Encouragement Nugget - Do Not be Detoured or Distracted!
Chosen by God!
“Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness.” (Proverbs 4:25-27 TPT)
Some words to pay attention to in these verses:
Set – To put; to fix; to attach to (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary)
Gaze – To fix the eyes and look steadily and earnestly; to look with eagerness or curiosity; as in admiration, astonishment, or in study (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary)
Fixed – Settled; established; firm; fast; stable (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary)
Purpose – That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; To intend; to design; to resolve; to determine on some end or object to be accomplished (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary)
“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]. That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. ” (Philippians 3:10-11 AMPC)
I have learned the importance of keeping my eyes on Him in all circumstances, and especially where people are concerned. When you focus on people you can lose direction and connection because your priority has changed. The enemy wants you to be distracted with the unimportant, expending energy on the unnecessary, while impacting no one, and ultimately doing nothing! Be encouraged that you're on the right track when the darts of distraction come, stand firmly in Him determined to go where He's leading. Don't detour!
Be Encouraged! ❤
Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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