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September 26, 2015

Let me begin this blog with this. God’s Word is given to us for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. He has given us His Holy Spirit, which comes to lead and guide us into all truth; however, whether we accept the doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction, and guidance is left up to us.

On Thursday morning during our early morning prayer service at my home church, the Holy Spirit once again began to speak to me concern those things that I watch, and allow to penetrate my spirit. During this time, three words were mentioned.  The first was appetite (desire, urge, inclination, longing, craving, thirst, yearning, hankering, ache), the second was entertainment (amusement or pleasure that comes from watching a performer) and the third was voyeur (a person who likes seeing and talking or writing about something that is considered to be private). I had to question myself on what was appealing to my appetite, and what I found entertaining. What did I long to watch, and why was I watching things that may not be wholesome and productive in my Christian walk? The Holy Spirit ministered to me about the subtleties of Satan and how he has made believers into voyeurs without us realizing what has happened. Remember, at one time in our society if you were caught being a voyeur (a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching other people have sex) or a Peeping Tom (another name that was used for the same action) you could be legally prosecuted. However, our present society has made this act acceptable by inviting us via the media, in the privacy of our homes and at movies, to witness these acts without consequence. Our question becomes when we are watching is there an alarm going off in our spirit or have we become carnal that like the world we enjoy what we see?

After leaving prayer, I went to the gym, and at the front desk, two employees were engaged in a heated discussion about the show “Empire” which had been televised the previous night. One stated they was glad that the show was showing all kinds of sexual activity because the world needs to be exposed to what is happening and the other was concerned for vulnerable youths that were being exposed to the various sinful lifestyles. After listening to their exchange, I concluded that probably neither one of these persons were Christians, but the philosophy of the show was getting their attention. One employee was concerned about children. Are we concerned about ours? Are we monitoring what our children are watching, or are they watching on a different television the same things we are?

Also, have you noticed that because of ratings, a large percentage of shows are trying to outdo each other, so they are going to the extreme? Have you noticed that they are promoting acts that are according to God’s Word perverse?

In Romans 1, Paul wrote to believers about acts of perversion, which were the result of men not acknowledging God. The chapter ended with these words in verse 32, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Paul is saying that there are acts in which believers should not be engaged, and they should not enjoy or take pleasure in seeing others do these acts. Unfortunately, many believers have overlooked this verse, for we are advertising ungodly programs.

So where does this leave me? My struggle, as I know a large percentage of believers also experience, is bringing my body under subjection to the Word and will of God. John, in his writing, said, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2: 15-17).  My flesh, my eyes, and my pride can be a major hindrance in my life in receiving all that God has for me. So, it takes all my resolve, discipline, and commitment to God to love what He loves and to hate what He hates. My prayer has become, “LORD, HELP ME, AND SAVE ME FROM MYSELF AND THE HAND OF THE ENEMY. SAVE ME FOR REAL.”

Finally, I believe that all of us must choose whom ye will serve, and may the Holy Spirit help you to make the right choice.

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One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink

    this is so true. once you have been convicted you say bye bye to certain shows.

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