How are you engaging with the mountain of media? Do you watch the news every day? Do you listen to the mostly bad news being reported by the news outlets in your nation? What do you do with that information after you hear it? Do you share it with others? Or do you view yourself as a consumer of news primarily? How are you responding to what you are hearing?
Today, I'd like to encourage you to consider these questions. I am not here to say that you should not listen to the news or that you should not be aware of what is going on in the world. However, I would like to challenge you to think about how the news you hear is processed within you. Are you in turn challenging the bad news you are hearing by responding verbally with the Good News found in the Word of God? Are you praying for those involved in the conflicts that are regularly reported by mainstream news? You have the opportunity to engage with heaven to be a part of pulling down strongholds which begin in your own mind. National media outlets the world round specialize in presenting, for the most part, news that sells. What's that? Sensationalism … bad news … sells! It's what every advertiser who is supporting the news outlets seems to hope for. If there is bad news, and if it's really bad, people can become glued to their television. That means they are hearing and seeing their advertisements. It also means that the enemy of our souls has the opportunity to sow his bad seed into our thoughts and hearts.
We are our own gate keepers and we should be watching at the gates for what flies through, responding from the heart of God with our mouths and our thoughts. Consider the encouragement of Paul writing to the Philippians 4:8-9 (TLV):
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—put these things into practice, and the God of shalom will be with you.
This is one topic I will be sharing on at the upcoming Destiny Arising International Summit next week, July 11 - 14. I hope to see you there!