This Morning’s Food for Thought

This Morning’s Food for Thought

The conversation of TV that I previously had with a friend has been on my mind lately…and I’ve been talking to God about this subject.

It is a hard thing to give up watching television when you’re chronically ill for it is a distraction from some hardships that you are going through.
There are very few decent shows out there, and I believe that God will convict us about some of them.

If we are struggling in our walks and TV proves to be a part of the stumbling block, then we should definitely take into consideration what we are allowing our minds to see.
There are times when God brings these following questions and thoughts into my mind:

1. Is this tv show/movie going to be a stumbling block in the area of your life where you struggle? Drinking, drugs, alcohol, anger, sex, etc. are stumbling blocks for certain people.

2. I cannot un-see bad images. Is this movie portraying images that are sinful? Can the enemy use these images against me?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”– Matthew 6:22-23 (NIV)

3. Am I being religious? My greatest fear is being religious. To cut off the world just because they are not following God’s way. Did not Jesus sit down with the sinners? Were we not all sinners at one time?
Instead of putting my focus on changing the world, I can focus on renewing myself in Christ every single day.
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” -Romans 10:4 ESV

4. Is this a conviction of God or guilt from the enemy? Satan comes disguised in the things that we may think are good. He poisons our minds to believe that we are sinning by just watching a “bad” show. Yes, an inappropriate show or movie can be the seed that is planted in our minds which, in turn, leads us into sinning.
I love the quote from A Tale of Two Cities. “The temptation and the act are different, I thank God for that.” -A Tale of Two Cities

In conclusion, if you feel convicted about the shows/movies that you watch, bring your concerns to God. Let Him put away any deception of the enemy, and let Him show you any stumbling blocks that might clutter the path that leads to God.

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Fingers that Play the Guitar

Fingers that Play the Guitar

When a person learns to play a guitar his fingers must get calloused to handle the constant changing of notes. The soreness of fingers may not seem worth it but in the end you will be making beautiful music. Has God not done the same? He may push us through a time of vulnerability where we feel raw and sore. If we stick with it, He will strengthen us just as the minstrel’s fingers get calloused. In the ending of both, we’ll hear great music.
Practicing does not end at one setting, but a continual strengthening of one’s self day by day. May our soul and fingers never stop getting callouses so that we may not become weak and easy prey to the enemy. Let us practice everyday in both strengthening our fingers and our spirit.

Being Ill and Serving God

Being Ill and Serving God

One of lies that the enemy coaxes the mind to believe is that the works unto God must be done with great physical exertion. What anxiety this has caused me!
With losing good health and gaining many “invisible illnesses” I have not been able to serve God in the physical manner. Now, am I not pleasing to God for my lack of work? No!
God accepts even the smallest amounts of giving, even if it is spending time and talking with Him.

I am reminded of the verses in Luke when Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury…then He saw a certain poor widow putting two small copper coins into the offering (which was surely all she had). Even though this widow who was poor in riches, put in all she had to live on! Can we who are poor in health give what little we can also? Of course! May we never believe the lie of the enemy to persuade our thoughts differently!

Those who are bedridden and lean on television as enjoyment, why not turn it off and give God your time instead with conversation and prayer? Why not read the Bible or an inspirational book that turns your mind to meditate on God? If you are not able to read, there are numerous audio books that the internet provides. Even so, why not have a friend read a book to you?

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a certain poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said,’Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she put of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.'” Luke 21:1-4 NASB