Dealing with Distractions

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FOCUS:

When you decide to come away with God, one of the first thing you will begin to notice is how loud the distractions of your life will become. Making room in your life for the Lord to speak with you means you have to deal with these distractions head on and put them back into balance. Remember, not all of those things that were demanding your attention were bad. The problem was that they got too noisy and too needy. They were out of balance, pulling your time and attention away from your most important relationship – your relationship with God.

If you are really honest with yourself, you can probably immediately name a few distractions that were eating up all of your free time. Whatever it is, you have to remember that you only have so much time in your day, so you have to use it wisely. If you want to spend more time with God, you have to pull that time away from other places where it is less needed. Pulling time away from your distractions will help you bring your life back into balance, and help you set aside the time you need to build a quality relationship with God.

God’s voice is speaking over the noise and the distractions. Turn your ear to listen: “This world will make you many attractive promises. But none of them can compare to what I can offer you. Choose to set the distractions aside. Only in Me will you find rest. Only in Me will you discover your purpose. Only in Me will you feel the unending love you long for. Come to Me. Let My voice ring loudest in your life. My voice first and last.”

To deal with your distractions you have to chose to purposefully set aside or create strong boundaries around those things that eat up all your free time. Turn off apps, limit time for entertainment, pick a set time to clock out every day. Whatever you have to do. Even if it’s for a season, take the time you would normally give to them, and give that time to God instead.

PRAY:

Lord, I release the distractions of my life. I know what they are. I know those things that try to pull my attention away from You. And in the name of Jesus, I choose to correct them. I do not want any voice to be louder than Your voice, my first love. Speak to me, Lord, I am listening. I choose You above all else. Guide my life, Lord. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You. Thank you that You are faithful to help me to confront the distractions in my life, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

MEDITATE:

The Bible is God speaking to us. When we need clarity or answers, we need only open its pages to see what God has to say. This week, spend time studying the scriptures below and l hear God’s heart to you about creating a secret place with Him:

[Job 34:16 NLT] “Now listen to Me if you are wise. Pay attention to what I say.”

[Psalm 55:22 NLT] Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

[John 14:27 NLT] “I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

[Romans 12:2 NLT] Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

[1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT] The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.

[Galatians 5:16 NLT] So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

[1 Peter 5:7 NLT] Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.