Good morning! Happy Monday. I pray you had a blessed weekend. I send special prayers to everyone who is dealing with any illness or injury. I also pray for those whose loved ones have passed away. God is a healer and a comforter.
TFTD: Be careful what you allow in
James 1:14-15 (NIV)
14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Matthew 5:29-30 (NKJV)
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
On the weekend, I like to lay on the couch and watch TV. There are a few shows that I like so much that whenever a marathon is on I am glued to the TV. I am a creature of habit and don’t really have time, correction, I don’t allow myself the opportunity to introduce new shows into my viewing pleasure. In my mind, I figure I have trouble enough keeping up with my few shows, the last thing I need is to add another show. However, I’m not oblivious to what is on TV now.
Whenever a new show is on all I have to do is look at social media to get the overall storyline. My heart bleeds for the body of Christ today because the world is saturating TV with sex, drugs, violence and the list goes on. Sin has been glorified and even celebrated. My timeline gives praise to Olivia Pope from Scandal who is engaging in an adulterous relationship. The new craze is over Mary Jane who also engages in adulterous affairs. The music videos on TV and on the radio are dripping with sexual content or celebrating drug usage. Subliminal messages are being implanted in the minds of our youth and adults that somehow all of this is “Okay”. Sin is glamorous when you look at it from the big screen; however, it’s not pretty in reality.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
You have to be careful about what you allow in your ear and eye gate. I know some will read this and say, “it’s only entertainment.” But it’s more than entertainment and is controlling the mind, heart and behavior of a lot of people. James 1:14-15 tells us that we are tempted when we are pulled away by our own fleshly desire. So if I am a person who struggled with drug usage, should I continue to listen to music or watch movies that praise drug usage? After awhile, the desire turns into action and after your desire has grown full bloom you will sin. Be careful what you allow in.
God knew there would be things that would tempt us and it’s important to safeguard ourselves from these things. Matthew 5:29-30 seems drastic; however, it shows the seriousness of protecting what we allow in our spirit, body and soul. If watching certain TV shows will cause you to desire things that are displeasing to God then turn the TV off. We don’t have to pluck our eye out literally, but we can stop watching that station. Music and TV are powerful forces and the imagery can be enticing. Don’t cause yourself to sin by allowing the wrong thing to enter in. Be careful what you allow in your eyes and ears.
I’m not hear to judge anyone, search your personal life and see if the shows and music you are listening to is edifying your body. What are you consuming daily? Sex, lies and drugs or hope, love and salvation?
Take time to examine what you are watching and ask yourself is it time to let this show go? Do the same with the music. Pull up the lyrics to the music and find out what you are singing about. Are you promoting sin?
I encourage you to be careful about what you allow in!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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