In the desert of this world I have discovered there are but two wells.
There is the well of this world which is constantly flowing with water.
One may drink of it and their initial thirst may be satisfied for a time but as they continue to consume they gradually become weaker.
Unbeknownst to them, this water is tainted. The weakness eventually leads to sickness and the sickness leads to death.
The number one mouthpiece for the world and its system is Hollywood. The morality (or lack thereof) and beliefs are clearly portrayed before us.
The profane words that accompany these ideals soil our minds with curses.
The common profanity, “G*d d**n” has to be one of the most evil combination of words ever placed together.
Some may say it is just an expression and means nothing. But to those who have the first clue about what damnation means there is certainly nothing trivial about these words or pronouncing them over a situation, a person or a thing.
The mouths of Hollywood are filled with curses and the more we drink them in with the entertainment choices we allow, the more we quench the flame of the Holy Spirit which is meant to burn brightly.
Even movies that many Christians would consider “safe to watch” are full of this world’s ideals.
I wonder, how many bedrooms has the average Christian been in courtesy of their televisions?
How many lives have they seen taken in cold blood for the sake of some great action?
How many robberies have they seen glorified?
How many acts of rebellion have they cheered on?
I say, only after The LORD first has shown me, “Come out of her My people! Do not partake in her sins!”
The calling we have been given is for a holy people, a peculiar people. If we don’t stand out in the crowd, if no one can tell the difference, what’s the point?
The light has been snuffed and the salt has lost its savor.
Would Jesus plop down on the couch next to you and join you in watching your favorite television show?
Or would you immediately turn off the television in a vain attempt to hide what you were consuming with your eyes, ears and mind?
The old Native American saying about the two dogs is true. The strongest one is the one which we feed the most.
If we feed upon this world and what it has to offer then the world will have a strong presence in us.
We will be unfit for Kingdom work because our minds are deceived and our thoughts are impure.
Worse yet, without knowing why, we will be plagued with feelings of shame and guilt when we come into His presence without knowing quite why.
This leads many Christians into a world of the lukewarm where we wink an eye towards one another in our indiscretions.
No one speaks because all are guilty. No one says, “Quick, get out of the pot!” because everyone is in the pot and we’re all about to boil!
However, if we feed upon the LORD, His Word and communion with the Holy Spirit then we will walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
Our minds will continually be renewed in Christ Jesus. We find that we think more like God and less like this world.
Our entertainment choices will tend to be more social in nature. Games and laughter with meaningful interaction will take the place of families glued to Hollywood’s filth and the world’s ideologies being pumped into them as they, “veg out.”
Suddenly those whose busy schedules have kept them from having adequate time to feed on God’s word and prayer will have an abundance of time.
The list goes on but suffice it to say that the benefits of the LORD are great.
Someone recently asked me how I could know that this prescription I received from the LORD was for everyone and I conceded that perhaps it wasn’t.
Yet as I look at it now I realize there are two types of people that are reading this, those who are free of this world’s entertainment and those who need to be.
Again, I have SO much more to say.
I thank Jesus that He freed me so that I could speak into your life today. I am now outside of the pot and so I am equipped to warn of the danger.
Over the coming days expect to see more of my testimony as I share where God found me in this area of my life and where I see Him taking me now.
Who is willing to turn off their TV and open their Bible?
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” 3 John 1:2.
~ Mitch Salmon