A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, March 24, 2014
“Now it happened as they went that He [Jesus] entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” – Luke 10:38-42
Are you allowing distractions to take you off your God-prescribed course, my brother? Are you permitting distractions to knock you out of your flow in the Spirit, my sister?
Last week, I completed a 14-day study written by Chuck Pierce, which ran from 3/4-3/17/2014. For March 13th, the instruction of the Lord through Chuck was “Read Ezra 8. Stop and let the Lord show you the enemy that is on the road ahead of you.”
Immediately, the Lord showed me that the enemy ahead of me was the spirit of distraction. Many times, we look for the enemy to attack us in big and decisive ways; and while he certainly does come in this method, his more successful attacks are the smaller, more cunning, and subtle ways, which can be as or more effective than an all-out direct hit. Song of Solomon 2:15 births this truth, as it pushes forth “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Do not allow the little foxes of distraction to eat your spring blossoms, family.
The Greek word for “distraction” as used in this verse is perispao (pr. per-ee-spah-o), which means “to drag all around, to distract (with care), cumber” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Are you taking the care of distractions, or are you casting your care upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7)? Webster defines “cumber” as “to hinder or encumber by being in the way, to clutter up.”
The Lord brought to my remembrance a dream He gave me back in January. In this dream, I saw a penguin. The penguin was dressed in a hat and scarf, and looked terribly uncomfortable. This penguin looked encumbered. According to Ira Milligan (Understanding the Dreams You Dream © 2010), a penguin symbolizes “specialized: graceful in its own element (water) but awkward on land; vigilant (must constantly watch for its natural enemy, sharks). Distractions are sharks, my brothers and sisters, and they will devour your God-given Divine destiny and Kingdom eternal purpose if you let them and give them place in your life.
Water represents flowing in God’s Holy Spirit. As the Holy Father’s sons and daughters, we are in our element when we are swimming in our Creator’s Rivers of Living Water (John 7:38).
Although a “hat” has many meanings, for the purpose of my dream it symbolized “attitude, activities” (Milligan). The penguin took on the attitude and activities of distraction, which encumbered it, and caused this seaward bird to be taken out of its own element. A “scarf” can represent being “insensitive” (Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code, © 2011). When we give in, or pay attention to distractions, they wrap themselves around our neck, causing us to lose our sensitivity to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. Distractions are one of the many destiny thieves, which can rob us of our God-given future.
Let us cast off the distractions of the world, my brother! Let us escape the encumbrances of the enemy, my sister! And let us jump back into the flow of God’s amazing Spirit, Who is teaming with revelation, and carries us to new places in Him.
Father, we repent for being distracted by distractions. We are sorry for allowing distractions to separate us from You, and for taking us out of our flow in Your Most Holy Spirit. As we enter our new season of Spring, we call forth the blossoming of every bud of blessing to come forth in us and in our lives. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, we rebuke, bind, curse, cast down, decommission, and come out of agreement with every distraction—past, present, and future. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we flow effortlessly in your Rivers of Living Water from this day forward and into eternity. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be mindful and watchful of distractions. Choose to forsake this strategy of the enemy by sticking close to God. And continue to fight the good fight of staying in the streams of the Father's Holy Spirit by continuously immersing yourself in His Word; for God, your Eternal and Living Well, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.