DATE: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

“But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.”Acts 13:8 (KJV)

The devil understands the power found in the word of God, so he always tries to do everything in his power to distract you and stop you from receiving the truth. In the account above, Paul and Barnabas had just been released by the church for the work of the ministry and were on their very first assignment. Then Elymas, the sorcerer and the agent of the devil, arrived and tried to distract the government official.

Do we not see the same in our world today? You could either be like Paul and Barnabas or be like the government official and still meet with Elymas in the end. Whichever side of the divide you are on, refuse to give Elymas room in your life and/or ministry. Elymas is simply an agent of the devil out to distract you from the word of God. Elymas could be likened to anything or anyone that will not allow you to give full attention to the word.

Notice the reaction of Barnabas and Paul. Yes, Elymas was influential, otherwise he would not have had the privilege to come before the deputy. But even then, Paul and Barnabas were sensitive in the spirit and discerned Elymas for who he was. They confronted him in the power of the spirit. Don’t dance around with distraction; it will stop you from fulfilling your mandate. Don’t give room to the spirit of Elymas; it will attempt to rob you of your God-given purpose. Rather, confront and rebuke such spirits. Be conscious of the call of God upon your life and be determined to make full proof of ministry.

At times, various activities might even be the distraction. You get so caught up in tasks that you are too busy to pray or study the word. That is a dangerous place to be. Don’t allow it. Ensure that nothing stands between you and your Father. Prioritise your time of fellowship with Him. Find joy and satisfaction in His presence, and He will give you creative ideas and speed in all areas of life.

Further Reading:
Acts 13:4-13
Daily Bible Reading:
Morning- Deuteronomy 25-27;
Evening- Mark 14:27-53


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