Thursday, March 3, 2016

SELFIE...SELFIE...SELFIE

Politics.  Conspiracy Theories. End Times Events.  Movies. Cell phones.  Video games. Television.  Soap Operas.  Talk Shows.  Game Shows.  Music Videos. Sports. Relationships. Social Media. Entertainment. The Economy. Terrorism. Finances.  Sickness. Disease. Wars.  Traffic.  Jobs.  Food Prices.  Gasoline Prices.  The Past.  The Future.  My Body.   My Health.  My Church.  My Life.  My Finances.  My This.  My That.  My Plans.  My. My. My.  Selfies.  Selfies.  Selfies.

Each one on the list above could be a blog post all its own, but for the sake of time and space, I've just picked one to use as an example for this word...

I can't and won't watch much on television anymore.  There is so much filth pouring across the airwaves these days.  Has been for many years now.  All of the sex, violence, deception, verbal attacks, hate and lies...and while we all know that's the case with many television shows and movies, one could even say that's also the case in the political arena.  But it's more than that....  It's way more than that....

Recently, I listened to the presidential candidates and was once again amazed that some individuals who are running for the highest office in this land are more than willing to lie their heads off to the American people.  I hear loved ones talking about it, and read the posts of some friends on Facebook who love the LORD.  They're spewing ridicule, anger and hate because of their revulsion toward the candidates because of the condition of our nation and the wickedness of some of those who are running.  They're angry about where we are as a nation now.  I understand that.  So am I.  But we're not pointing our fingers in the right direction....  (That's a whole different blog post for another time...)

While my heart is saddened by what I see, read and know to be true from public records, this blog post isn't about politics.  It's about something much more important than who the president of the United States will be for the next 8 years.  This is a word from the LORD that resonates deep within my spirit and which must be shared with as many as will hear.  

People are running all over the place, caught up in this or that 'cause' or thing or pleasure - good or bad makes no difference with regard to this point - and they have allowed it to consume their thoughts, time and energy.  And in the process, the enemy has been able to draw their attention away from where it should be focused first and foremost:  On the LORD, the relationship with Him and doing what He wants.  

Please allow me to explain.  Since I used politics in the example above, I'll stay with that subject matter for the moment.  But whether it be politics or the obsession of taking endless pictures of ourselves (selfies) and plastering them all over social media every five minutes, the point is the same.  

We're distracted.  We're fighting from a place of weakness and no strength, because we're using our own wisdom and arguments...  We're centered on ourselves and not on our Creator.  We're looking into the physical realm instead of the spiritual realm, consulting our limited little brains and making our decisions or choosing our own plans instead of searching GOD'S heart.  We're weakened because we've allowed ourselves to become distracted.  We've lost our focus and our purpose for being created and sent to this earth in the first place.  And the kingdom of darkness loves it.

Last week I had the opportunity to address a group of people who are brothers and sisters in Christ.  They meet weekly to learn about the underhanded and behind-the-scenes things going on that most people in the nation don't seem to know.  I overheard someone calling this group 'Conspiracy Theorists'.  I choose not to label them, aside from acknowledging their faith in Christ.  We have far too many labels we pin on people as it is.  And most of those labels are more than divisive...

Anyway, after the video was finished, the facilitator shared his thoughts and additional information about the video we had just viewed.  Eventually, the conversation took a turn toward the presidential candidates and there was some slightly heated discussion about several of those running for president.  All through the evening, however, my thoughts were directed to the LORD, asking Him why He had me there and what He wanted me to know/see/hear/say.  This is one of the things He told me and what I want to share with you today, regardless of the country in which you live, or the conditions in which you find yourself.  And while there are those in the Body of Christ who may not be in this place at this time in their walks with Christ, this is a word for almost all of GOD'S people everywhere...

The enemy has brought distraction to keep you from your true call in this life.  It makes no difference what the distraction is!  It is designed to keep you from focusing all that you are on YHVH and from getting your orders from HIM.  We don't have the wisdom to figure everything out.  Even when it comes to the next leader of our nation, we do not have the wisdom to know who the best person for the job is.  People can and do say just about anything to get their way.  We watch and listen, we weigh the words and actions...but do we really know the heart of the person we are watching?  I think not.  Only GOD knows the heart of a man or woman.  And only GOD knows to whom He wants to give that authority.  Are we willing to ask Him what He wants?  Are we His agents in the earth, or only concerned about what He wants as long as it agrees with our agendas?

But there is infinitely more than just distraction going on, Beloved Friend, for with distraction comes deception...  They walk hand in hand.  Just as Adam and Eve were distracted by the enemy and deceived by his words, we must ask ourselves if we have been deceived to look to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, instead of looking to the Tree of Life for our direction.  

YHVH is the Tree of Life.  He is the Direction.  Staying focused on Him requires discipline...but then, if we are truly His disciples, we'll exercise discipline and look to Him for our answers and direction...for our life...for our purpose...for the glory of His Kingdom!  

Look at the list in the first paragraph again.  Do you fit too comfortably into any of these areas?  

We can be so consumed by something that we are drawn off of our mission here on this earth.  To love the LORD with all of our hearts, might, mind...our strength...all of it.  And then to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Things are out of whack, though.  Remember Noah?   The people were going their own way - THEIR OWN WAY - eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage - when finally GOD had enough.  Yeshua/Jesus said it was going the be the same when He returns...people doing their own thing, pleasing their own selves....  Selfie...Selfie...Selfie...

If you have already made up your mind about something, but haven't sought GOD'S heart to see what HE wants, then you've made your opinions more important in your own mind than His desires.  Are you a distracted lover, a 'Selfie', putting other things, peoples, ideas and opinions above GOD?  If so, repent!!! There's time.  Don't be discouraged or depressed about it, just be faithful!  Remember: He's merciful....  

If you're on the 'Selfie Train', get off Beloved Friend!  We've got work to do for the Kingdom of GOD and it's exciting, wonderful and it's TIME!!!