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overcoming with Jesus

By Roderick Evans

Distraction is a chief enemy of the Christian. If we are not careful, we will allow distractions to deter us from the object of our salvation, which is Jesus Christ. How do you know if something is a distraction? A distraction is anything or anyone that becomes the motivation for your life. With that said, we discover three common distractions among Christians:

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith? Hebrews 12:1b-2a (KJV)

1. SIN – When you have an “issue” (as we like to call sin at times), you will live to satisfy it rather than the Lord. Sin brings your focus on yourself and your fleshly desires rather than the perfect law of liberty which is in Jesus. Don’t allow personal sins and desires to distract you from Christ. If you keep your eyes on Him, He will lead you into victory over any sin that frustrates you. In addition, do not allow the sins of others to become a distraction. If we are not careful, we will become “sin-patrol” and “righteousness-enforcers” rather than presenters of His truth, which includes rebuke, which has the power to set free.

2. SELF– Many believers are so preoccupied with themselves that they are distractions to themselves. If you are always worried about appearance, who likes and dislikes you, when will I get promoted, why they treated me in an unfavorable manner, and the like, you are distracted. Remember, the pride of life is an enemy to the love of God. We say it, but do we mean it: “It is not about us, it is about Jesus!” Don’t allow the enemy to distract you from Christ through subtlety. God will bless us and provide for us, but that is not to be our only use for the Word and Prayer. You will be distracted from the true power of God which results in a transformed, selfless life.

3. SERVICE – One of the biggest and deceptive distractions is our service and ministry in Christ. God calls and anoints us for His service. However, we are not to be like Martha who was too busy trying to serve Christ rather than sit at His feet to learn and commune with Him. Many believers are distracted by prophecies of future ministries not understanding that they will come to pass if you stay focused on Him. Do not allow ministry to be about you and who you are. All ministry is to point back to Christ and not the minister. Do not work for Him and then be lost in the end because you did not go on to know Him. Serve Him faithfully, but do not confuse ministry with relationship.

We have to endeavor to make sure that everything points to Him. All things are by Him. If we overcome, it is because He overcame. If we are prosperous, it is because He prospered in what the Father sent Him to do. Thus, we have to remain focused on Him, His life, and His legacy for success.

If you keep your eyes on Him, no sin, trial, or test will be able to stop you. Remember, if He overcame the world, you will overcome all things through faith in Him. Things may be exactly how you see it, but take your eyes off the situations and KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS!


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