I want to be as direct as I possibly can with my post today.
If you have duress, contorversy, family animosity, critical friends making judgement, or an otherwise dividing spirit invading the peace in your life, ask yourself:
"What is all this doing to aid the devil in directing my attentions from the greater thing that God wants to do in my life?"
You can rest assured - the more afraid Satan is that your eyes will be opened, and you will turn from the thing drawing your attention away from what God wants to do in your life, the harder that Satan assaults you. Satan will lose his power in your world, if you look away from his chaos. He won't be happy with that.
If Satan can keep you occupied with something that keeps you upset, then it is unlikely that you will be effectivelly winning souls, or encouraging saints. You will miss the person closest who has fallen victim to depression for instance, and you never noticed. Or you will not be the one your child turns to when they are ready to say, "I have been thinking about being baptised, 'cause I ask Jesus to forgive my sins every night." Your neighbor will hear it instead. (recent true stories) We are on earth to serve God, not legalisms. I am not good at interacting with people sometimes. But I can look around me and see the pain people are inflicting on one another. And for what?
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. Luke 8:24
Recently a bad wind storm, with extreme winds came through my neighborhood. Afraid I would be hurt by limbs coming down from my trees, I ran outside to an area where there were no trees. I found my neighbors there, doing the same thing. We kept watch in every direction, hoping to save one another from falling trees. We wisely found safety supporting one another. Once the storm had past we dealt with the results of the storm. We weren't injured or in pain, or dead. There had been no lightning, or heavy rain, or anything otherwise related to storms...just wind. That wind had driven us together, away from danger. I can't help but think of how Jesus related the Spirit to *wind. In the time of a storm where wind was present, we rushed to support one another. If this is not what is happening in the storms in your life, you can mark it for certain - Satan is involved and is blinding you from a greater truth in some way. This answers the sometimes confusing question, "Is it Satan, or is it God?" Distracting you is a tacticle battle plan that Satan relies heavily upon. BEWARE. REFOCUS. Allow God to open the eyes of your heart. Don't be blind-sided. Seek the place where Jesus brings calm.
Isn't Satan called a theif? What to theives often do? They get someone else to create a diversion, and they steal what you have taken your eyes off of. (Bad English) What ever is precious to you, if you allow Satan to concentrate your attention on some battle in your life, he will steal the precious thing. Which would you rather take care of? The vague and escalating battle, or what is precious to you.
Give the battle, the danger, the chaos, the heartache to God. How? By walking away from it yourself. I am oversimplifying it, I know. Yet sometimes it is exactly that simple. Ask God, "What am I missing?"
Dear Jesus, help us not be distracted by the power plays of Satan. Teach us like a good police officer would teach a safety class, how to recognize the diliberate distractions that take our eyes off of what's important. Turn us about, and draw us to you, and help us support one another in times of attack. In Jesus name, AMEN