2007-10-05 - Flesh vs. Spirit
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.'"(Matthew 6:24 NIV)
I've always enjoyed watching celebrity news shows, or reading magazine interviews about famous people. I never thought it was hurting me; it was something mindless and relaxing. Out of the blue, I began feeling convicted to not watch those type of programs, and to stop reading celebrity interviews. I was getting absorbed with entertainment news. Not that I was envious of those that lived that way. It was intriguing, but it was also gossip about a group of people who didn't glorify God (for the most part). My focus on it was keeping me from fully connecting with God.
What will it hurt, if I tune in to hear what a star named her newborn? Who was I to think I knew better than God! Even though I clearly felt God was telling me to give that stuff up, I didn't immediately. It filled my curiosity factor, but didn't lead me to peace. Finally, I obeyed God and stopped wondering how the other half lived. When I gave up reading and listening to entertainment news, I believed I was missing out on something - at first. Now I feel I have gained the knowledge that I can tell my flesh "no" and still survive. The act of obedience has also renewed my commitment and reverence to God.
Lord, reveal any areas in my life that I put ahead of You, my Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.