Excerpted from Jentezen Franklin's 21-Day Fasting Bible Study

The last three days of the fast are upon us. I pray that this journey has held great meaning for you. Your life matters to God. You were His idea, and He loves you more than you could ever imagine. But there is another called Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy. His primary mode of operation is deception and distraction. And, like Peter walking on the water, his attacks can come at the times of your greatest success.

You may be experiencing miraculous things in your life; seeing God bless you and move in mighty ways. But I want to warn you, many times that is exactly when the storms come. It's the enemy's job to get your eyes off of Jesus and distract you to stop you from doing what God has called you to do.

Because he was distracted on the water, Peter began to sink. And you see, if you're going to hold on and assure the victory, you have to keep your eyes on Jesus, and keep walking.

Notice that Peter was distracted, not by demons and devils, not by hordes of hell; he was distracted by the wind. The wind is a natural thing. But the devil used it for containment, limitation and restraint . . . for restriction. The devil's not going to destroy you, but he will attempt to distract and deceive you day after day.

The wind is nature's greatest natural force. What hinders us the most sometimes are simply natural distractions. It's things like paying bills, running all over the place doing the busy stuff of life. It's the cares of life. It's the places we have to go. It's the peeling paint on the house. It's the flat tire on the car. And we have to be careful not to allow natural things to distract us from spiritual things.

It's so easy to let natural things distract us from spiritual things and as soon as this fast is over, the distraction battle will begin again. The moment we get our eyes off of the Word of God, which is Jesus, and what He's saying, we begin to focus on natural things. We lose spiritual power. It's in the wind. The wind is what the enemy uses to distract.

 

Think About It

  1. What's really hindering you from doing what you've been called to do? 
  2. If Satan's plan is to distract you, where are you most vulnerable?
  3. What are some things you can do to avoid falling for the distraction traps?