One day you meet the woman/man of your dreams and a friendship results. You can’t wait to see that person when you get off of work. Once there and after two or three hours of joking, laughing, bantering, and talking to one another, you hate to leave when you have to go home.
Months may go by and you two enter into a committed relationship and begin to grow together. Most of the time it’s great but those times are not without their challenges and troubles. After about a year or two you may or may not get married. Then come mortgages, upkeep, bills for two, then kids, bills for three, school, graduations, and the circle of life continue.
Nevertheless, after a few years of all the things that life throws at us, we become familiar. Our laughing together stops, we don’t date as often or if at all, we stop talking with each other, and our relationship turns into jobs, kids, houses, and external stuff. The magic is gone and minimum we are emotionally divorced. Maybe we never got married in the first place but instead, our relationship waned, and we went our separate ways.
The above scenario often describes our relationship with God in that we started out on fire for Him. Oh at first we studied His Word, prayed to Him daily, and poured out our heart to Him when we felt that we needed Him. When the distractions of life interfered in our relationship with Him, we trusted Him enough to take care of us and to give us a way out. Our focus was on the Lord.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determine the course of your life [Proverbs 4:23 NLT].
For the last couple of weeks, I have had a hard time getting into the Spirit enough to write. I unintentionally did not leave much room for the Lord to squeeze in there and talk to me. It is very hard to get into His presence with so many distractions gumming up the works.
What with the daily grind and all the stuff going on around us these days, it can be a hindrance in seeking the Lord’s manifested presence sometimes. Things like the condition of the world, corruption abounds, unemployment is the highest in our nation’s history, and we’ve lost a job and we can’t find a new one. The money we’re going to be short this payday plagues us. The kids are having trouble and we aren’t able to help them. A relationship or marriage has gone south and the car needs a new tranny, or any number of things that can bombard our minds in today’s world. These things and more, distracts us all but what about the personal distractions when seeking God and His presence? Here’s what I experienced just the other day while trying to write. (True story, all of it.)
I got out of the house and went to Star Bucks where I could think and get into the presence of God for some relief, but to my chagrin, the distractions followed me there. After about 20 minutes at Star Bucks, praying to God, I finally got a breakthrough and connected with the Lord. At that precise moment someone’s car horn started honking, alerting passers-by that something was wrong. Honk. . .honk. . .honk. . .honk. . .honk. . .honk. (I hate those things.) I sighed when the owner fixed the intrusion (probably a distraction for him as well), when a fire truck went by with their sirens blaring away, while they laid on their air horn through traffic, which was supposed to move cars to the right of the road. (It’s a long road and lots of cars.)
It wasn’t one minute later, as I sat outside drinking my coffee trying to get into His presence, again, that a kid next to me started crying and sliding a metal chair across the cement sidewalk making this god-awful scraping sound and at the same time, the parents are yelling at the kid to “Stop it! Stop it! Sit down!” About fifteen seconds later someone’s cell went off and evidently he didn’t want to talk to the person. My inner man scre-e-e-e-a-a-med and I thought Beam me up Lord! If it all weren’t so maddening and frustrating, it would have been comical.
This is just a glimpse of what I have been experiencing these last couple of weeks. My mind has been so-o-o plugged with outside distractions that I think I am going crazy sometimes. On top of all the garbage, I have all this writing to do for the Lord and I can’t even get into His presence. I know that’s why Satan is trying to distract me.
Please tell me that someone can relate to this.
How do we get into God’s presence despite all the outside interference(s)? Here’s what worked for me.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel [Psalms 22:3].
Satan is alive and well and knows where he is going. He wants to keep us from God and our only defense is to remain focused on Christ. Distractions are a major tool in Satan's grab bag of tricks to keep us away from the presence of God.
The Lord and I had a big laugh today, and I (we) eventually came up with this blog instead of one of the other three that I had on my mind for this Monday, which was probably what God wanted in the first place. I have been distracted before and when I regain my focus, His manifested presence comes flooding into me.
So, to eliminate the outside distractions of the world around you and to get into His manifested presence of God, first get alone with God, not a place where the whole world is clamoring around you (like I did). Get into a place where you feel anointed of God. Make sure it is a quiet place and away from the world and turn off that cell phone. (I know that’s going to be hard for some of you.)
Then. . .be still and know that He is God , and approach Him with a reverent position of the heart. Worship Him and pray to Him , and invite him to join you. Prayer does not have to be some generic by-the-numbers mechanical prayer, just talk to Him as you would a friend .
The best defense is a good offense, and worship and prayer are the tools in our arsenal and of our warfare. Even spiritual warfare can sometimes be a distraction because in our binding and fighting, our focus is on the enemy, not Christ. Don’t misunderstand, warfare is a necessity but it should be in a 10% to 90% ratio, because remember that God inhabits the praises of His people.
In these latter days, it is Satan’s final assault on mankind and like I say, his distractions are a major tool in his arsenal. However, I have discerned many other spirits that Satan is releasing into the atmosphere in this hour preparing for the big battle, but I will write about this next week.
 Psalms 46:10
 2 Chronicles 7:14
 Psalms 57:1, John 15:13, Romans 5:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:17