Summary: It's essential in every situation and circumstance to deliberately refocus our attention solely on God who is able to keep us from falling and cause us to triumph in Christ.
Many times we become blindsided. We are caught without warning. We've been exposed to the unexpected ugliness of humanity which we did not care to see. We have uncertainty, doubts and fears. Many times we have wavered and slowed down and come to a standstill. We have looked around in uncertainty and wondered if we made the right choice, if we should continue on this course.
But this is not a physical warfare. This is spiritual warfare and we shall NOT allow the enemy to destroy what God has given to us! Regardless if the brethren are involved, we need to recognize that they are not the enemy. We need to locate the real enemy, our common enemy, and direct our fire power in that direction. Most importantly we need to refocus our attention on the God of our salvation and lift up our eyes to Him from whom our help comes
Luke 15:11-23 KJV And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
REFOCUSING OUR MINDS!
If there were any person who was horribly blindsided it was Daniel and his three friends. Young teenagers ripped from all that they held dear and all that was familiar they were thrust rudely and violently into a nightmare of idolatry, sorcery, debauchery and deception. How could they survive? What could they do to cope? Here the words of their stand as recorded in the Holy Scriptures: But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8 KJV
So often we get caught up in the policies of the enemy who very subtly pulls the wool over our eyes, and only allow us to see that which he wants us to see. We then think that this is what we want and are irresistibly drawn to the wrong object, person, ideology or philosophy. We need to look into the Word and see clearly what God says. The popular trend of the day is most of the time not what God wills. It may be easy to fall in with the crowd and float along with the tides of popular opinion. Men and women of God will however consider the Words of God and base their decisions on such! It is very easy to sell one’s soul for a bowl of soup when hunger is staring you in the face. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. Hebrews 12:14-17 KJV