Archive for September 26, 2016

Open My Eyes, Lord……Part 1

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways.
~ Psalm 119:37
Just sayin’……..
Posting and reposting and sharing Scripture verse pictures….great stories…..etc…………is “good”, but is it “best”?

The answer to this question only lies in how much time you have spent IN God’s Word (for real…..not “reading” it in little clips in cute facebook pictures)…when you have spent more time in God’s Word – the Bible – His Love Letter to us…..than you have on Facebook – posting, reposting, and sharing……

Is the Scripture that you’re posting the one that He showed you this morning… your personal time alone with Him…..or did you just click on a picture someone else posted….that someone else posted……etc. without even reading the quote in context to see what, exactly God is saying……

Don’t tell me you don’t have time to read God’s Word, to get up 15-20 minutes earlier to have alone time with the God of the Universe, when you spend hours and hours “looking at worthless things”.

I have to carefully guard myself in this area….we all do…

Yes, some of us post Christian quotes, Scripture verses, etc……but, then…….on the same “wall”, in the same “place”, post quotes that are from groups, or people that blatantly promote the very sins that Jesus died for, the ones that the Bible tells us to:

“Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.”

Proverbs 4:14-15

It doesn’t say “research it”, “be curious about it”, “get to know it better, so you can better ‘combat’ it”, or “be entertained by it”……No, it says to avoid it……

1 – to keep away from; keep clear of; shun.
2 – to empty; eject or expel.
Social media can be a great outreach tool, a great means to share Jesus Christ with a world that is hurting, and in desperate need of Him – His love, His salvation, His hope, His joy, His peace, His contentment…………the list goes on…
But it can also be an effective weapon in the enemy’s arsenal. How? By distracting us….for just 1 more “post”, one more picture, one more article…….it can stir up emotions and pride in us…..rather than stirring up love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
So, set a timer today……keep track of how much time you spend on Facebook, and look at it in proportion to the amount of time that you spend reading God’s Word….
Lord, keep my eyes (and my mind, heart, and hands) from worthless things.
Help me to remember that love is not an emotion, but a choice, and, yes, even a discipline.
Help me to accept correction when I stray away from You.
Help me to love others enough to consider their eternal ends above their opinions of me.
Help me to speak Your Word in love, firmly and boldly, to provide life – not just “surviving” but thriving – abundant and free – the way You intended it to be from the beginning.

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