Andrae Crismon


Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

Just as I was beginning my journey with this column, I received an email on my phone concerning a work matter. 

With life’s hectic pace, we often have to make crucial decisions to help achieve a level of balance. We want to support our family —to help serve at our church —to be committed to our job and to volunteer within the community. Of course, the only way we can be effective in giving ourselves to any and all of these endeavors is by spending some quality time alone with God.

If our enemy, Satan, cannot throw us off track with attacks of disappointment, discouragement and/or delay, he often resorts to distractions. We very often mine the Word of God to encourage our hearts from attacks of disappointment, discouragement or delay which work to undercut our morale. 

Thank God for the power and encouragement in scriptures such as Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and Isaiah 54:17 (a) (NKJV) “No weapon formed against you shall prosper .…” But what do we do when Satan attacks our ability to concentrate and keep our minds on the most important priority — Jesus Christ? (Satan knows that if our foundation is anything other than Christ, though we may continue building, ultimately, our efforts will fail) (Matthew 7:26)

So how do we fight the distractions of this world? First, we have to continually equip our minds with the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God ….”) Secondly, we consistently make quiet time —even if only 15-20 minutes a day — for prayer with Him. (I Thessalonians 5:17 (ERV) “Never stop praying.”) Finally, we should daily engage in praise to God — no matter what our circumstances may look like. Ephesians 5:20 (NLT) “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

If we will consistently apply these three weapons to Satan’s attack of distraction, we will definitely have a better view of God and what He wants to do in us this year.

Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal.” For more information on purchasing the devotional or booking Andrae for an event please go to:

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