During tonight's church service Pastor Bill said something so simple and profound, "Depression is a distraction from the hope that God has promised you in your life." And I began to think, what other distractions have christians bought into that have pulled them away from the amazing life that God desires us each to live. Depression is a distraction from the hope and joy that God has promised for you; poverty and lack is a distraction from the abundance and more-than-enough life that His Word has promised you; sickness and disease is a distraction from the health that God has promised you; Anxiety and worry is a distraction from the peace that God has promised you. It's all a simple distraction, and it's all a lie of the world versus the truth of God's Word. It's the difference between keeping your eyes on the promises of God and His Word and turning your head and focusing on what you see around you and accepting that as your reality.
God has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, the power to overcome any and all situations through His Word and His power that resides on the inside of us, and all that's required of us is to believe and therefore speak. To continue to believe and therefore speak. But so easily we get distracted by the words or situations of others, or situations that come up in our lives, and instead of continuing to believe and therefore speak, we stop believing and stop speaking and begin accepting.
Close to the end of the service he said, "create an atmosphere in your life for the Holy Spirit to move in." Make your life, and all that encompasses it, an atmosphere for God's Word and the Holy Spirit to take residence in. Why? Because the Holy Spirit leads and guides you in all truth and understanding, provides peace in all situations; because God's Word provides life and conviction and has the power to transform all situations because it's alive on the inside of you and spoken forth into your situations.
Don't allow yourself to be distracted, even in situations where you are tempted to compare yourself to someone else. So often, we lose sight of our relationship with God because we spend so much time comparing how our relationship with God appears with that of someone else. It's pointless. Why? because God wants your heart and when your focus is on the perception of another versus the perception of yourself, you lose sight of the purpose - which is to become more like Him.