If you remember the last time we met I was unplugged and going dumb by detaching from the distraction of my smartphone. At that time it had been two days, and I promised to give you an update on my progress (or lack thereof).
Well, I succeeded at remaining unplugged for about a week. As I write this I have not yet been back on social media. I haven’t tweeted, chatted, liked, shared, laughed, or cried. I wondered what I would do with my extra time. Would I focus more on God and what He has to say to me, or would I busy my time with something else?
While I would love to tell of this great Mount of Transfiguration experience where I met God high and lifted up. I’d love to share how He walked with me in the cool of the day and pointed me to my great purpose in life. I would love to tell of the mysteries revealed, and new found revelations, the stories, songs and poems I wrote under His inspiration. I would love to, but I can’t because it didn’t happen.
What I found instead during my week of detachment were more distractions. I found myself watching more television, playing games I had not played in months, and watching videos that previously didn’t interest me. I read fascinating articles on how women self-induce lactation to prepare for their adopted babies. I learned that the Islamic faith practices adult breastfeeding for the benefit of building family kinship. (That was a very interesting distraction.)
It didn’t dawn on me that I was being wooed yet again, “For the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had created. ” (Genesis 3:1)
Before I realized it I was right back in the hole of lack of motivation and ineffectiveness.
When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. It says, I will return to the house it left. And when it arrives it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself and they go and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. (Luke 11:24-26)
This scripture has always fascinated me, and when I struggled to figure out how to write this post the Holy Spirit reminded me of it. It captures me because it speaks of the determination of evil spirits to take control and influence of our lives. They are serious about their business. And thinking of this scripture brings clarity to my situation this week.
Now, I am not calling Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat evil spirits. I am saying that they can be used by the Enemy to distract us from focusing on what God wants us to do. But just like what happened to me, anything can if we’re not careful-if we’re not intentionally focused on God-if we don’t purposefully fix our eyes on Him.
I swept my house clean by ridding myself of all the distraction-all of those things I thought were stopping me from spending more time with God only to be bombarded with 10 new distractions. (So of course after I find the first article on adult breastfeeding I start searching for others, and then videos of women coaching other women on how to do it correctly, and these are the supplements you can take and certain foods to eat to produce more milk-how many times of day you should simulate feedings and so on…and so on. Wow! Who knew that this was even a thing? I didn’t until I realized I had more time on my hands.While this was very interesting research, I am not planning to adopt a baby I would have to nurse nor am I practicing the Islamic faith so what is going on?)
“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us, …fixing our eyes on Jesus. The pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrew 12:1-2)
I had a plan to remove the distraction, but I wasn’t intentional about fixing my eyes on Jesus. I think I felt it would happen automatically-that once the Enemy was gone I would instinctively migrate back to God, but that didn’t happen. My spiritual growth and development has to be deliberate. I have to develop a hunger and thirst for God. I have to create a daily routine that includes devotion with God just like washing my face and brushing teeth, “Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain power to follow Him” (Principle 7 of The Road to Recovery). If I do this, then it will become almost automatic. Therefore when those temptations, evil spirits, distractions, old habits, hang-ups, and hurts try and come back in my life they will find this dwelling under lock and key and fully occupied by the Most High God.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1)
While I don’t believe I failed in my week of unplugging, I didn’t get the success I expected. I did however, learn some things about the art of distraction that’s so often used by the Enemy and his fellow cohorts. Now I am better prepared for my journey in recovery, and will continue to work on being stronger in my walk by ridding my life of distractions and at the same time focusing on Jesus.
Please join us back here on Monday as Maggie continues our FREEDOM discussion.
Lord, I worship you in the midst of all my imperfections and insecurities asking you to bless me anyhow. Lord, my heart is to honor you in all of my deeds, but I fall short. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. Please forgive me. Father God meet me in that place of lack and draw me closer to You. Fill me with Your presence so I am able to resist the devil. I cannot do it without your power. I need you. Rescue me. Remind me God, that I am not defeated, but instead victorious over the Enemy and that you will never leave me. Help me fix my eyes on You. In Jesus’ name,