Words Of Truth - March 23, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"The Entertainment Shepherd"

“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Psalms 101:2-3

The TV set is my shepherd.  My spiritual growth shall want.  It maketh me to sit down and do nothing for His Name's sake, because it requireth all of my spare time.  It keepeth me from doing my duty as a Christian, because it presenteth so many good shows that I must see.  It restoreth my knowledge of the things of the world and keepeth me from the study of God's Word.  It leadeth me in the paths of failing to attend the evening worship services and doing nothing in the kingdom of God.  Yea, though I live to be 100, I shall keep on viewing television as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion.  Its sound and its picture, they comfort me.  It presenteth entertainment before me and keepeth me from doing important things with my family.  It fills my head with ideas, which differ from those set forth in the Word of God.  Surely, no good thing will come of my life, because my television offereth me no good time to do the will of God; thus I will dwell crownless in the house of the Lord forever.     

      Sad to say, but this is more likely to be the case in many Christian lives than what the Twenty-third Psalm presents.  Many surveys show without doubt that Christians and non-Christians have the same TV viewing habits.  However, a simple glance at the Christian lives today makes surveys unnecessary.  Christian families, so called, have very little difference from non-Christian families.  From marriage problems to financial, anger, behavioral, and depression problems, the Christian family is in the same boat with the world.  Something is greatly wrong with this.
      We are letting the thoughts, beliefs and philosophies of the few Hollywood writers have free access to our minds.  Television is a device that allows us to be entertained in our living rooms (or bedrooms) by people we wouldn’t want in our homes!  Yet, day after day, they parade their agenda before the eyes of our children.  No wonder so-called Christian people are any different from the lost.  We are marching to the same drumbeat. Our children will see 750,000 commercials between the ages of six and eighteen.  These 30-second teaching modules will greatly shape their core values.  Yet, our Bibles go unread day after day in most Christian homes.  With so little Bible read, very little is memorized, and as a consequence very little is practiced.
      Remember, we will not grow the fruits of the Spirit by planting the seeds of television. We will raise a generation much like the one before, which have a “form of godliness” but have no indwelling power to overcome the world, flesh or devil.  Consider your daily habits and schedules and have the courage to change it so that the Lord will be your Shepherd.

Study verses:  Psalm 23; Deut 9:27; 11:18; Ps 25:15; Prov 23:26; Eccl 2:10,17; Ezek 20:8; Jer 4:22; 10:2; Titus 3:14;


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Previous devotions

"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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