The Danger of Distraction

by APC on June 20, 2019

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:10–18, KJV).

Identifying Distractions

We need to be able to identify distractions that manifest in our lives and have the knowledge to put them aside and continue in God’s will. True life is mentioned twice in the Bible (Proverbs 4:19). If there’s a true life, the inverse is true: there’s a false life. If we’re not living the true life, we’re living a life of distraction. Our true life is going to be living in alignment with God’s Word and driven to fulfill the great commission: winning souls! Distractions will try to keep us from this effort, which is why we must keep it at the forefronts of our minds. We must think about discipleship!

5 Steps to Control Our Thoughts

There are steps the Christian must employ in order to control our thoughts and eliminate distractions. A key component is knowing God’s Word. We can only profess to know the Word if we read it, which only comes by making time daily. Scripture calls us to be students of the Word. Reading the Word of God helps it finds a lodging place in our hearts. We can lean on the Word and bring it to remembrance when we need to control our thoughts.

After establishing a foundational knowledge of the Word, and continuing to build upon it, we need to embark on a journey to control and block thoughts that speak contrary to the Word. The first step is to “think” about what we’re thinking about. We should compare every thought to God’s Word. We need to determine if the thoughts are profitable and if they glorify God. If they don’t, eliminate them! Part of this step is knowing how to reject the lies of the enemy. He will speak false words into our lives; therefore, we must cast them away. If we choose to entertain these thoughts, they can turn into actions and become serious distractions. To combat these false words, we  need to speak the truth instead.

Lastly, the start of every good fight is to don the proper armor. The helmet of salvation must be applied daily; it’s a strong defense against the confusion the enemy tries to bring into our minds. Wearing this helmet helps to remind us that we’re in a war and we must fight the good fight of faith!

Distractions of the Enemy

The enemy wants to get us unplugged from the church and to create disunity in the Body. If Satan can get us to align to our own ideals and desires of the flesh, he can infiltrate and break down the Church. We must remain united to the Church by staying engaged in services and our own personal development, through prayer, fasting, and devotion.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 19, 2019 with Guest Teacher, Pastor Pollard