‘But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.’ Jude 1:20-21
As we draw closer to the end of this age, there should be a dawning in our hearts. Much less of the things of this world and more on Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith. We should also reflect on the importance of living a life of holiness which we are called to. We do this by taking a personal inventory of what takes up most of our thought process day to day. For example, for me, I used to watch a lot of secular television shows. I used to be obsessed with one television show to the point where I would watch previous episodes over and over again on Netflix and I developed friendships with these characters in my mind. All while going to church and reading my Bible. However, my mind was divided. I was trying to devote myself to God and that television show. I was essentially asleep to the spiritual things of God. I enjoyed that show so much because it was mind-numbing and for one hour I could forget all the issues and responsibilities that surrounded my life.
One day during my lunch hour at work where I usually would watch episodes of my favorite show, instead the Holy Spirit led me to watch a video on Youtube where the late David Wilkerson was preaching. He mentioned the evils of television specifically soap operas and I was instantly convicted. Right then I decided that I needed to let that show go. That show was considered to be a prime-time weekly soap opera. My devotion to that show was what held me back from starting this blog for the longest time. Every extra minute I had was dedicated to watching it. I even watched while making my lunch in the evenings for the next day and laying out my kids’ clothing for school. I just liked to have that noise in the background while I worked, instead of meditating on the word of God like I should have been. Yet, I have no idea what the name of that sermon was David Wilkerson preached or the day or year he preached it. It was embedded inside of someone else’s youtube page. But it didn’t matter, I needed to hear it and God used it to get my attention.
Of course, my new found deliverance came right before the new season premiere and part of me still wanted to watch it. I told myself, “I’m just going to watch the first episode to see how the characters faired after the last season’s finale, then I would move on.” The night of the season premiere I could sense the unction of the Holy Spirit telling me not to watch it, but I still said to myself I’m just going to watch the first episode and that’s it. The whole time I was watching it I felt uncomfortable because I shouldn’t have watched it. The first episode was filled with all types of abominations to God. I should have cut it off before it was over. But I watched the whole thing. After it was over, I just had a yucky feeling over me. My whole mood went sour. Little things started to anger me and before my anger could escalate any further, my husband called out that evil spirit that show carried and told me not to watch it anymore and didn’t want to see it anymore in our house. I agreed. That was last fall and I haven’t seen the show since.
When it came down to between God and that show, I chose God. I no longer have the desire to watch it anymore. That show has been replaced with a desire to know God more. His desire is for us to be in an intimate relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. We must rid ourselves of all the worldly things that keep our attention off Him. For me it was television, for others it may be relationships, money, careers, cars, music, pornography, etc. Friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). The last thing I want to be is an enemy of God, especially in these last days. We have no clue of when or how we will enter into eternity. But it will happen. Whether it’s with Jesus in everlasting life residing in New Jerusalem or without Him in everlasting torment in the lake of fire. He gives us the choice. However, God is merciful and each day we have breath is an opportunity to choose Him and surrender our lives while we still can. Once you have chosen God, He will use you lead others to His son Jesus. The time of the Harvest is now. We must work while it is still light. In the book of Revelation, the letters to the churches Jesus mentioned a number of worldly practices that disqualified the churches from rewards. I will delve into what Jesus spoke to these churches in future blog entries. In the meantime, what is it in your life that is keeping you from hearing God and all that He has commanded you to do?