So you can understand my vibe, most (75%) of the music I listen to is WORSHIP music…i’m not interested in climbing Jacob’s Ladder anymore. Worship music literally takes my minds off my life and problems and I get excited about singing to Abba. It also helps me tune out some of the chaos around me. At home, in the shower, in the car, in the store, at the park and soon to be at the gym. You should see me jigging in my car while Planetshakers or Housefires is blasting…cheesing from ear to ear. The other 25% is spent listening to Isley Brothers, John Mayer, Anthony Hamilton, Glass Animals or Bad Boy Records Greatest Hits. With that said, I’m never up to date with current “pop”ular music.
BREIF BACKGROUND: I met a guy. Liked said guy. Didn’t work with guy. Guy disappeared. Vanished. Kapoof. Then I was left wondering what “I” did wrong.
There’s this super catchy song I heard about 3 weeks ago called Distraction. Then I heard it again at home one day and literally the words ministered to me. This also happens when I listen to J. Cole (so, I’m a little up to date). Anyways…. The song says, “Are you down to be a distraction? But don’t distract me.” I think we can safely assume what the artist intends here: they are looking for some non-commital fun, in short.
So as I listened to it, I was reminded why things didn’t work out with this or any guy (yet); then I remembered, I prayed them away. “Lord, if this man is about to waste my time, please dismiss him.” I’m not kidding, 24-36 hours later, I’m convinced I was being ignored or blocked or God moved. So you believe what you want. If you siding with me, keep reading. We talked and texted everyday for like two weeks. No, that’s not a long time, BUT that was enough time for me to flush out that I don’t like investing in things that don’t pay off. I knew then, but it was fun though. Who doesn’t like fun?! Then, the test came. And guuurrrllaahhh….
It. Was. A. Test.
Ya girl must’ve had angels warring in intercession for her. I don’t too much care for R. Kelly, but my mind was telling me no. (You finish the rest.)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthian 10:13
“I gotta go playa, we’ll talk later.” And I left. I’ve never been so tempted to do something in my life and not give in. This is where I prayed, 1. because the temptation was so great and 2. I wanted to hear what God had to say. Temptation itself is a distraction, however, we need to come to a point to where we can identify if we are being tempted. Sure, the enemy outwardly tempts us, but some temptations lie within the individual. This is where we must ask God to reveal some things to us. What was revealed to me, I was entertaining myself. I knew it then, subconsciously and consciously, but I didn’t allow myself to verbalize it until I was in temptation and my spirit was grieved from doing so. I felt so weighty and depressed and anxious for days after.
Then while reading several nights, I kept coming across how the Lord will never tempt us because temptation leads us to act in sin. That was all I needed. The Word and my lil feelings hurt. However, for a few days, I still wrestled with it and that’s when I heard the distraction song.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” James 1: 13-14
We commonly use money, sex, hobbies, relationships, dogs, cats, salamanders, cell phones and television to distract us.
Distraction leads us into deception.
Instead of all of these things, constructive things we could be doing are reading, seeking, meditating and worshipping. It’s so very easy to distract ourselves, but we do it for selfish reasons, sometimes to hide from rejection, pain, hurt or shame. We want to be distracted from our temporary circumstances but we do not want those distractions to tamper with our everyday and/or long term plans. Our life can get crazy and we have a lot of stuff to deal with, so we want quick executions that take no real commitment. In actuality, those small distractions will do one of the following: add up or distract us entirely.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:16-17
Give your all or risk it all
Temptation, distraction and destiny require something from you: time, energy and effort. The problem is, if we aren’t sowing our energy and efforts onto good ground, they are being sown in another area that will detract more than attract.
At some point in our lives, we are going to have address change. Change causes you to choose. The good thing about change is it cause you to self examine and address internal issues that you’d be otherwise tempted to be distracted from continuously. Believe it or not, distractions can keep you from destiny.
If you get distracted long enough, you can miss a window of opportunity, a job, mate or appointed time to touch someone else’s life. Distractions keep our focus on dead areas. Distractions lead to excuses. Distractions don’t take you to where you need to be. Distractions will cause us to be unprepared.
Distractions will always cause us to miss God.
Because we are distracted, we will be in a repetitive cycle of not seeing things happening for us…then what will we do? Blame God for not working and moving in our favor when He’s tried to warn us or He was never invited into a situation to get you out of it. Living for God doesn’t involve risks. He won’t jeopardize Himself, that’s why we can fully trust Him. And you sometimes must build that trust and relationship, just don’t become distracted by expectations.
Don’t do what I did: ignore your first mind. But do as I did: invite Him in to minister to you. That way you can’t deny it!
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
What are you being distracted from? Don’t allow your distractions, diversion or disturbances deviate you from destiny.