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Distractions, Irrelevant and Disguised as Life Lines

For the past few months, the issue of being distracted by the enemy has laid heavily upon my heart. I wrote about how we can become distracted in one of my past posts, “When the Heat is Turned Up.” I even wrote a message that I delivered to our congregation one night focusing on distractions from the enemy and how we have to “Understand our Opponent”.

As God continued to deal with me on this issue he brought the term “non-factor” to my attention. One particular day I was upset about something, at this time I am not quite sure what it was about, but I distinctly remember God saying to me, “you are focusing on a non-factor.” His message stopped me in my tracks.  The term non-factor truly defines what distractions are to us, especially in the spiritual realm.

Although this term can be found on the internet with a definition, I am not quite convinced that it is an actual word (Yes, I know, Collins and the Urban Dictionary list it). However, by using context clues alone, one can determine its definition and validate its worth. To help drive this point to you, let’s look at the term “factor”. Merriam Webster and a few others provide a pretty authentic definition of the term “factor” but I like Google’s version best: “a circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome.” Therefore, I can say, a non-factor is a circumstance, fact, or influence that DOES NOT contribute to a result or outcome.

As I ponder on this for a moment, I think about the non-factors I allow to distract me or adjust my attitude. This notion of eliminating and ignoring non-factors brings a few scriptures to mind that I try to remember to bring order to my chaos or peace to my pandemonium.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3 ESV) How often do we get nervous, agitated, or irritated at our situation? I am certain, when I remove my mind off of God, my peace goes away too. I allow non-factors to creep in and distract me.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:7-10) Isn’t that something? God warns us here that, that a little yeast, meaning a little piece of information that can inflame my mind into worry and confusion, can work through my entire being, my entire outlook, and my entire attitude. Non-factors have the ability to become a factor if we let them.

Finding-Focus

My Pastor said something very interesting. He said, “What you give credence to, you make relevant. What you make relevant becomes your god.” So if I am giving attention to the non-factors in life, this means I think they are relevant to my progress.

This entire message that I am writing to you is what went through my head when God revealed to me that I am allowing “non-factors” to control my life and attitude. Many times we come across people who are non-factors, disguised as life lines. When you label someone as a life line, you look at them for support, to back you up when you need help. However, because of this, you may feel obligated to believe and receive what they say. I once used a human as a life line and was quickly disappointed. This person betrayed me.  God had to show me that I do not need a human life line to work under the covering of his ordinance or his anointing (whether at work, church, at the store, etc). I do not have to be buddy-buddy with someone just because they are connected to the resources I need, especially if they are not trying to willingly lead me to those resources.  These people are non-factors. They are not involved in your outcome!

Some of you (and again, me) need to eliminate some non-factors. They come in the form of fear, doubt, worry, insecurity, and friends who do not encourage you to move forward. Sometimes I wonder if people are pushed to drugs due to pressure from trying to please or give attention to non-factors! Do not allow a non-factor become a factor in your equation!

Dear Daddy,

Your Word tells me, “Trust in the Lord with all of my heart, and lean not to my own understanding. In all of my ways, acknowledge You and you shall direct my path.” Lord, help me to trust You more. Help me to not be easily swayed by a non-factor, something that has no bearings or influence on the outcome of righteous prosperity You have promised me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to SUIT UP! The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Suit up so that you can discern those non-factors before they even come close to you!

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.

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