Did you see the 2009 Disney/Pixar movie Up? A dog, named Dug, wears a special collar that allows him to speak. He's a cute dog who talks and all of a sudden he says squirrel! He gets easily distracted by squirrels. Dug cracks me up!
Like Dug the dog we can be easily distracted from keeping our eyes on Jesus. Especially during this pandemic. There is social media, news, worries, anxieties, fears and stress pulling our attention away from the ultimate comforter - Jesus.
'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10 (NIV)
Remember the enemy of our souls likes distractions - this virus is probably one of them. It's not a coincidence this is happening during Easter. The greatest event for Christ - followers.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
The sword of the Spirit is our weapon - which is the word of God. Let's fight distraction with the truth of scripture. Let's take captive every thought that distracts us from Jesus. Remember it is finished. Jesus is victorious over death, fear, anxiety, worry, sickness and other negative things. When we focus on Jesus peace flows into our souls - the peace that passes all understanding.
Exalt Jesus. Give him thanks for taking on death and being without His heavenly Father because of our sins he bore on the cross. Jesus died for us because He loves us! There is nothing we needed to do, perform, promise, compete or prove for this love. This gift is freely given - grace. Thank you Jesus!
What to do when distracted from Jesus:
1. Capture the negative thought with a favorite scripture you memorized.
2. Read some Psalms.
3. Just say Jesus' name.
4. Start praising God.
5. Worship Father God - think of His attributes. Compassionate, merciful, loving, never changing...
6. Reach out to a trusted friend.
8. Rejoice in the Lord.
9. Write down your blessings and mercies God gifted to you.
10. Listen to worship music/sing songs of praise.
"I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand." Psalm 40:1-2
"The Lord is my light and my salvation--
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life--
of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Above are some of my favorite scriptures to help me focus on our Lord. What are your favorite scriptures? Leave them in the comments.
Think on things of our Heavenly Father. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Phillipians 4:8 Let the truth of God's word rest in your soul.
I pray your Easter is full of joy, peace, faith and goodness. Halleujah Jesus Christ is risen! Because Jesus is alive I am too!! Happy Easter! Love ya!
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Christina Leeman MPH, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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