How the Enemy Distracts Us & How You Can Overcome It
If the enemy can’t destroy you he will distract you. His goal is simple, He comes to steal, kill and destroy. You see, our adversary is predictable and uses the same old tricks time and time again. It is up to us to stay alert and seek God’s wisdom so that we won't fall prey to the enemy.
As defined by dictionary.com, to Distract can mean:
to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention
to disturb or trouble greatly in mind; beset
to provide a pleasant diversion for; amuse; entertain
to separate or divide by dissension or strife.
Distractions typically comes when you have a breakthrough or decide to surrender and trust God with all areas of your life; relationships, finances, career paths and etc...). Usually Something will happen that causes you to rethink your decision or doubt God’s Provision and Power. Often, it’s a distraction. The enemy wants you so preoccupied with your situation that you take your eyes off of God. Focusing on your situation makes it seem like it’s bigger than God but ’s not. God is greater than anything we could ever be up against.
How does the Enemy do it?
He distracts with Words and with Actions. Understand that when the enemy speaks it’s always a lie! There is no truth in him as he is the father of lies (John 8:44). You can discern his voice because it plants seeds of fear. He wants you off track and he’ll use anything he can - past wounds, idols in your life, social media, good god-given desires (such as the desire to be married), and even your friends!
If we fall for the distractions then we will become ineffective in our faith. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, but the enemy doesn’t want you to be confident. Instead, he’ll use social media to get you focused on how someone else life looks better so you try to become like them instead of who God called you to be. Our adversary knows your purpose is tied to your uniqueness. As you grow in trusting God, he’ll send Negative “friends” to discourage you from walking in faith.. And when God calls you to stay at that job that doesn’t pay you enough because he needs you to be a light to your co-workers, a higher paying offer may come along to prevent that from happening. Realize that not all distractions are negative or troubling. Some look like answered prayers; like the most Handsome man who is seemingly everything you want. That’s why it’s crucial to use discernment. All that glitter ain't God.
So what do we do? How do we win these battles? Here are three things that help me avoid the enemy’s trap of distraction.
1) Expecting the attack
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8
The bible tells us in 1 Peter 5 that the devil is always looking for someone to attack, but many of us are still caught off guard when the attack comes. We have to expect that we will be attacked. We may not know how or when, but we can make an educated guess. If the enemy prowls around like a lion then we can assume that his behavior mimics that. Lions are fierce predators that isolate and attack a weaker or slower individual.
Since Lions prey on the weak, then we can bet the enemy will attack us in areas where we are weak. You know what your struggles are, so take time to find out what God’s Word says about those areas in your life. Memorize those scriptures. When the enemy comes to plant doubt and fear, be ready to talk back to Him with the TRUTH!!. Throw it in his face! Remind Him that’s he’s been defeated, and that you’re not alone because God is with you. God’s power is made perfect in your WEAKNESS.. When you are weak, then you are strong (2 cor 12:10).
2) Understanding my Position
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. - Luke 10:19
Jesus has given us authority over ALL the power the enemy. The enemy knows his time and power is limited, and he knows that you can overcome him. As a follower of Jesus, the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in YOU! There’s no need to run scared when he attacks, stand firm. He’s attacking out of fear, not authority. Take time to study spiritual warfare, read Ephesians 6 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. Once you understand that you’re the victor, it will change the way you view your circumstances and the way you combat attacks.
3) Staying Close to the Shepard
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4
Shepherd care for their sheep. They lead them to food, guide them away from danger, and protect them from attacks. Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Stay close to Him. When we are under attack and afraid our first instinct is to protect ourselves and run. But isolation is the worst thing you can do. Train yourself to run to the shepherd at all time, but especially when attacks come. That’s where the protection is. Jesus laid down his life for us. We can trust Him because He’s proven his love for us.