Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness... His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate. He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
The wicked strut about on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
In serious sports, opposing teams prowl around enemy camps, hunting for news. In Satan's legions, opposing powers prowl around human paths, hunting the weak.
In the former, dollars and dealers, recruiters and analysts, grab for an edge. In the latter, demons and devils, seducers and tormenters, grab for our lives.
By way of screens, which are media's means, they enter our heads and shoot for the heart. The sites and sounds of the internet catch us with invisible hooks we can't see.
'Never before in the history of human existence has so much data been gathered about so many people for the sole purpose of selling them ads... Already, the web sites you visit reshape themselves before you like a carnivorous school of fish, and this is only the beginning. Right now, a huge chunk of what you've ever looked at on the Internet is sitting in databases all across the world.' *
Consider two results:
1) Internet porn is more popular than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined. It's increased divorce, human trafficking and the victimization of children.**
2) Because every click is tracked, merchants know your desires and hit you in your soft spots. Future employers make character judgments based on your internet history.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The prince of the power of the air has amplified his observations. Sure as shooting, you're being followed, and some followers aren't fans or friends. Therefore, be increasingly savvy.
To Be Continued...
* Article: 'I'm Being Followed: How Google and 104 Other Companies Are Tracking Me on the Web,' The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/02/im-being-followed-how-google-151-and-104-other-companies-151-are-tracking-me-on-the-web/253758/
** Pornography statistics: http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/;
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.