventually consume your identity.
What is a DISTRACTION?
1. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
2. Confusion from a multiplicity of objects crowding on the mind and calling the attention different ways; perturbation of mind; perplexity; as, the family was in a state of distraction. [See 1 Cor 7]
3. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder
4. Madness; a state of disordered reason; franticness; furiousness.
5. Folly in the extreme or amounting to insanity.
The first and foremost thing in dealing with distractions is that one be not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). Distractions are demons undercover sent as decoys or ambushes. This teaching will expose the ongoing attempts to distract and cause one to lose focus of God-given destiny. “Remain creative” says the Lord. Your creativity has everything to do with your experiencing the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life. Genesis 1:26, reminds that we have been created in God’s image and in His likeness. He is the Creator; therefore, we have the same nature to create. So, create and recognize if you have ceased to create and share your God-given gifts with a world that is so in need of knowing that God is real. Our gifts and creativity are to give God the glory and glorify the Holy Spirit… ultimately drawing people to God and not our human personality.
What are Some Distractions from God-given Purpose?
People pleasing can cause a distraction. We cannot be moved by people. Please don’t find it challenging to simply say, “No”. Saying, “Yes” every time can get you off focus. Be free from people - unsaved, unfulfilled people can never be pleased anyway. On the other hand, saved, spirit-filled people that expect from you and not from God can never be pleased. Trying to please people can cause you to end up with a false burden that can lead to depression and oppression – two demons sent to delay fulfillment of purpose.
Relationships can cause a distraction if they are not divinely sent by God. People can most definitely be sent by the devil to rob a person of time and virtue. Evil communications not only ruin good behavior but also aids in premature aging.
Marriage can cause a distraction. One example is a person who married quick without Godly counsel and are now spending years trying to fix it.
Family can cause a distraction. What about the wrong choices of children? Selfish people never recognize the effect of their choices. They not only affect them, but also those who are directly connected with them. And then, you have family traditions and comfort zones that can delay or distract. Genesis 12:1-3 says it all, Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Memories can cause a distraction. Remembering, meditating, or repeating the past that was not good will cause a distraction and take you off focus.
Work or a job can cause a distraction. This is obvious when you see people who were on fire for the Lord or had a passion for something but no longer can find the time to serve in their local ministry or to simply create putting God-given vision on the backburner.
Unfulfilled dreams & frustrations of other people can distract you - if allowed. The spirit of jealousy will try to cloud your vision, draw you from creativity, consume your time, and attempt to get you frustrated. Jealous, envious spirits try to block your progress. These spirits hate to see you succeed. These demons are driven by the Jebusite - evil spirit I will discuss shortly.
Religion can cause a distraction. Having itching ears will eventually cause a void of God’s power in one’s life. God’s power is a must in fulfilling His purpose and remaining in faith (2 Tim. 4:3, 4).
Condemnation allowed can cause a distraction. When a mistake has been made and you ask God to forgive you - this act of faith must be received. If not, your mind will continue to remind you of your mistake and you will not ‘feel’ worthy in God’s presence (which will for sure cause you to lose focus). Romans 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. *The key is to stay in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Emotional breakdowns can cause a distraction. When emotional ‘excessively – crying uncontrollably, lost, confused, violent, etc.’ you will easily be out of faith and not be aware.