Proverbs 25:28 “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
In the 1960s, the youth of that age coined the phrase; “If it feels good, do it.” That philosophy flies in the face of God’s warning.
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
The ability of God’s people to govern their spirit has been the focus of the enemy’s attack for centuries. This age of technology has brought about a bombardment of the senses. Eyes and ears have so much thrust at them that to discern the difference between right and wrong, good and evil; decisions must be made so much faster, that we often miss stopping what now draws us into sin.
We have begun to crave information more and more. We falsely believe that more is better. God gives us a filter through which truth can pass, and error gets weeded out.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Global releases of movies today betray the attention they command. Many millions of dollars are spent of finding out what it is we want to see and they bring it to the big screen or stream it into our homes. When we can step back and evaluate just what it is we are watching, we would be appalled.
Most every movie made today will break many, if not all, ten commandments. We hear lying, cursing, God’s name taken in vain, and we are unable to un-hear it. We see murder, cheating, adultery, immorality, nudity, and such things played out before us, we become numb to its influence.
We watch as believers are made to look like imbeciles, ignorant, or quirky and unable to fit into the ‘normal’ life that is being portrayed. Homosexuality is accepted, even championed because they utterly fail to represent it in real life. All that is devoid of God is lifted up as believers are made to be fools, psychopaths, and mentally ill.
It is incredulous when we, who are God’s children, will sit for hours watching and taking in such unrighteousness, have the gall to complain about a sermon of pure truth lasting less than your average movie.
How it must grieve our Father’s heart!
It merely comes down to a choice. The ability to govern what we watch, when we watch and how much we watch. Job made a covenant with his eyes.
Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”
David came to know the importance of what he took in with his eyes.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Again, the choice is ours.
Consider the influence that technology has over us. What is it that we read in our free time? How often do we look at our phones? Can we be quiet for longer than a few minutes without being distracted by a notification that we have a text, email, or the latest marketing ploy sent to our phones?
When we realize we have left our home without our phone, do we immediately turn back, or be separated from it? You will know you are addicted when you cannot live without the technology to which we have grown so accustomed. Computers, television, DVD players, Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and so many more are being created to vie for our attention; we fail to realize just what it is we are being taught.
We plunk our children in front of a seemingly harmless children’s program and fail to realize the humanistic philosophy they are espousing. We use as a babysitter instead of the interaction that would bond a parent and child in later years. We teach them it is OK to disconnect and allow technology to teach them.
The ability to quote more movie lines than scripture is telling and sadly disappointing. If we would but chose to redirect our time and reprioritize what we do with that time, we could be more productive for God.
We have been put to sleep with the amusement of the day. Sports, culture, cooking, fashion, travel, and even reality shows are made to fill the quiet and the void we feel in our lives. All this is still so unfulfilling.
God admonishes us:
Psalm 4:4 “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
We have lost the ability to be quiet and meditate on truth.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
When we are able to quiet ourselves, we can get to know God.
Elijah sought God’s voice. It was not in the lightning or the thunder. It was not in the earthquake or the fire. It was a still, small voice.
1 Kings 19:13 “And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
Take some time to purposefully turn off your phone, television, radio, and any other distraction and still yourself inside. For some of us, it may take some planning because life and family just cannot be put on hold. But to be able to find that quiet place and a space of time to enjoy it may take waking earlier than we are accustomed.
I have found that in the quiet of the morning is one of the best times to set my spirit aright with God. Uninterrupted prayer can be something for which we covet and yearn. Once you have found it, there will most certainly be an attack as Satan knows that is where we draw our power.
When our spirits are in tune and inline with God, we are a force with which to be reckoned. When all of God’s people are on the same page, with one heart and one mind; we can like those in the upper room – shake the world for our Savior.