Distractions come. Once you have made up your mind to do something, they come. In fact, it appears that making up your mind to do something seems to be a magnet for them. I don’t understand it, but isn’t that what usually happens?
This week has been amazing. News came that drove me to finish some projects that I had started and never finished. The Lord spoke and said it’s time to finish the house (that we bought and started remodeling back in June 2011). That was DAYS ago! I am trying to be obedient and do things in the order that the Lord said. It’s IMPERATIVE that we be obedient now.
Nonetheless, distractions cometh. So what’s a girl to do?
Press through. The Jewish new year is upon us, 5774. It is the Year of the Door (Doors, Gates and Portals!) God is closing doors as well as opening them. That means that we are finishing up projects, and giving things up so that He may give us NEW things in this NEW YEAR! He wants to open doors and portals for us, to pass through the gates and enter His courts (Psalm 100:4). But we have to do what He says. He is giving us all (ALL) a LIST of things that He wants us to either A) do or B) give up.
In my case, it’s both. In addition to “finishing up the house”, He has me fasting NUTS from now through Yom Kippur. I LOVE NUTS. Everyone who knows me knows that I love nuts! God knows I love nuts….He made me that way! However, evidently the word for NUTS in Hebrew is the same word for SIN!!! So, God is speaking on two levels to me (that I know of!) Get rid of the SIN, get rid of the FAT. I have become increasingly dependent on Almonds and Walnuts as a source of protein during the day. Unfortunately, with the protein comes the FAT. So, I’m guessing that the Lord would have me give ALL the FAT to Him! (Leviticus 3:16)
So, what’s on your list? Has God spoken to you? Are you LISTENING??? Just like Mary said to the waterboys at the wedding at Cana, “Whatever He says to you, do it!” (John 2:5) Listen to Mary. She knew what she was talking about. Mothers always do.
This mother says: Press through the distractions. Don’t buy into things that the enemy is saying to you. You know the Word. Weigh every single thought against the Word, because we know that Jesus said, in the end, if possible, even the elect will be deceived. (Matthew 24:24) The enemy is working overtime, because his time is just about over. Don’t let his distractions take you down and keep you from completing your assignments. Don’t get caught up in strife. Remember to love everybody, even if you don’t like them. Just love them, with the Love of the Father. Do what He tells you to do. Be obedient. Submit to authority, (including your spouse, ladies).
On a side note, I was told recently to submit to my husband for God’s best, because he is my covering. Women of God, you MUST KNOW that God will get the message to your mate. And if your mate refuses to listen, he will be held accountable for it. God is a righteous God. So, just do what you know to do, and KNOW that God is in control.
Most importantly, you can handle it. No matter what happens, no matter what it looks like, no matter WHAT is going on around you….you can handle it. God put you here on the earth, out of ALL the possible times in history, for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). You MUST know, even if you doubt it, you MUST KNOW IN YOUR HEART that He is with you. He will deliver you in times of trouble. You reside under the shadow of the wing of the Almighty. He will give you strength and let you rise up with wings like eagles. He has Trained you up, Lifted you up, Set you up, and now you Look Up! So, look to HIM, and not man. Man will let you down, but God will NEVER let you down.
Whatever distractions the enemy throws your way, maintain FOCUS on JESUS. Your assignment on this earth, from this day forward, is the same as it was in Matthew 28… “16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Don’t forget, he who makes it to the very end wins. (Matthew 24:13)
My prayer for you today is you are encouraged. I bless you in the Name of the Lord. Be strong, and very courageous. Hang in there until the end. And know that God is with you.