Ahhh yes, this is how to start your day! Your electronic device beeps, letting you know that your “Word of the Day” is ready, you unlock your phone while brushing your teeth, read the scripture of the day, feel energized by it and rush off to work! Wonderful, God is good…all the time and all the time….God is good!
WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED CHURCH!!!
The “word of the day” is not enough to sustain us! It is a trick of the enemy. Do you REALLY think the devil cares if you read ONE scripture per day. Do YOU think that one scripture per day is enough to protect you from the hand of the enemy? Let me be the voice of reason, No. It is not. Trust me, I have 7 bible “apps” on my phone and they are useful to an extent, i.e. a quick reference tool or to share a scripture with a friend or colleague or to a social media outlet. They do not replace the full bible, in my opinion. Yet I have people tell me, “girl….the Word I got from Blue Letter this morning was on point”!
Clarification: I am not against the bible applications. They are useful, handy tools and the developers worked hard to make them accessible as technology changed. However, for many of us they have become replacements to a hard copy bible. Honestly ask yourself when was the last time you opened a bible before bed or first thing in the morning, and honestly devoted time to reading more than one verse of scripture. I usually never post a blog like this if God hadn’t pricked my heart first, so there you go! Why would we allow an “app” to choose a scripture reading for us? We should be guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit on what to read. Here’s a for instance: I opened my Bible Gateway app and the scripture of the day is from Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I love this passage of scripture, I truly do, and in a rush to get to work, it seems like that is enough. However, it also makes me want to read more, learn more, receive more from God. If I were holding my two pound (with notes) bible, I would not just stop at that scripture, I would desire to continue reading, whether in Matthew or another chapter. This is the danger of “apps”, they give a false perception that one scripture is enough.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11
“Devices”. In the bible. Written how long ago? Yes devices. iPhone is a device. iPad is a device. Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab are all “devices”. It is just a weird coincidence that the word device fits so neatly into a passage of scripture about satan, but also the device itself fits so neatly into the palms of our hand. Again, I am not criticizing the use of technology at all, and how could I when I have purchased all I have mentioned? What I am trying to draw a parallel to, is the fact that the enemy of God is wily, he’s slick and he will use any means to distract us from the Word the life.
“A roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.
The bible tells us that satan works in the “sons of disobedience” Eph. 2:2. What does this mean? In the garden satan slyly convinced Adam & Eve that if they ate of the fruit they would be like gods. How bold of him to slither into God’s own paradise and create temptation. If he was bold enough to do that, how much bolder would he be to convince believers it is fine to read just a scripture per day and still be spiritually strong? The “sons of disobedience” are those who are stubborn, the rebels, who may believe God’s word but want to do things their way. Yes, satan will work in them and be successful at doing so if we are not vigilant.
We have power; power given to us on Calvary. Power that only the name of Jesus can bring. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. The bible is God’s inspired and breathed word to us. It is our Daily Bread. And while the apps contain the whole bible, it is easy to accept the “daily word” and believe it’s enough. Dust off your bible, open the pages and be rewarded with life-sustaining bread!
God bless you and may 2015 be a spiritually healthy year for you!