I gave my kids a warning when they were young: I told them that someday they might be reading a book. Or perhaps they’ll be in a movie theater with friends. Suddenly they may realize that what they are reading or watching is bad.
“I don’t know what it will be, but when the Holy Spirit speaks to your conscience, then you will know it’s something bad.
“If this ever happens, you must not linger. If it’s a book, don’t even turn the page. If you’re in a movie theater, don’t ask your friends what they think. Don’t wait for your friends to say anything. Instead, you simply say, ‘I am not watching this. I’m going home. Goodbye.’ Then stand up, walk out and call me. I will pick you up.”
I explained that the first realization that bad stuff is on the screen is the Holy Spirit speaking to our conscience. If we ignore the Holy Spirit then very quickly Satan will jump in and take over.
Watching it for one minute may be enough to snag you. Then you won’t want to stop watching. If you obey the Holy Spirit immediately, then Satan cannot step in.
We need to be careful about what enters our minds through our eyes and ears. What goes in stays in. It can cause bad thoughts and we don’t want to be reminded of evil. If it never enters our mind, then it cannot bother us.
I told the kids, “It might even be an assigned book at school. If this happens, tell the teacher it’s against your religion to read it. By law, the teacher will have to replace it.”
This actually happened in a high school Honors English class. The student said nothing to his parents until later. Instead, he first took the book to the teacher and told her he could not read it because it offended his religious beliefs. The teacher replaced it with another book.
- “For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” Ephesians 5:12
- SONG: GOD IS READY by Kathleen; Robin poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931 :
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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