Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are theissues of life.”
On Sunday morning, I stayed home from church with some of my sick children. As I lay on the couch resting, I checked my phone and noticed a new person began following one of my Pinterest boards. I enjoy using Pinterest! Her last name was the same as friends of ours, and I wondered if I knew her. I clicked on her “About” page and couldn’t tell by the description if she indeed was who I was thinking of. So, since we both had something in common, I decided to check out her boards to help determine if she was the friend I thought she might be.
I was so horrified and knew right away she was not the Christian friend I was thinking of. Immediately, I saw in a small font the vulgar name of one of her Pinterest boards. I will not divulge any details, but I was shocked. I quickly closed it and laid there processing what had just happened. Then, the devil stepped in and began telling my mind to, “Go ahead and click on that board. Just check it out.”
The temptation was there. I was alone. It was quiet. No one would know.
“No, get thee behind me, Satan.” I began mentally and verbally repeating, “Think on things that are pure, lovely, honest, true, of good report.” I knew nothing on that board would be pure, lovely, good… None of it! I imagined how ashamed I would feel if I clicked on the board and then as my husband came home, I didn’t confess my sin. How ashamed God would be of me.
I give praise to the Lord, though, that He helped me have victory over that temptation. I didn’t take a second look. I didn’t give in to the devil’s terrible temptation.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Social media can have a sinful effect on our hearts and minds thus leading to issues of lust, immorality, deception, lies, and pornography in our life. Below are some thoughts that raced through my mind as I contemplated HOW to keep my heart more diligently in regards to social media.
- Give God the very first moments of your morning. Psalm 63:1, “O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” I praise the Lord that I had completed my praise, prayer, and Bible reading time that morning before this temptation came. I was stronger because of being with the Lord that morning.
- Guard your eyes, especially when you are alone.Just like David was tempted when he was alone and not where he “should” have been, we must be on guard to temptations when we are alone throughout our day. We must guard our eyes. “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. For the father up above, is looking down in love. Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.”
- Commit now to take no second glances, looks, or clicks. Put on your automatic blinders. As soon as something is flashed before you, whether on the computer, on your phone, a billboard sign, walking down the street, a business advertisement, check-out lane, or in a clothing store, decide now that you will look away and take absolutely no second looks, glances, or clicks!
- Have scripture memorized and hidden in your heart. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11. The word of God is our sword. In Matthew 4, Jesus was tempted by the devil, and Jesus defeated him by quoting scripture. When we are tempted, verbally quote scriptures that are hidden in your heart to rebuke the devil. Pray for Jesus to help you keep your mind and heart clean while you fight the temptation to sin. He will provide a way for you to escape temptation. I Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.That is exactly what I did. I quoted verses and asked for Jesus to help me until I felt no temptation anymore! PTL!
- Give God the victory and praise Him for helping you overcome the temptation. Praise the Lord for protecting you. I was so super thankful to know I hadn’t taken the second look or first click!
- Confess. Let your spouse know when a temptation has come your way. Keep lines of communication open. I felt it was important to share with my husband the situation and let him know that I did not take a second glance or the first click. I shared how thankful I was and how the Lord had helped me overcome it.
- Be aware that Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook all have wicked, sinful, and disgusting filth and immorality on them, even though they are fun, helpful, and give you a way to keep in touch with family and friends. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” I Peter 5:8. Unfortunately, not everyone is as friendly and pure as your family and friends! Be aware how quickly your teenage son or daughter can “click” on a pin they innocently come across, an image on Instagram, or a post on Google+ or Facebook. Even comments on these sites are at times ungodly and vulgar. Are you guarding and helping your child keep a clean and pure heart by giving them free access to these four social media outlets? We are fooling ourselves to think our children are strong enough to handle the temptations the devil brings their way. This was a reminder for me to know the state of my flocks and be ever so diligent to help guard their hearts and minds. I am 41, and the temptation was real. How can an 8, 10, 13, or 17-year-old handle the temptation? Have you prepared them to overcome the temptation and have victory through Jesus Christ in overcoming temptations? I once had a good friend share hindsight for a wayward child. She said if they could go back, they would not have given them their own cell phone. Interestingly, at that time, there wasn’t even internet access on the cell phone, just calling and texting. She warned me of the dangers of cell phones and texting alone. Now, our children are bombarded with so many more social media outlets. Be sober, be diligent.
I pray this has helped you make a fresh commitment to keep your heart more diligently in regards to the potential dangers that accompany social media use.
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church