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As I ponder on what words of inspiration I could write for this month, I realized that we are all surrounded by such negativity in the world through technology. The world is more connected than ever. However, we have become a slave to social media and for the most part it is not positive. Social media does offer us opportunities to be a voice of truth in the middle of lies. Our children are bombarded by TicTok challenges that are destructive. They are faced with negative comments on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter discouraging their self-esteem. But what about us as ladies? We must fight against the temptation to allow social media to overcome our lives, both physical and spiritual. Your Facebook post has the power to build up or tear down the one who is reading it. Remember everyone on the other end of that device was made in God’s image. Colossians 3: 16 – 17 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” If you looked at your previous Facebook/Instagram/Twitter posts, can you say that you are glorifying God the Father or are you getting sucked into the world of negativity. What if we were to look at social media through this scripture and posted a TicToK video to challenge everyone to do EVERYTHING to glorify God. Or at least challenge everyone to do something positive towards others. What if we pulled up our Instagram/Twitter feed and prayed for each person who posted something? How do you think these small steps could change the way that each of us interact with our phones and social media? Do we spend more time on Facebook or watching YouTube videos than we do studying God’s word? As I wrote in the previous post, the Bible tells us in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Why not use technology to share the gospel. Why not use technology to increase our study and knowledge of the scriptures. The devil is “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5: 8 and is using technology to destroy the soul. Let us not get caught up in being devoured by Satan. Instead, be the shining light to the world. My challenge to you is to use your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter posts to be the shining light in a world of darkness.
As I listened to John’s sermon Sunday entitled “True Knowledge” with the scripture text coming from Hosea 4:6-11 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” my first thought was oh how true. When we look at those around us, we see God becoming less and less important in their lives Even those in the church do not know the word of God. Why you ask? Because we do not take the time to study His word. I came across this blog and wanted to share with you excuses that we come up with to justify why we don’t have the time to study. See if you have used any of these excuses.
Are You Making Excuses?
“I would go to ladies class every week…but it’s just repetitive, I know the stories…Jonah and the whale…Esther…Jesus was born in a manger. I know what I need to, and the rest I get from services. You know I’m just too busy!”
That’s a statement from a member of the church when she was invited to join us for ladies class awhile back. At the moment, I shrugged and we laughed it off and we went our separate ways after services.
Now I look back on it, I wonder, is that a valid excuse for not studying God’s word? We each have excuses that wiggle into our lives, whether we notice it’s an excuse or not. “I didn’t sleep last night because I was up watching that movie on Netflix…so I’ll just nap.” “You know what, I feel like we should be getting healthy, so I’ll empty the junk out of my cabinets, go grocery shopping at Whole Foods and then hit the gym.” “I had a really stressful day. The kids wouldn’t do their homework, my husband came home mad, I burnt dinner and I forgot it was my parent’s anniversary. I’ll just take a bubble bath and go to bed early.” “I was called into work today when I should have been off and I missed my favorite shows. I’ll binge watch them on the DVR when I get home.” “The kids have band practice, soccer practice, ballet, gymnastics, football…not to mention the little one I have to have everywhere I go.” I’m just so busy.”
The excuses pile up, until they overflow, taking away your extra time. So studying daily may be replaced with going to the gym. Praying every night before bed may become forgotten because you fall asleep watching movies every night. You may just be so busy with work or your kids that your bible lays, collecting dust.
Am I saying that we should be denied some relaxation every once and awhile? Definitely not! Life gets rough and we need to unwind. But should excuses overgrow our life so that God get pushed out into the back of the closet? Again, definitely not!
We need to be sure that we do not let our spiritual selves starve. We look at people in third world countries, thin and bony. People feel bad for them, pity them for their state of being. But in reality, many of our spiritual selves are the same as that starving child. They’re craving the word of God, yet we will not give it to them? Who are we to deprive ourselves from the Lord of Lords who gave His only son to suffer and die on the cruel cross of Calvary? He has done so much for Him, and we do not return any sort of gratitude except for on Sundays. We should truly be ashamed of ourselves.
I challenge each and every one of you to carve out more time and effort into your Christianity. Yes, it is hard, but so was leaving heaven to live amongst sinners, and being murdered although Christ was innocent. Open your bible. Mature spiritually and show God you truly do appreciate being saved.
1 Peter 2: 2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure and spiritual milk, so that by it, you may grow in your salvation.”
Taken from a blog of springladiesretreat.weebly.com
This writer challenges YOU to pick up your bible, open it and commune with our Lord. I’m challenging you to be like the Berean brethren who searched the scriptures daily, Acts 17:11.