Hello, welcome back! I wanted to address what’s online: corruption, deceit, fakeness, animosity, drama. And how to keep us believers aware online. When we dedicate ourselves to being more exposed to the internet, we are exposing ourselves to the worldly norms and negativity of today. If we’re not careful, we can be just like the world, perceive and react like the world. Many forget that even the internet is worldly, as much of the world is on there. Just because it doesn’t entail them being face-to-face doesn’t mean it’s not worldly still.
Believers scouring through the internet can be a good and beneficial thing; God may have you help others, even share the Gospel to the world, even evangelize. It doesn’t have to be all negative. All it takes is for someone in an open-minded state to see a Scripture or something positive toward God from a believer, that person can be shown the truth; things can change or be released. God’s Word has such power that when His words are spoken, things happen. Though I will say, we shouldn’t spend a lot of time online because our time with God is more valuable.
Not having security in Jesus can inflict feelings that can have an affect on you. Especially with the ones broadcasting their whole life can create discouragement. We can’t stop others who post their life away, and the way to go about it when you feel yourself begin to compare is to look at what you have, “Spend more time in thanksgiving with the Lord. Be humble with what you have, and do remember the little things He’s done for you, and say thank you for what He did.” (An excerpt from my post about comparing, check it out):
A lot of people will lie about who they are and what they do. Believers should keep themselves safe and have standards because someone can say they’re a Christian and “live the Christian lifestyle” but have the mind of the devil. Pertain to, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” 1 John 4:1 (NKJV). You can’t have a bumper sticker and have the mind of the devil.
Moreover, when our time is spent mostly online, what we see matters. It is a place for the enemy to get into someone just through a post or video. Whether it be someone posting something you may disagree with, and you may slip and judge. We make mistakes, but don’t judge. A mindful reminder, a lot of those types will indeed do that to throw mud at your testimony, your image, and what you represent because they won’t have a fall as they’re similar to what the enemy is about.
The internet is a good place to meet fellow believers in Christ and learn more about other’ testimonies and create friendships. I am grateful to the Lord He’s given us a tool to reach others who have yet to hear the Word. Taking breaks online is good. It goes a long way away and taking breaks in general too, and even Jesus took breaks. If we are careful online, we can create and do great things that God has given us. I leave you with this, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” Matthew 7:15 (KJV).
I shall conclude this one. I hope this was something to help you while you remain online, but not sway from God. Online is a good place; I like to be online, but not too much precisely.