Monday, February 22, 2016

The worlds domain, be in it but not of it!

There is something important that God wants to highlight and draw attention to, in our every day lives. We spend a vast amount of time, online. Researching, communication, staying connected, even socializing. Especially, more than ever, there are over twenty online destinations which the average person checks in at, online,  every single day & multiple times at that!  Emails,  messenger, text messages, chat, social media, search engine(s), videos and more.

 Take everything you see, read and hear these days with a grain of salt BUT also, do not forget to remember, we were warned of this long ago in scripture. If you are educated in the word, this will not be shocking to you.

Job 8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

New International Version
What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.
New Living Translation
Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider's web.
English Standard Version
His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.
New American Standard Bible
Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web.


Personally, I had an experience a few weeks ago where a very popular social media platform that most all of us use, forced me to convert my profile to a FanPage. Even though the name I used is a legal entity, being my Company name, nickname and what everyone knows me by. They demanded (only by pidgeon holing me) you can not actually contact anyone directly, or speak to anyone (as they simply just hijacked my info and left me no other choice but to click one of two buttons). I sent proof of Trademark, so I should have been allowed to keep & use the name referenced. There response was in order to USE that name, I must convert it to Fanpage! I lost years of notes. I was able to download all the other things attached to that account, but that is the one thing NOT covered in their download link. I had no access to get to them, so when the page converted who knows what happened.

One thing I can tell you is that The Word of God shall not go void. That's what 99% of those notes were. Past Monday Morning Messages! What is the message here, now , to me and to us? This is the domain of the world. It is a digital arena that we are playing in. It is not a safe zone, they own and control all of it. WE are pouring out our lives, our family photos, our experiences,...and honestly, for the few of us who are on there serving the Lord and obeying His directives, it is not a waste. But for the majority, it is fuel for their folly! Idle activity that serves the ego and most often leads to no good thing!

Be aware of what and where, who and how. Be aware of what you would do if they suddenly did not allow you access to your content, your friends, your pictures, etc!

This is a wake up call. This is a taste of things to come. Take possession of your time, your valuable thoughts, memories and keepsakes. Use these platforms for their intended purposes with a new insight, with foresight. Realizing the realm of its origin and the ultimate vulnerability or relying on it.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There is more, you need to realize there is an agenda behind MOST of what you are exposed to, in the media, in videos and in what you view, from TV to Internet and beyond. We will cover more of this next time.

Have a blessed week!