Nowadays, everybody is on social media and at times it can become very addicting. According to The Washington Post, studies show that there are smartphone and screen addictions that are as chronic as drug or gambling problems. We must guard our hearts and minds and refrain from viewing things that are inappropriate, or even if we’re on social media to connect with friends, we must set boundaries.
Limit Your Screen Time
Do you have an amount of time you engage in social media or is it a free-for-all? I recommend that you log out of your account and even delete the app if you find yourself constantly checking your feed. It’s not healthy to be overstimulating your mind; in fact, it releases chemicals that are in the pleasure center of the brain and it trains your body for an unhealthy amount of pleasure seeking. In addition, it can be a HUGE distraction from your relationships and face-to-face communication.
Increase Self-Control and Real Face Time
Relationships can actually be hurt because of people’s screen addiction and lack of restraint. Families and interpersonal communication skills can be damaged because of people’s unwillingness to put their phones down. It’s a chronic problem in society. We find it embarrassing when we see a romantic couple on their phones instead of talking face-to-face, in person. We find it offensive when someone is looking down texting when we are standing right there.
Even children find it somewhat emotionally hurtful when parents hand them an iPad and expect that device to babysit them. We have a problem here, people, and we need to step up and seriously put down the electronics. It’s NOT normal or healthy to be touching an electronic device 24/7. We are so used to having mini computers in our hands that we have been groomed for the last days of what the enemy is doing to seduce people’s minds.
We need to not be ignorant of Satan’s devices of how he is literally hypnotizing a generation to their social media apps instead of REAL relationships. Look at the Bible and see that God has created us for face-to-face relationships. I suggest we all challenge ourselves and get off Facebook and into God’s book. Amen?
Feed Your Soul
Of course, we can all teach and reach souls for God’s glory online, and these are tools to be used in moderation. Really the problem with social media is that it feeds the self, the ego, and gives us the attention we crave, but it’s cheap. Social media affirmation is not tangible attention from the right source. The likes and follows we get are empty, like eating junk food or chips. We can only eat junk food for so long until we are sick. Seriously, we must consider what we are consuming.
What are you feeding your soul? If your soul is not properly fed, it will be sick. Just like the Bible says, “the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.” We cannot trust our heart, emotions or feelings (Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 16:25). People say, “Follow your heart.” But as my wise aunt, who has been married to the same man for over 30 years and in the same church for 30 years, says, “No…don’t trust your heart.” Our hearts are to be guarded and protected.
Protect Your Heart
Do you watch, protect, guard and keep your heart? The Bible tells us and even commands us to “keep your heart with all diligence.” Why does it say this and why does God tell us this multiple times in His holy word? He says, “because out of it spring forth” or “out of it flows the issues of life.” Wow. Even the Bible says, “out of the abundance (or overflow) of the heart, the mouth speaks.” We need to guard our hearts, people, like our lives depend on it. Can I get an amen?!
Listen, PI Girls, I’m easily as guilty of scrolling/liking/clicking as you are, but I’m just reminding you that there are dangers when it comes to social media and we can’t fool ourselves into thinking we won’t face consequences for our behavior later in life. It’s fine to post a cute photo or scripture or to follow godly pages and have hobbies. It’s another thing to be negligent and to click or follow what’s popular or worldly trash that will pollute your mind and pull you away from God.
I encourage and urge you to be watchful, be aware and watch for the three things the Bible tells us that war against us: “the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.” Satan wants to take many souls away from Jesus and His holiness, and we cannot harden our hearts to the Holy Spirit.
I pray this article helps you, and you begin to not only unfollow unhealthy social media pages, but also “unfollow” people in real life who are pulling you into darkness away from your Heavenly Father and your precious savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us clean up our lives and refresh our pages, our hearts and our minds. Amen! God bless you, and Jesus loves you very much.
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