“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
The Truth of the Word of God never changes. The revelations in the Word of God are what transforms us into a new creature in Christ. When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour, the Holy Spirit begins His work in us. Anything dead in us is pruned and we begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit of God. The fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, is our witness to others. Our fruit is what touches the heart of others before our mouth’s are ever engaged. The Truth never changes inside of us.
Satan’s job is to distract us. To the lost, these distractions go unrecognized. The god of this world, satan, is the god of the lost. Without them realizing they are both eating and serving off of the same plate, satan’s plate. Their eyes are veiled to the Truth. “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. The lost are distracted and blind until the pride and shame are put away and they choose to accept Jesus as their only plan of Salvation. Without compromise, God’s plan is the only plan for eternal life.
Distraction is not only for the lost. Distraction of the believer is one of the most common forms of deceit. Satan and his minions have been around all of our life. They knew us when we were sinners and they know us now. Satan will use our weaknesses to distract us. Taking our focus away from Jesus, even for a moment, we begin to sink. As Peter walked on water toward Jesus, he looked at the storms surrounding him and began to sink. Whether there were storms or not, Peter could not have walked on water without focusing on Jesus. The storms were satan’s distraction. As soon as our miracle happens, satan will try to distract us. The devil wants us to focus on our problem instead of our solution – Jesus Christ.
Religious works can also be a form of distraction. The devil knows our works will not bring us salvation. The fact of the matter is, satan doesn’t care who we have faith in as long as it’s not in Jesus. We can go to church every time the doors are open, boast of our faith and quote the Bible from beginning to end and still have our focus on our works instead of Jesus. The devil knows the Bible from beginning to end also. ” ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” Matthew 7:21-23. The Will of God and the Word of God point us to the Cross of Jesus.
Satan knows once the Truth is revealed to us we will be set free from his bondage. The enemy knows the Truth of the Word of God. He knows who holds the keys to his kingdom. When the storms start raging, when the bait is dangled in front of you – look back to the Cross of Jesus. Look back and see how far the Lord has already brought you. We don’t run to the Cross just for His blessings, we run to the Cross because of what He has already done for us. He blesses us because He loves us, not because we love Him. We go back to the Cross of Jesus and remember we belong to Him. – Donna Warren