This week is the most significant celebration of the year for believers all around the world. It’s Holy Week, the time for remembering Christ’s journey to the cross, the celebration of his Resurrection, and the gift of new life. The reality is - we have incredibly much to be grateful for.
And the enemy knows that. So you can bet he's going to do everything he can to try and distract us away from the true meaning of what this week means. But we don’t have to let him win. We have a choice in whose voice we follow.
God desires that we press in close to him, so close that we can hear his heartbeat, know his voice, and feel the peace of his presence surrounding us. Yet it’s often a struggle. Many other things, even good things, can call us away from the most important. Sometimes in the midst of busy lives and the Easter craze, the real significance of the week may get missed. Or we find ourselves constantly distracted, forgetting Who and what we’re even celebrating.
3 things to remember as we journey through this Holy Week:
How to Keep Our Focus on Jesus During Holy Week
1. There will be distractions. Slide 1 of 7 Life can be full of distractions, on any given day, but yet this week in particular, the enemy would love nothing more than to pull us away from the most important. He is a deceiver and twister of truth, and if we’re not careful, we may step right into his plans. Here’s a few ways he may try to lure us: Through busyness – If he can’t tempt us to fall, he would be happy to just keep us busy. So busy that we forget about God. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment of it all, the busy rush of the week, activity madness, wheels spinning all directions. Yet, God’s voice cuts through all the busy, calling us to peace (Luke 10:38-42). By distractions of other things – Distractions surround us in this high tech world, as we’re constantly wired to electronic devices and news events. Life swirls around us. The enemy has a myriad of ways to try to lure us away from what matters most. God offers wisdom in keeping our priorities in order and staying focused on the most important (Colossians 3:2).
Creating disunity among one another – He’s done it since the beginning of time, stirring up trouble, causing hurt feelings, creating division. Don’t fall for it.
Stand strong in your love for Christ and one another. Let the love of Christ richly dwell within you. He calls us to do all we can to walk in unity and love (Ephesians 5:2).
Overly focusing on oneself – If he can’t divide us in relationships, he’ll taunt us with our own problems. He loves us to focus on the negative and sink right into his deep pit. He’ll remind us of our past and try to drag us down with whispered lies.
But here’s the good news - we have the power of Christ dwelling within us. We do not have to listen or give way to his defeat, he holds no power over us. God has set us free, his truth is the one we can trust. He reminds us that he covers our past, he’s with us in the present, and he holds our future in his hands (Romans 8:1).