In the book I have written, I discuss the enemy’s goal and how the very nature of our hearts give the enemy the tools he needs to be successful if we aren’t careful. As busy moms, the enemy is constantly trying to distract us from God.
For me, Facebook is a HUGE distraction. I enjoy Facebook because it allows me to connect with family and friends who live far away. I enjoy following Christian pages and reading the posted Scriptures which encourage me. I enjoy posting about my own journey with Christ in the hopes of helping out others who can relate to my stories.
But then. The enemy also knows my insecurities and weaknesses, and he whispers those to me as I scroll mindlessly through Facebook.
You aren’t as good of a mom as that woman.
You aren’t as pretty as she is.
You aren’t teaching your kids enough about Jesus like that mom.
You will never write like her.
Look how many people she reaches. You will never be able to do that.
These lies whispered by the enemy invade my heart. My head.
They lead me to compare, to judge. They lead me to think unkind things, both about myself and others. These lies steal the joy from my heart.
In this season of grief, I have been using Facebook as a crutch. It is my escape from reality. And it’s awful. I feel terrible about myself, and I know why. The enemy has succeeded in knocking me over, again. He has used my grief against me, and has distracted me from God. Though I am spending time with God each day, I’ve stopped praying as much as I had been. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to pray without ceasing. In my life, when I am abiding by this, it means I am talking to God throughout the day. In my quiet moments, I am lifting up prayer requests. I am praising Him. I am sharing my general wonderings with Him. I talk to Him as I would talk to a friend. And when I am doing this, focusing my internal dialogue on Him, I am not focused on the enemy’s lies. I don’t even hear the enemy.
When I fix my heart above, my spirit isn’t brought down.
It is so easy to get knocked over. It’s so easy to stay down, to stop fighting and just give in to what the world tells us is okay. But all it does is lead to anxiety. Worry. Comparison. Angst. Despair. Stress. Sadness. Feeling like I’m not enough.
God wants more for us. It takes effort every single day to stand up and say, Rejoice not over me, O my enemy! Back off, Satan. I’m a child of the One True King and with Him, though I fall, I WILL RISE AGAIN (Micah 7:8).
With Him come feelings of joy, peace, kindness, and confidence. Who wouldn’t want to feel those emotions?
Acknowledge your distraction.
Put it away.
Fix your eyes back on our loving Heavenly Father.