Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, August 26th, 2011
Media Addiction
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)
We are a generation addicted to media. For me, it started with a television set in our den with three channels. For my parents, it was a radio in the living room. For you, it's a tidal wave crashing in from every direction.

The media bombardment seeps into our very souls; the worst show-and-tells drag us to new lows.

Did God know an electronic avalanche would envelop His people? Of course He knew. Consider two suggestions:

1. Create a pure home. Don't be deceived; foul talk permeates our impressionable souls. Words contain power--for good and for evil. You are 'A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people' (1 Peter 2:9). You cannot resist the corruption that creeps into a home dominated by electronic media. Resist the temptation, stop the addiction, and set a new standard. Be intentional and prayerful about every minute in front of a talking screen or box.

2. Learn to use media to godly advantage. God will use the entertainment industry to His own purposes. 'The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined' (Psalm 10:2). This vast, lucrative network was created by greedy and brilliant men--but it is no more than a device, and it's one God can turn for good--even to the promotion of His stars and His programming.

God's performers will stand out from the chaos like early morning birds singing notes both sweet and pure--or like passionate trumpets heralding the King. They will broadcast His truth to a falling world.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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