We definitely need to be careful what we watch, whether it’s on TV, the internet or anywhere! We’re more easily influenced than we sometimes realize!
Singles are influenced by the dating life they watch on TV and the music they listen to. Married people let culture influence how they treat their spouse and whether they stay married. Kids how they treat their parents. What they wear. How they talk. Words they use. Children learn from what they watch on TV.
It is said that the media reflects the culture. But media also shapes the culture. It shapes people.
Be careful what you let shape you.
The Bible tells us to guard your heart:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
That is why it is vital what we fill our hearts with! Because it will affect our lives, our words, our feelings, our thoughts, our families, the paths we choose.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” (Luke 6:45).
Be careful what you store up in your heart!
This is serious stuff.
Pick, choose and refuse. You don’t have to watch everything that’s put before you. You can turn the channel, turn away, close your eyes, leave the room or leave the party. But also be intentional of filling your heart with good things.
Who do want to be like? Who do you want to imitate? Choose who you let influence you.
The Bible says:
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20 (NRS)
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
You have a chance to spend time with very wise men and women and learn from their knowledge, experience and wisdom. They can help you grow closer in your relationship with God and knowledge of spiritual truths and God’s Word. You may say, “I want godly mentors! Where can I find great men and women of God to help me grow closer to God?” It’s easy. It’s simple.
By watching their shows and programs. God can speak to you through them and help shape your life.
Some of the best shows you can ever watch are Christian television shows that preach the Word of God, edify and encourage believers and glorify Jesus. They’re really easy to find. They’re pretty much everywhere if you look for them.
Here’s some of my favorites (among others) that I highly recommend:
The 700 Club (or CBN) www.cbn.com (Also one of the best sources of news in my opinion!)
Believer’s Voice of Victory – Kenneth & Gloria Copeland www.kcm.org
Enjoying Everyday Life – Joyce Meyer www.joycemeyer.org
Spend time with God in prayer, worship and reading His Word. Let the Holy Spirit guide you everyday. Listen to Him. Fellowship with other believers. Take advantage of the great Christian programs that are available to help influence and shape your life, shape your relationships with family and the people around you and help you grow closer in your relationship with God.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)