By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
Distraction is not an influence of the environment we find ourselves in, though it does contribute immensely. It is, however, the state and condition of the heart in relating to how persuaded we are in connecting to our mandate in life. We are in a time unfortunately where even what may look, sound, or feel like spiritual productivity are a guises set in place to derail us from the pathway of authentic biblical development.
The lack of understanding what is needed in the process of spiritual order and priorities has become a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy to lure many away from what truly matters. We have addressed this matter before, however, I see the need to remind us again as we continue to step into an uncharted territory in this season. As the environment becomes more toxic ideologies and beliefs, we must zero more into been established on the ways of spiritual orientation.
To be distracted suggest an inclination of an objective or mission. Mastering this objective based on the values developed through discipline lays the footing of how we respond to whatever our environment throws at us.
We get distracted when we are not persuaded of our place and the primary reason for existence. Distraction begins from the point of losing the essence of our humanity and spirituality.
A well-informed practicing biblical spiritual personality is never distracted by external realities no matter how tempted they are pushed.
While we are daily faced with both domestic and societal issues that seek to sap our strength and energy from what matters, we need to learn to live from the point of sifting through what matters from what do not.
There are lots of people and things, especially from the position of the ever-increasing social media information, that can easily distract us.
The nature of the days we’ve been ushered in is filled with so many issues that are designed to distract us from what we have been assigned to know and carry out.
The environment is mastered by those who have conquered the inner confusions and distractions of their soul identity.
Life is lived out from the interior persuasion of who we are and what we represent. Our Lord Jesus Christ shows us how to master the environment around us.
The scripture below shows us some important values that can only be glean from one who has allowed the ministry of the Spirit to umpire their soul.
37 Soon, a violent windstorm came up, and the waves were breaking over the boat so that it was being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are perishing?”
Peace is a by-product of our inner state. We can be in the very midst of a raging storm as still be peaceful in our perspective and response. Why? Peace is produced through the knowledge we have of whom we called and sent us and not based on the tranquility of our environment.
The more we grew in the inner life we share with Christ, the more our spirit takes rest and trust in Christ regardless of the crisis that we may be facing.
The excuses we often share for not committing to our duty or responsibility is indeed a revelation that we are yet to uncover the true meaning of walking with the Lord. Our walk within the Lord is what paved the way for our work for the Lord. Walking with the not is often shrouded in satanic plots to distract us from people and things we are still tied to as soul ties.
When we learn to separate duties from the priority of relationship with the Father, we know the art of managing the complexity of life’s responsibilities through our commitment to investing in listening and responding to the voice of the Spirit ordained to guide us in our daily walk and work.
17 For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Eternal things are not subjected to environmental limitations or distractions no matter how powerful those external forces may seem.
To however, fix our eyes on the unseen is a learning experience we must devote our time and space to on a consistent basis.
Incarceration can sometimes be the most productive place to achieve our assigned purpose in a season.
Productivity can be subjective when it’s not understood in the context of the nature of our assignment. We master the heart of the environment. We are placed by the inner persuasion or conviction of our calling and duty.