Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 16 (Television and The Image That Speaks, Parts, 6, 7, 8)

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 16

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Television and The Image That Speaks, Part 8: “The Many Faces of Satan

To read Part 1, click here…October 27th (Television and the Image that Speaks)

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“And he (the 2nd Beast) had power

to give life unto the image of the (1st) beast,

that the image of the (1st) beast

should both speak, and cause

that as many as would not worship

the image of the (1st) beast should be killed.”

Revelation 13:15 

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This above verse from Revelation has never found its truest fulfillment until this very era in which images have now begun to speak.

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Yes, television and Internet have now been given the power to speak while presenting images which promote the qualities of this antichrist world system.

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LUCIFER: “THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGListen…“They (antichrists) are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:5 (Parenthesis added by website editor)

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Yes, this world has been under the invisible ruler-ship of Lucifer since the fall of mankind. And the qualities of this fallen rebel angel are the qualities that this world lives by. Oh yes, there is a form of godliness in the world, And yet, it is not of God, but is designed to deceive people into believing that good exists here, apart from God. 

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TELEVISION, THE IMAGE THAT SPEAKS

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Just think about it! For the very first time in history, Mankind is directly linked up with “the god of this world”, via television, radio, and now, Internet.

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And these remarkable devices have become his advertiser-in-chief, so to speak, presenting his kingdom of sin and selfishness in the most glorious and attractive light.

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AN OUTER CLOAK OF GOODNESS, BEAUTY, AND CHARM

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Bond_Themed_Prop_Hire.jpgAnd even though the faces are constantly changing on these media, nevertheless they each present some sinful aspects of Satan’s character, while cloaked within a thin outer veil of goodness, beauty, and charismatic charm.

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In other words, each viewer of these media will find some enviable actor, or some attractive singing idol, or some dynamic sports star, to look up to and admire.

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And as we all know, there is no shortage of admirable and enviable faces and characters on television to choose from.

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James Bond – by SteveBancroft – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 4.0 – cropped photo

Elvis Presley – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“O Lucifer, son of the morning…They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?'”

Isaiah 14:12, 16

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But beneath the thin outer veneer of beauty, strength, and goodness of these mega television stars is mingled a few of the various aspects of Satan’s character: greed, revenge, unbelief, sensual lust, violence, sarcasm, comedy, pride, arrogance, selfishness, lacking brotherly love, often lacking other heavenly qualities as well.

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Yes, this list is just a partial sampling of the many ungodly characteristics of Lucifer which he sends through the airways, via the modern-day media.

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And it is now humanity’s commission from God, to examine, close-up, this diabolical deceiver who has held this world in bondage to sin and suffering for so many millennia! And it is now the hour for us to finally “look narrowly upon” this invisible Impostor/Deceiver, whom we have long been worshiping in God’s stead. (see above verse).

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THE MARK IN THE RIGHT HAND (OUR DEEDS) OR IN THE FOREHEAD (OUR HEART)

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And so, when a man, woman, or child spends hours intrigued and entranced by his or her own favorite TV personalities, Satan’s character is imperceptibly transcribed upon the tables of that person’s heart.

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The Bible says…“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners (character).” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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And any time the Bible warns not to be deceived, you can be sure that Satan and his loyal citizenry will attempt to do just that: deceive us into believing that evil communications don’t really corrupt our hearts!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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THE MANY FACES OF SATAN

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And so, just as this devotional title says, Satan now has many faces, by means of today’s audio/visual media. And he has some special television idol just right for you, and for me, and for our children to look up to, and adore, and imitate!

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And this, O searcher for truth, is what the image of the Beast is really all about! It is the image of Lucifer, as seen through the faces of humans who possess the same character traits as this mighty, yet invisible fallen angel, now called Satan.

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And by means of the mass media, this talking image foretold of in Revelation 13, has now been perfected, causing the entire world to worship Satan and become one in character and purpose with “the god of this world”, Lucifer.

 

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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Well, the Good News is, that there is still time to turn off the world, and instead, tune in to Heaven!

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The Bible also has many role-models! And these are worthy of our emulation, as we daily fill our hearts with its life-giving words!

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As far as possible, let us fill our hearts with the words of life, filtering out as much of this world’s selfishness and deceit as possible, begging and pleading for God’s empowerment to do just that!

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And may God be gracious to each and every one of us who are struggling to overcome!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the understanding, conviction, and strength to eliminate television and secular radio, etc., out of my life…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…October 27th (Television and the Image that Speaks)

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THE END

 

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TOMORROW…

October 17 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 18: “Crucifying The Messenger!”) 

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Television and The Image That Speaks, Part 6: “What’s Your Delusion?”

To read Part 1, click here…October 27th (Television and the Image that Speaks)

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“And he (the 2nd Beast) had power

to give life unto the image of the (1st) beast,

that the image of the (1st) beast

should both speak, and cause

that as many as would not worship

the image of the (1st) beast should be killed.”

Revelation 13:15 

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This above verse from Revelation has never found its truest fulfillment until this very era in which images have now begun to speak.

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Yes, television and Internet have now been given the power to speak while presenting images which promote the qualities of this world system.

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LUCIFER: “THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGListen…“They (antichrists) are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:5 (Parenthesis added by website editor)

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Yes, this world has been under the invisible ruler-ship of Lucifer since the fall of mankind. And the qualities of this fallen rebel angel are the qualities that this world lives by.

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Oh yes, there is a form of godliness in the world. And yet, it is not of God, but is designed to deceive people into believing that good exists here. (see 1st John 5:19 & 2nd Timothy 3:5)

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST: SATAN

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Now, back to the subject of television and the World-Wide-Web. 

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These inventions were designed to conform mankind into the image of Lucifer. 

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But not everyone has the same type of lusts. And so, “the god of this world”, Lucifer, now called the Devil and Satan, understands this and has designed the mediums to appeal to the varied minds of humans.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TV_highquality.jpg

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For little children, foolish talk & joking may be more appealing. (see Ephesians 5:2, 3)

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For teens, sexuality may have a greater appeal.

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Texting_closeup.jpgFor others, it may be killing and revenge.

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For still others, romance may be their desire.

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Or various dramas for differing appetites.

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Or faith-killing nature shows promoting evolution.

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Or the hateful political news programs. 

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TV – highquality – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

Girl Texting – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Bond_Themed_Prop_Hire.jpgHEAVENLY ROLE-MODELS or HELLISH ROLE MODELS?

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As most everyone in the Christian community understands, the Bible uses not only Jesus, but mere mortals, such as Paul, to be role-models for Christians to admire and emulate.

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But Lucifer, now called Satan, fully understand this, and has given us his own role-models, for us to conform to. And now, with the advent of television, radio, the printed page, and high-tech devices, like never before this Master-Destroyer has perfected his mind-control machinery in which to conform the world into his own selfish image!

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And so, the many ‘superstars’ seen and adored by the lost multitudes on a daily basis, become firmly etched upon the tables of the human hearts of all those adoring fans of these ‘ministers of (Satan’s counterfeit) righteousness’!

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And as a result, they eventually begin to emulate them in their own personal daily lives!

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James Bond – by SteveBancroft – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 4.0 – cropped photo

Poster – Gone With the Wind – US Public Dom – Wikipedia

Super Bowl XLIII Thunderbirds Flyover Feb 1 2009 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Elvis Presley – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“A FORM OF GODLINESS”

2nd Timothy 3:5

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tupac_graffiti_Rio_de_janeiro.jpgWell, on and on it goes. The Devil knows how to appeal to humans! And under the cloak of “a form of godliness” he can make even the vilest sins to appear good and desirable! 

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But don’t be deceived. Selfishness and sin permeates today’s media. And those who allow ourselves to be captivated by these devices are playing with fire.

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Listen again…“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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Yes, do not be deceived. These mediums will change us. And Satan has a special programming selection just for you, and just for me.

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Tupacgraffiti – Rio de janeiro – cropped image – Wikipedia – Creative Commons 2.0 License

Girl Texting – cropped and altered image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

Well, the Good News is, that there is still time to turn off the world, and instead, tune in to Heaven!

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As far as possible, let’s fill our hearts with the precious words of life, filtering out as much of this world’s selfishness and deceit as possible, begging and pleading for God’s empowerment to do just that!

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And may God be gracious to each and every one of us who are struggling to overcome!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 7, CLICK HERE…April 15 (Television and The Image That Speaks, Part 7: “Do Not Rich Men Oppress You?”)

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the understanding, conviction, and strength to eliminate television and secular radio, etc., out of my life…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…October 27th (Television and the Image that Speaks)

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Those who are interested in using photos on this page may click on the provided image credit link below each photo, to get to Wikimedia Commons for various licensing names, details, and tags, and all other necessary info on any particular photo. 
Television and The Image That Speaks, Part 7: “Do Not Rich Men Oppress You?”

To read Part 1, click here…October 27th (Television and the Image that Speaks)

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“And he (the 2nd Beast) had power

to give life unto the image of the (1st) beast,

that the image of the (1st) beast

should both speak, and cause

that as many as would not worship

the image of the (1st) beast should be killed.”

Revelation 13:15 

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TELEVISION, THE IMAGE THAT SPEAKS

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Just think about it! For the very first time in history, Mankind is directly linked up with “the god of this world”, via television, radio, and now, Internet.

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And these remarkable devices have become his advertiser-in-chief, so to speak, presenting his kingdom of sin and selfishness in the most glorious and attractive light! 

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AN OUTER CLOAK OF GOODNESS, BEAUTY, AND CHARM

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Bond_Themed_Prop_Hire.jpgAnd even though the faces are constantly changing on these media, nevertheless they each present some sinful aspects of Satan’s character, while cloaked within a thin outer veil of goodness, beauty, and charismatic charm.

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In other words, each viewer of these media will find some enviable actor, or some attractive singing idol, or some dynamic sports star, business person, writer, etc., to look up to and admire.

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And as we all know, there is no shortage of admirable and enviable faces and characters on television to choose from.

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These are the “rich men” that oppress us. 

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Oh, they may or may not be rich monetarily. But they are rich in other ways too: charm, wit, “coolness”, beauty, fame, mental and physical abilities, etc.. These qualities are likewise very much considered to be one’s riches.

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James Bond – by SteveBancroft – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 4.0 – cropped photo

Elvis Presley – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LUCIFER’S CHARACTER MINGLED IN

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But beneath the thin outer veneer of beauty, strength, and goodness of these mega television stars is mingled a few of the various aspects of Satan’s character: greed, revenge, unbelief, sensual lust, violence, sarcasm, comedy, pride, arrogance, selfishness, lacking brotherly love, often lacking other heavenly qualities as well.

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Yes, this list is just a partial sampling of the many ungodly characteristics of Lucifer which he sends through the airways, via the modern-day media.

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“Do not rich men oppress you?”

James 2:6

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But as a very big “spoke in the wheel” of Satan’s weapons of warfare, television has become increasingly oppressive.

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And this brings us to the purpose for writing today’s devotional.

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Listen to the Word of God, as given by James…“Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?” James 2:6, 7

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Here above, God reveals that it is the rich who oppress His people.

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“the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.”

Habakkuk 1:4

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Both in the Church and out in the world, Christ’s followers are daily https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HK_Central_Queen%27s_Road_H%26M_Department_Store_clothing_fashion_figures_night_Aug-2012.JPGsubjected to the overwhelming voices of the world, all in unison, demanding that everyone must stay on board this Titanic ship called, The World!

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From fellow townspeople, to church-members, to the media, to billboards and department store signage, to just about any and every other means of communication, God’s people are daily inundated with the same spoken or unspoken message: “You gotta love this world, in spite of all its problems and evils! You must fit in!”

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Store window mannequins – cropped image – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 3.0

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THE RICH OPPRESS THE CHILDREN!

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And the most vulnerable of all people groups are children!

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Yes, these TV spokespeople (who are https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taunting_0001.jpgrich in beauty and charisma) present a message to children, that for the most part, causes them to join in or be scorned.

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And combined with peer-pressure from fellow school class-mates, it is almost impossible for young children to maintain faithfulness to Jesus.

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And let’s face it! None of us enjoy being ridiculed, laughed at and mocked for being different!

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And so, the daily pressure is on: to be cool, to wear the latest fashions, to talk “hip”, to be “sexy”, etc…

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But television (and Internet) is more powerful than all the rest. Because beautiful and charismatic spokespeople are constantly presenting this tragic world in the most favorable light possible!

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two young girls laughing behind another girls back – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license 

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

Well, the Good News is, that there is still time to turn off the world, and instead, tune in to Heaven!

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As far as possible let us fill our hearts with the words of life, filtering out as much of this world’s selfishness and deceit as possible, begging and pleading for God’s empowerment to do just that!

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And may God be gracious to each and every one of us who are struggling to overcome!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the understanding, conviction, and strength to eliminate television and secular radio, etc., out of my life…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet: Lying Eyes!)

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TOMORROW…

October 17 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 18: “Crucifying The Messenger!”) 

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