Diversion—to be turned away from a primary goal or task.
The enemy uses diversions to keep us from spiritual growth and effectiveness for the Kingdom of God. He strategically places specific problems in our path to enthrall us into his control. I lived like this for a long time. Every time I would commit to spending more time with Jesus, issues would arise that would distract me and remove my focus from Him, therefore stunting my growth and effectiveness for His Kingdom. You’re distraction may be fear, anxiety, pain, sickness, fatigue, relationships, busyness, problems or even blessings. In order to go forward you must make up your mind that no matter what is happening to you or around you, you’ll stay focused on Jesus!
If every time you have problems you miss church, don't pray, study your Bible or do what He's called you to do, guess what? There will always be problems! You win the battle by staying the course, not looking to the right or left, but keeping Jesus as the object of your desire and pressing forward to all that He's called you to do! Seek Him with tenacity, plan your time with Him and don't allow anything to keep you from your First Love or His plan for your life! Stay focused on Jesus!! As you do, everything else will eventually fall into place! Even as you’re waiting and experiencing the trial, you’ll have peace to persevere and the faith to overcome! He’s a good God and He’s certainly worthy of our time, worship, praise and complete attention and devotion!!
Matter 6:33 (TPT) “So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly."
1 Peter 5:8-11 (MSG) Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
Philippians 3:13-15 (TPT) I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them.