Devils and Demons | The Destruction of Distraction
Holly Wells | Assistant to the Pastor
The little, non-intrusive interruptions are those often unnoticed. Maybe it is an unchecked thought out of nowhere in the middle of a prayer, to which you never return. Or what about when you check out of your day to peruse social media to “connect” with others only to get swept away and your few frivolous minutes became an hour (or more), and you feel emptier than when you logged on. Maybe constant worry and fear consume your thoughts, actions, and time, or is it relationships, food, shopping, video games, or…? What about something more obvious like sitting down to have quiet time with the Lord and every chore imaginable must be done right then otherwise the world will implode? Maybe you are getting ready to step out for the Lord in a new way, and your mind is soon taken captive by the vastness of your “disqualifications.” Whether it creeps in or we seek it, unguarded distraction is a simple yet powerful tool that can reap unimaginable destruction.
It all starts in our mind. If we haphazardly accept the “innocent” thought, if we willingly accept the counterfeit reprieve, or if our shame buys the lie, the hardest part of the battle is over, and the enemy can so readily declare, “Checkmate!” We are distracted so well that we are blind to it. What have we left behind in these moments? What have we compromised in these minutes? What thoughts, ideas, or deceit have we allowed in this season, or maybe years? Distraction can seem so innocent, so trivial, and so typical that we fail to consider guarding our hearts and minds – our defenses are down. We accept various forms of distraction throughout our day that we have willingly been disarmed – we sit as prey. Our minds are frequently bombarded with tempting invitations to “look here!” and “try this!” – we look everywhere, yet focus on nothing.
The moment we are captivated by the thought, the instant we are caught up with the distraction, our eyes are no longer on the Lord – this is a very dangerous place.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The Word of God is very clear that we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We need to be aware of what consumes our thought-life. Do our thoughts align to what the Lord would desire? Are our thoughts anchored to Him or are they fleeting out of control in every direction? What safeguards can help us?
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… Stand therefore, having girded your waist of truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for the saints…” Ephesians 6:11, 14-18
Each piece of the armor that God has provided is vital to fight off fiery darts, to stand steadfast and immovable, and it is essential to put on your armor! As a soldier prepares to enter the battlefield, so too must we! Notice the armor is both external – to protect the body – but also internal – to protect and gird our minds so that with the Lord, we will persevere.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Pray – ask the Lord to show you the distractions causing destruction in your life. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Seek – the Lord’s truth and instruction through His Word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Accept – be willing to accept what He reveals and seek accountability.
Repent – and apply His correction. (1 John 1:9)
Gird yourself – with the armor of God, take your thoughts captive, fix them on His truth.