The Faith to Stay Focused
Do you know what Satan's greatest weapon is? What is the number one thing that leads people astray from God? Distraction.
Distractions rob us of so much. They keep us busy robbing us of time and relationships. They keep us striving for more robbing us of contentment. They wear us out and rob us of our joy. But perhaps the most important asset distraction steals from us is focus.
When we fail to focus we take our eyes of God and we end up like Peter, sinking towards the bottom of the sea. Let's visit one of my favorite illustrations in the Bible. (All of the Bible is my favorite so you will hear that a lot.)
Read through text and then I will help you break it down and share a modern context and application from my own life this week.
So Jesus is doing what Jesus does. The impossible. Not only is He doing the impossible but He is doing it to build the faith of His disciples. Miracles are the business of God, and this walking on water was pretty exciting business, Peter wanted in on it.
Jesus, being Jesus, was like, "Here take it. Everything I have is yours. Come walk on the water with me." He does everything to make it possible for Peter. Peter just has to step out in trust.
And He steps out and it's amazing. He is really walking on water! But then he looks around and sees all the reasons why he shouldn't be walking on water. The winds are blowing mightily, the waves are crashing, and well...it's water. People don't walk on water.
With each negative thought Peter sinks into the water until he has to cry out to Jesus to save him. I can just picture Jesus shaking his head slowly, wanting so badly for Peter to take hold of the miracle. Then he says, Peter "why did you doubt?" In essence He was saying. "Peter I did all the hard stuff. I produced the miracle and all you had to do to take hold was believe and put one foot in front of the other.”
AND NOW FOR A COMPLETELY CONVICTED CONFESSION FROM YOURS TRULY.
Three weeks ago I started this site. It was a long time coming but the timing was affirmed by God. I knew it was right. At that same point in time I was working on a big project for a ministry that is transforming lives. I am collecting stories of life transformation to tell through video, social media and other outlets. These stories will play a role in the redemption of others. Then my son chocked on a toy at daycare and was rushed to surgery. I was distracted, rightfully so.
The last week was spent trying to come to terms with what happened and the fact I was not there for my precious 2-year-old boy, and then looking for a new preschool for him and trying to keep up with work as I care for him at home in the meantime. Suddenly my life is full of distractions. Suddenly I am just like Peter standing on the edge of a miracle, the miracle of God using me to build His kingdom, and I am just like Peter, doubting.
Maybe I should not write.
Maybe I should stay home and not work.
Maybe I took on too much.
But here is the thing. God gifted me with a love of words and a passion to preach His Word. He told me to step on the water and start this blog so who am I to cower and say that the distractions are too much to keep going? God orchestrated my employment and even the childcare that my son was in. Who am I to say his plan was not right or that the road is too hard? Who am I to make excuses of why I can't use the gifts God has given me in the way He asks me to use them just because the waters get rocky sometimes?
And that, friends, is how distractions steal your focus. That is how Satan makes sure that you don't use your gifts to bless others. So we have to push in and encourage each other.
We have to have the faith to stay focused on the gifts God has given us and to doing the good work He has set before us. TWEET THIS
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9/14/2016 03:19:07 pm
Thanks Katie! I feel you get it! Which makes me like to connect...he he. I love the way you write, drawing on His truth, the relevance of our life on earth and how to build us back up in Christ!
9/23/2016 08:16:12 pm
Sydney thanks for connecting and sharing your heart! We are here to encourage and I always love pointing others back to Jesus as our source of hope and help. Onwards and upwards my friend!
Oh my gosh Katie! God is truly using you to do a great work. I'm spending a few minutes to clear my head - I was trying to learn how to use Pinterest to improve my blog but the electricity kept going out and when it did come back, the internet was down. Sigh. I felt as though the enemy was targeting me because I was being intentional about something. Thanks for reminding me that he's only trying to distract me and that he can't do it without my consent.
9/23/2016 08:13:58 pm
Amen to that! Satan can only take the ground we give him. I just finished a pinfinite challenge. Let me know if I can help.
Katie-this is so true and a topic near and dear to me. I have and am writing A LOT on this on my blog and book I'm writing on wellness. Kudos and blessings to you as you follow God's lead and try to avoid those distractions meant to derail us from God's plan for us!
9/23/2016 08:17:10 pm
What's your blog? I'd love to read.
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