Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beware of Tailor Made Distractions

As my journey in God treads a deeper course, I find myself running into more and more distractions than ever before. Its like when I say, 'ok God, use me', its a green light for all kinds of tricks of the enemy to be deployed. I'm like, 'wait, I'm on a mission for you Jesus, can I get some back up?'. And I hear God say, 'Don't u think I see all that's going on? Don't u think I know all that WILL going on?'. And all I can do is laugh. God is all knowing, these distractions aren't foreign to him.

I'm a quintessential homebody for all of those who truly, truly know me. I love to be curled up in my pink wool robe, listening to some sweet neo soul, or simply watching The Notebook. Or even just cooking up a new recipe from the Food Network. I just love the comfort of being at home. Well, every now and then I like to get all dolled up to hang with the girls or my homeboys. Now, my 'dolled up' definitely isn't some cute little dainty dress or skirt. I definitely press the envelope with my attire with a little skin here and there. Just enough to let know folk know I'm not some hog. Lol. Apparently I don't give off the 'church mouse' vibe because honey they come on STRONG!
Just this weekend I went to a few day parties with my girls just to catch up and make sure I still "had it" in a sense. I swear I'm a man magnet (or maybe its just my ancestry that follows behind me in the form of my glutious maximus. Lol). I usually attract the clean cut, 9-5 dude. But lately, I've been getting the NFL player looking dudes and of course, one finds me in the middle of this party. He was SO adamant that we were supposed to be together. Blah, blah. Now, God knows a few months ago I would have been at his house cooking up a meal and playing right into his maddness. Thank God for JESUS! lol. I can see right through follishness. He defintiely thought he was saying all the right things, but I am so over the month long romance BS. It really isn't worth tarnishing the budding relationship I have now. It's funny that the moment I find a man that is pretty much what I need, all these new tailor made distractions emerge. Honey, that devil doesnt have anything else to do. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to be with a football player, a coach, or just an athlete over all, and clearly the enemy knows that. Little does he know, I am so OVER that type of man. I abandoned that idea years ago, but that definitely didn't diminish my taste in men. I still love me a nice set of arms and shoulders. -->*saying Lord's prayer for strength* lol

I say all of this to say that the enemy knows just what you want like God. The package will be made up just like you like it and empty on the inside. The moment you commit to the things of God, the enemy pulls out all stops to get you to get off track. He knows what kind of thing can trigger you back to your old ways. Whether it be through your sex addiction, substance abusing, shopping addiction, using profanity, stealing, you name it. The enemy wants to do everything in his power to keep you from do that which you have committed to doing.

I have had to make a conscious decision to protect all that God has instilled in me and the purpose that He has assigned my life. Because I value who God has made me to be, I have to be mindful of what I do and where I go. No longer should I be content in the ways of the world if I know I am to be used in the kingdom. Its ok to hang with your friends, but even they should see and feel the difference in you. I have never been a drinker so when my girls invite me somewhere and begin to mention drinks they are like, "Oh that's right, Ms. Thang doesn't drink". I have already set a standard that I have yet to go back on. I shouldn't have to keep telling people who I am or what I believe, my character should speak for itself. My actions depict those of a person who is on a quest to get closer to who God wants me to be, so I can merely show them better than I can tell them.
Be wise in your walk and mindful of your talk. If you know you are prone to certain behaviors or weak in certain areas, avoid falling into the traps. Don't go to certain places. Avoid certain people. Stay away from conversations all together. Whatever you feel will take you away from what God wants for you, just stay away from it. Don't give the enemy any room for error. I think it is important to know yourself better than anyone else. What works for some may not work for you. Protect what God has placed in you at all cost, it will be worth it in the end. The stronger you become, the easier it will be to avoid those tailor made distractions. You will merely laugh at them. Trust me, nothing is worth losing the treasure God has placed in you.

Know that the enemy is out to distract you and keep you from kingdom living. Be wise in your walk.

Using my 20/20 to spot those tailor made distractions,


1 comment:

Faith Talk said...

This is the truth. Satan has been sending attacks in the form or everything I used to like and also he has been trying to keep me distracted by "So called Godly Things" that it is not my season to be apart of. Even if something is of the Lord... if it is not your time to be apart of it then it is a distraction. God please allow your Holy Spirit to show us the things that would have us to be involved with at this time and remove all the rest. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Lover of Words