Are We The Rich Man With Our Entertainment?

Probably the greatest possession we hold dear is our time, and I know for many our time, including mine, is spent on entertainment.

Please do not be fooled. In this world, we are rich in technology.

(NIV) Mark 10:25, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Social media, apps, games, movies, shows, YouTube channels and books.

Out of the number of things we have and expose ourselves to, how many focus on Christ? How many can be used for Christ? Are they distractions? Are they pulling us away from Him? 

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I know this may be hard to hear over and over but I do not want any of us to face God and try to explain to Him why we allowed ourselves to be subjected to darkness, nudity, cursing, blasphemy, and pervasion. Are we going to tell Him, “Well…I didn’t like THAT part, but overall it was a good story.”

Wake up dear believers, THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

THAT IS HOW WE GET PULLED IN!

This world is fueled on entertaining the flesh. 

Anything in life. It is either for Him or against Him. It’s as simple as that.

Let’s say we have a clear pond and use an eye dropper with black liquid, dropping one drop into that clear pond, can we now say that pond is 100% clear and pure? No. It was subjected to something that tainted the whole pond.

I think many of us hide behind these excuses. I HAVE!

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I talk to Him. I read His word. I fellowship with others. BUT in my spare time, I’m not always doing or subjecting myself to things that are of Him. I’ve been tempted with hauntings, supernatural, and more on YouTube alone. Videos the world considers entertaining, and admittedly they are. But taking the Lord’s name in vain, cursing all the time… more pervasion discussed…this is not holy. 

Entertainment is nothing compared to eternity. 

I’m not trying to shove my convictions on you, but if anyone thinks I’m going to be silent about the truth of these convictions, no.

Recently, as I’ve shared in Hell Was A Wake-Up Call | Life Chat God has really put on my heart the urgency in this world. We need to wake up as believers. We need to understand and write it on our hearts that time is short. If this does not rattle our soul, I don’t know what will. We CANNOT be settled in our faith. We seriously need to seek Him in everything! This is the passion we need. For Christ!

When we aren’t praying, not reading scripture, not worshipping Him or listening to music glorifying Him, what are we doing? What are we allowing the darkness of this world to potentially subject us to? 

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The more things we “own” even things that are free like our accounts or apps, they all have the possibility to wrap chains around us. Pulling us in with distractions and desensitizing us to what we ultimately need to be focused on and proclaiming.

There is a YouTuber I watch(ed) who is extremely talented. The videos are well done, and many of the topics discussed are thought-provoking. I’ve debated and argued inwardly about the awareness being released to others and the good being done because of awareness. However, cursing, blasphemy, and sexual themes that fall into conversation, sometimes randomly, that’s not Christlike. I can’t have an excuse or justification for it. It’s as simple as that. It is not Christlike. And if I TRULY want to follow Christ to the ends, completely, that has to go. 

We want to make it sound harder than it is. We want to justify our desires, even as believers. 

Imagine this, every time we expose ourselves to anything that is not of Christ, it is like demons are wrapping chains around us. Maybe while we watch a show or read a book with themes, not of Christ, we have no reaction on the outside. But on the inside, we are torturing our soul. We are weakening our bond with Christ. 

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We are becoming more vulnerable. For the following, understand that our soul is our house/temple.

(NIV) Matthew 12:29, “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.”

The more we detach ourselves from Christ and give time to the world, the weaker we are to fall victim. Can’t let go of bitterness? Holding onto anger? Worry and fear at bay? What are we allowing in our lives and what does our walk with Him look like? This is an internal battle with the consequences or rather influences from external sources.

Our anxiety skyrockets. I’m not against medical reasons for anxiety or depression. But what I am saying is the spiritual warfare is real. What we already struggle within this world will only be heightened while we allow our soul to be tortured. All for the sake because we like a show, we like being informed, we like being entertained.

Remember those demons Christ spoke of?

(NIV) Luke 11:24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’

(25) When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.

(26) Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

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This is a topic many people don’t want to talk about. Like it’s stepping on toes and crossing boundaries, but if we proclaim to follow Jesus, just like the rich man, why can’t we let go and give up all things of the world for Him? Will we walk away sadly because we rejected His offer to fully follow HIm because of our desires?

If we are constantly going between having a state of revival in our heart, and then back to the world we go between having a clean house in our heart and allowing darkness back in.

The more this happens the harder it will be for us to resist and the more this happens we give in to the desire, sometimes a little more than before. We will be deceived and we allowed it.  

This is why backsliding is so hard for many.

Our heart cannot be lukewarm.

(NIV) Revelation 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”


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22 thoughts on “Are We The Rich Man With Our Entertainment?

  1. Amen! So profound! So true! And so necessary that we get that message out. But not just that we speak it, but that we live it consistently, day in and day out, no matter what may come our way.

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    1. ❤ amen!!! God has been opening my eyes to a lot of things and I'm cutting ties with this world. I want to continue to draw closer to Him and hear Him speak and listen to His lessons. What He showed me in this post was definitely from His hand and I'm grateful. I hope it speaks to others.

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  2. All I can say is amen!!! This is exactly what the Holy Spirit has been telling me too sis. Honestly I am tired of watered down posts I see at times. It’s either we are Christ followers or we are not. There is no in between. As such we’ve got to tell it as it is. I want to grow. I want to be pushed closer to Christ and not to feel comfortable in my sin. I want to be strong in my walk with Christ. You go girl!! Don’t stop saying it!

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    1. ❤ thank you so much for your encouragement! It really means a lot and thank you for your comment on this post. I don't know if it was the day or material. But God helped me not focus on the comments one way or the other. However, I'm extremely grateful for the feedback by you and Sue on this post because like you on your post, this was something God revealed to my heart as I wrote it and I felt very close to Him as He gave me a lot of the visions/illustrations and ways to look at scripture. 🙂

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  3. This was a wonderfully written post with lots to reflect on as I’ve been doing lately. I’ve cut down/deleted social media apps and unsubscribed to many YouTube channels which serves no purpose. I still have lots to go, but every day I cut something off to draw closer to God.

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana! I very much reflect and relate to what you are saying. A couple days ago I cut out a lot too and I feel like He has given me a lot of clarity, more conviction to help let go, and I did feel a weight lifted and I didn’t expect that. I just wanted to draw closer to Him and I realized there were things holding me back. Things I allowed in. ❤ May we all continue to draw closer to Him!!

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      1. You’re welcome, T.R.! The more we cut off, the more we allow Him in. I still have a long way to go, but every day is a progress. Yes! Amen! 💙

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  4. Powerful truths here, T. R.! I totally agree. I know for myself that if I allow too many secular influences into my entertainment, I see my mental dialogue change. I complain more and am discontent more. But when I take that same time and replace it with God-honoring truth – even as entertainment – I am less crazy (for lack of a better word). Lately, all I’ve wanted is more of Him, and it’s been good! Especially since this reading of others’ blogs is my primary form of entertainment right now – haha! I just don’t have time for a movie or whatever.

    BTW, a book I HIGHLY recommend is “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. It touches on some of these very themes, not necessarily blatantly from a Christian angle (though the author is Christian) but from how the advent of TV (and now smart phones and all the other tech) has dramatically altered the “dialogue” of our culture. It contains some sobering warnings and a shocking amount of almost prophetic discourse considering it was written in 1985, long before the entertainment industry had its claws firmly rooted in the American heart…

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    1. In the Lord’s time 1985 may not even be a breath to God. 4 years older than me, but definitely a while ago. I actually watched a documentary on the 70s and it was all about allowing sitcoms to have free voice and that included topics that could not be focused on the family. So 1985 makes a lot of sense.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I’ve felt the effect on my mind and I don’t want it. I’ve cut out a lot recently, and I feel freedom. I did not expect it, but it happened. 🙂

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      1. Same here. The more I’ve saturated my mind with God and the things of God, I find myself wanting more of Him and less of anything else. It’s been a really wonderful time, challenges and all!

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      2. It really is. I cut things out and then I see temptation to go back. Certsin songs, shows, YouTube channels. And it is like, if my flesh is really desiring this, there must be a reason. And I have to keep saying no. I just read a quote yesterday some times we do not know the weights we have on us until they have been lifted. That is what it means to be desensitized and deceived. We walk into a trap that seems harmless.

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      3. No doubt. I’m doing a Bible study over 2 Timothy with some other ladies, and last night’s video lesson talked about being entangled or ensnared (from 2 Tim. 2:26). It is a powerful truth and I know I definitely see where I’ve been entangled better once I’m out. In the thick of it, I didn’t even know… May the Lord keep us free in Him!!

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  5. Hmmm my gosh! This is sooooo true! It convicted me a lot and God spoke to me through it. I’m still cutting myself loose from a lot of things that are not Christlike. Even friends who are not on that path of following after godliness. And festivals that are NOT scriptural I have stopped celebrating. I’ve already cut some loose and it feels good! Thank you Jesus! God continue to be with you in Jesus name.

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    1. Praise the Lord, God!!! I’m so glad this spoke to you, Tammy! Praise His name. Conviction is powerful and I’m so glad you are listening to Him and turning to Him and away from everything else ❤

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  6. Well said. Courageously communicated. If we knew we had an hour to live and then face eternity, would we spend that time on YouTube? Why don’t we spend every hour as if it were our last? It could be.

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    1. Very good point! Whatever we do, including what we watch, it is important we work on sharing it with God. And it is important we work on giving Him more time than what we give ourselves.

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