Understanding and Overcoming Distraction
The Greek word for distraction is aperispastos; it means to draw away. Distraction is a drawing away of the attention from an original position, goal, purpose, direction, association, or interest. Joshua used this strategy against the men of Ai. "Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back before them, and they fled toward the desert. All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city. …Joshua held out his javelin toward Ai. As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire (Joshua 8:15-19).
The devil is using the same strategy against you. He wants to draw you away from your city of strength. He may lead you to believe that you are doing good and actually winning the war but before you realize what's happening you could find yourself too weak to resist a concentration of his forces against you. There are seven spiritual things that you need to do to maintain your spiritual strength. The enemy's job is to distract you from giving your attention to these things so that you can become weak and fall to his temptations. What are these seven things the enemy wants to distract you from? They are:
1. Distraction from prayer and distraction during prayer (see Matthew 26:36-46)
Have you ever fallen asleep during you personal prayer? Does your mind wander when you try to pray? I used to be distracted during long prayer times until I learned to concentrate by praying out loud and using the Lord's Prayer as a guide to organize and focus my prayer life.
2. Distraction from attending Church (see Hebrews 10:35)
3. Distractions in Church (things that keeps you from benefiting from the service)
4. Distraction from reading and hearing the Word (see Luke 10:38-41)
5. Distraction from Understanding the Word (see 2 Corinthians 3:12-18)
6. Distraction from ministry (see Acts 6:1-4)
7. Distraction from Speaking the Word (be bold and speak aloud to the mountains)
How to Overcome Distraction
Let Jesus be the focal point of your life. "…But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).