Date: March 03, 2021
DEALING WITH DISTRACTIONS
Text: Luke 9:51 “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem”
One thing that is common with everyone is distractions; no matter your age or goal you intend to attain, there will always be distractions.
WHAT IS DISTRACTION-DEFINITION?
The first place to start is to ask ourselves what exactly is distraction. In this study, we will consider three (3) variants of the definition of distraction.
- Distraction is a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else: Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers”
- Distraction is the process of diverting the attention of an individual or group from a desired area of focus and thereby blocking or diminishing the reception of desired information: Nehemiah 6:9 “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands”
- Distraction is extreme agitation of the mind or emotions: Proverbs 26:13 “A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
Group Activity: Identify a blessing that could be a distraction in another situation?
CAUSES OF DISTRACTION:
- Our attractions/desires: James 1:14 “But each o ne is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed”
- Lack of faith: James 1:6 “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind”
- In a busy world: 1st Corinthians 16:9 “because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me”
- The devil: 1st Thessalonians 2:18 “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us”
- Anxiety: 1st Kings 19:13-14 “When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too”
- Envy: Ecclesiastes 4:4 “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind”
- Pattern your life like others (mentored): 2nd Corinthians 10:12 “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise”
HOW TO DEAL WITH DISTRACTION:
- Set your focus on Jesus: Hebrews 12:2A “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith”
- Focus on the goal: Hebrews 12:2B “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”
- Know yourself-distractions: Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman”
- Remove the distraction (weights): Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”
- Self-control: 1st Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything” Psalm 101:3 “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it”
God has a high calling for us but distraction will limit us, so let us put aside every distraction and let us set our faces like Jesus walking towards Jerusalem