Staying focused on a task these days can prove to be quite difficult. How many times have you gotten distracted while doing a task? Distractions can be hard to ignore: a ringing phone, a chatty coworker, or a wandering thought-we’ve all been there! And once you attend to the distraction, at times, it can be difficult to get back on track.
We can probably relate to Peter in more ways than one: “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30
We must stay focused on our journey with the Lord. Peter got distracted by the winds and waves, haven’t we all been there? But imagine what Peter could have achieved if he just remained focused on the Lord?!
Imagine how your prayer life, how your bible study, and ministry life would be strengthened if you just remained focused on the Lord. The winds and the waves of life are so incredibly ever-present, but so is the Lord, YOUR God! He has authority over the winds and the waves!
He is with you, even in the midst of the winds and waves of life. As you focus on Him, begin to speak to those winds and waves, telling them to be still! As you focus on the Lord, tell your winds and waves that they won’t distract you from your mission and purpose in Christ. Cliche but true, tell your winds and waves how BIG your God is!
Just focus and walk, trusting Him along the way, with your winds and waves.
Peace and Blessings
Is there such a thing as a good distraction? It’s possible. Some distractions causes us to slow down and to be fully present. Other distractions can cause us to enjoy the little things. And it is very possible that some distractions make us pause and appreciate the beauty of God.
As our attention revert eleswhere, we must discern whether a distraction is pulling us closer to God or away from Him.
Is that relationship drawing you to Christ? Does your career cause you to seek God more? Is whatever new assignment you said “yes” to fulfilling your God’s given purpose?
Some distractions can be damaging. Some can delay your assignment. Some can pull you away from God. We must be careful about what gets our attention.
Our gaze must continuously focused on the Father, considering carefully what and who gets our attention (Proverbs 4:25-26). What’s taking us away from the safety of the Father? In this world, we are easily distracted and we must filter that distraction through the lens of the Gospel and our mission.
You have an adversary, just waiting for you to become distracted so that he can destroy that vision, steal your joy, and kill your dreams. Satan never strays from his primary function, be sure njoy to stray from yours. Use wisdom and stay focused.
What distraction have you turned to? Which door should close? Which relationship should end? Which assignment should you end? Fix your gaze on the Lord and He will establish the way for you.
Peace and Blessings
One cannot minimize the significance of the human heart. Live Science (2016) notes that the heart is the organ that pumps blood to the entire body. The organization notes that its roughly the size of a large fist. This is quite a function for such a small part of the human body! If the heart stops, blood stops flowing, oxygen cannot get to where it needs to be, and essentially life stops. Wow! Our Creator is truly amazing!
So it’s no wonder why believers receive this directive from the Word of God:
This exhortation stands true from the natural perspective AND the supernatural! The heart is delicate and strong in power. If left unattended and unguarded, it stops life-naturally and supernaturally!
Different versions of scripture articulate the power of the heart: The Christian Standard Bible says “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.” The New King James Version says “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
Do you want to know how well your heart is guarded? Check the issues of life that are flowing from you! Life can get rough and tough, no doubt about that. The issues of life are not always the issues itself, sometimes all about our response. Are you becoming easily angered? Do you find yourself envious? Are you coveting your neighbor’s things? Your heart is probably unguarded.
Sometimes its what we are feeding ourselves. Just in the natural, where our heart can get destroyed by the things we put into our body, the exact same stands for the supernatural. Who are you connected to? What are you feeding your spirit? What’s going into your eye gates? All must be considered as we think about our hearts.
The command of guarding the heart, cannot be minimized either. Our heart is the source of our spiritual life as well! The heart is where the Lord looks (1 Samuel 16:7) and we are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart (Mark 12:30). Our actions and words all began with the heart.
So dear friends, guard this delicate organ, protect this powerhouse at all costs–your very life depends upon it.
Peace and Blessings