Spiritual Warfare Skill – Stay Focused

The animal world is full of predators with some impressive deceptive and distraction tactics. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the world. But new research suggests these creatures are also quite clever. They can use the sun’s positioning to their advantage when hunting. On sunny mornings, the sharks strikes with the rising sun directly behind them. In the afternoons, they switch directions to approach prey. This would suggest that the sharks are capable of tracking and putting the sun behind them, thus avoiding glare to be noticed during an attack. If this is the case in the animal kingdom, then as believers we need to be watchful of our only ‘predator’ and his army of demons cast down from heaven as is written in the book of Revelation 12:9 in our invisible battles. The first sin was committed by mankind through deception of the devil in Genesis 3. This technique used by the enemy has not changed. Due to our rebellious hearts, our sins have separated us from God’s protection. The devil continues to adapt and use the same tactic’s to steal, kill and destroy in so many ways as Yeshua [Jesus Christ] told us in John 10:10. Paul The Apostle reminds us in 2 Corinthians 2:11 , so that we might not be outwitted by satan—for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Do you control your life or do you simply react to it? May be you’re reacting to setbacks in your finances, health, career, family, relationship, education or business instead of remaining focus on Yeshua. To brush of distractions and remain focused in this world is not an easy task. There is a trick snipers use in the Military when they begin to react to their surroundings. Snipers have to stay virtually invisible, while moving from point to point with loads of gear in extreme weather, while being completely exhausted. The fatigue, the discomfort, the racing thoughts are all distractions that can throw off focus which cloaks of invisibility which will keep them alive. Genesis 37 tells us that, Joseph was not invisible , because he did not keep his mouth shut about his dreams and his words ; his own brothers hated him more as a result, so sold him into slaver. if the enemy doesn’t know ‘your plans’, he cannot distract you. In the battle field, when snipers are overwhelmed with their surroundings they stop, look around and listen to their surroundings so they able to refocus. This allows then to stop reacting to the external stimuli, be mindful of the environment, and focus on what really matters. Lets look at some of the deceitful deceptions the enemy uses to distract us from our God given purpose.

Unforgiveness, pain of the past and holding grudge are all distractions used by the enemy; like the gear carried by the ‘sniper’ which brings about fatigue and discomfort in a war zone. The enemy continues to use this secret weapon on believers. Our heart, which is the contact point to God is now occupied with sin; when you pray with an unforgiving heart , you end up talking to yourself. The Lord’s prayer thought by Yeshua in Matthew 6:12 emphasises forgiveness-… ‘and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors’. So not only is this a covenant with Adonai Elohim, but a rule in the heavens for if you don’t forgive you will not be forgiven by God . Brothers and sisters learn to forgive and move into light because the enemy cannot trap you in this world full of darkness. The vicious cycle of unforgiveness all around us, has allowed the enemy to trap so many believers like slaves. Lessons about forgiveness was taught by Yeshua in Matthew 18:21-35 where, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. It is not easy to forgive – Look at forgiveness as an act of peeling an onion- you need to forgive over and over again and often times with tears in your eyes [pain]. Fast and Pray if you’re struggling to forgive someone or people that have wronged you ; during that process, Yeshua will see your faith and provide you with the grace to completely forgive who ever has wronged you.

The enemy can distract you by attacking the weak around you- often times the people closest to you such as family and friends, to derail you from your God given purpose. How many times in your life did everything seem to be going well until you get that phone call or receive that bad news? Don’t fall for this trap, but rather endure with hope, faith and love in Yeshua and keep matching on. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that, “Stay alert! Watch out! Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, searching for someone to devour ”. Here the enemy is compared to a lion. A lion is proud and fears nothing, it goes where it pleases and looks for the weak to prey upon. Satan does the same thing. He is constantly looking for people who are weak in their spiritual life so he can tear them down. Stay focused and remember the book of Jacob (James) 1:12 which tells us that , ”Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love Him’‘ . Are you having marital problems? Is your love one on a sick bed? do you feel alone as a result of bereavement? have you lost your job or in financial difficulty? Have you, a family member, partner or friend been diagnosed of any disease? Cheer up ! Philippians 4:13 says, ”I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me.”

Yeshua said in Matthew 6:24 that, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick by one and look down on the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The enemy uses this same world to recruit and attack believers. Is money controlling you or you have dominion over money? The enemy uses the love for money as a means of distraction for so many believers and as a result, end up living in sin. Yeshua also said in the book of Matthew 6:19-21 that, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”Lack of patience for God’s appointed time has driven so many believers to be controlled by money. The enemy uses this to distract us by influencing our thoughts by means of jealousy, greed and selfishness. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us that, ”Keep your lifestyle free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. For God Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Fear is a relentless weapon the enemy uses to distract believers and attack them. And it one that must be broken through the power of Yeshua our Commander in Chief. Fear can get a foothold in your life and begin to dominate you. It can demoralise you and ultimately diminish GOD’s glory in your life. It can chew away your life, erode your sense of confidence, rob you of sleep, blind you and steal your praises to God.  Don’t spend so much time with negative people, listening to songs of this world and watching immoral television programs or become addicted to social media. These are currently the secret weapons the enemy is using to trap you not only with with but sin. Once a believer loses their focus on Yeshua, they derail from all children of God. Is written in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that , ”For we walk by faith, not by sight”. Do not loose focus on what is happening in your life right now, but rather grab your sword against fear -fill your mouth and heart with praise and worship, because you see God’s might, recognise his Love for you, and know that HE will always come through. Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us to have hope, ”Because of the mercies of Adonai we will not be consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness”. Take a moment Brothers and Sisters, and name what is keeping you up at night- grab a pen and write them down, and ”Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you” [1 Peter 5:7]. Remember we are not like others- one of our weapons is praise and worship to Adonai; they are so powerful in breaking any chain of fears attached to our lives. The Psalmist wrote in the book of Psalms 56:5 that, ”In God—I keep praising His word— in God I trust, I will not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?”   

Prayer

Oh Holy Spirit, give me the Grace to set my heart on things that are in Heaven but not on things of this world, In Jesus Christ [Yeshua] name I pray – Amen.

Further Reading

2 Corinthians 4:18; Colossians 3:2; Proverbs 4:25,27; Romans 8:5; Romans 8:6; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 6:34; 1 Timothy 4:16; Proverbs 17:24; Psalms 86:11; Isaiah 43:18; Matthew 6:21; Psalms 16:8; Psalms 119:37; Galatians 6:4; Philippians 3:13; Jeremiah 1:8; Romans 12:21; Matthew 7:3

Accepting Yeshua [Jesus Christ] in your heart

There is a Promise in the Holy Scriptures at John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.’

Jesus Christ foretold the ‘signs of the end of time’ in Matthew 24 that, …the Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.

All you have to do now is accept YESHUA– Jesus Christ as your Messiah in your heart; and if you do this willingly this day at this very hour, you will be saved just like the criminal on the cross with Jesus Christ in Luke 23:42-43, ‘‘And he said, “Yeshua, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”Yeshua said to him, “Amen, I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” There is no true loving parent that will lock their door in the middle of the night to a rebellious child. They either wait for them to come back or go out looking for them. So what do expect Our Loving Father HaShem to do? The door to come back into the kingdom of God is open for you. Yeshua is the only way to the Father. Is never too late to be saved and there is no sin ever committed that, God can not forgive, if you willingly come to HIM with repentance.

Now tell someone you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal saviour today; Jesus Christ called everyone to Himself publicly.

Yeshua is the Lion of the tribe of Judah that was slain for all your sins and with HIM you will face no judgement on the last day, no matter your religion, gender, race or believe. The Holy Scriptures of Revelation 5 promises us that, by Yeshua’s blood shed on the cross we are all saved. Just believe…

God bless you, Amen Amen Amen.

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Raphael

Am your neighbour (Romans 13:8-10)