Technology & The Christian

Holiness Of The Heart

Posted by Greg Padgett on OP2er @ 2:38 PM


What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  ~ 1Co 6:19-20 KJV 

A temple is a place where the presence of God dwells.  When we are filled with the Holy Ghost, God's presence comes and dwells inside of us.  That makes us the Temple of God.

God will not live in a temple that is defiled by sin.  God must live in a temple that is set apart for Him.  When He comes in, we must allow Him access to every aspect of our lives.  God can be trusted.  He wants only what is best for us.  When we understand this, we won't have trouble letting Him control every area of our heart.  He knows and wants what is best for us.

God's temple must be holy.... not only on Sunday, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We can't come to church on Sunday and praise God, sing, pray, and listen - but then go live any way we want to on the weekdays.  We cannot compartmentalize God out of the rest of our lives.  Sunday is not just about feeling better for the rotten life you lived last week, but it is about allowing God to transform your life from the inside out.

We must be set apart.  We must exist for the special purpose of being a pure dwelling for God.  Holiness isn't just something we do, it is something we become.

It used to be fairly easy to protect ourselves and our family from bad influences.  When I was growing up, we had no television in our home.  Hollywood influence was not in our home in any form.  I knew to stay away from the magazine racks in the gas stations.  That pretty much did it.

The technology of our world today has changed everything.  No longer do you need an actual TV to watch TV.  Computers, tablets, and even cell phones have the capabilities to stream and watch full length movies on them.  Gaming systems allow you to install a plethora of apps to stream movies and TV shows over the internet.  Pornography available on the internet makes the magazine rack at the old Zippy Mart look like comic books.

Social media and chat rooms allow people to "hook up" in a way never before possible.  People will do and say things on the internet and in chat rooms tha they never would have done just walking down the street.  Something about hiding behind a keyboard emboldens people to look at, say, and try things they never would have if they had to start the actions face to face.

It is nearly impossible to remove the internet from our lives.  Many of us depend on the internet for our jobs.  I depend on the internet for you to read this post!

How do we navigate in this world of technology?  It all comes down to Holiness of the Heart!

If you have the heart right, the outward will follow.  If you have the heart right, you will abhor sin and the temptations that technology will bring to you.

It is imperitive that we spend time in God's presence.  If we know what His voice sounds like in prayer, we can hear it through the distractions of life and technology.  If we understand what the guiding of the spirit feels like in a holy atmosphere, we can follow it in our sinful world.  

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.  ~Psalms 32:8

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~ 
Psalms 119:105

God desires to help us - it is up to us to let Him.  He gives us His word, His power, His Spirit, His knowledge.  He lights our path with His word so we see the dangers ahead.

To be continued......



Daniel said...

Posted on OA1er @ 12:35 AM -
Amen! My greatest concern though is our children. Some of them are not old enough to make rational decisions regarding technology. There should be some guidelines with kids and teens. It is sad to see how many Pentecostal parents hand their children smart phones with unlimited Internet access. One wrong Google search could scar our children for life and yet how many parents have no guidelines with tech/Internet. We need God to wake us up! How blind can we be? God give us revival of old time religion.

Sandy said...

Posted on OP9er @ 8:47 PM -
Amen as well from my corner of the USA. Many of my secular co-workers have begged off of T.V. though they subscribe to other media streams like Netflix. It is ever harder to pull up a news site, like CNN, without automatically being opted-in with video streaming somewhere on the loaded page. Seeing most of the news sites make money from advertisements, they make no distinctions on the javascript enabled apps running when loaded. Hence, I turn off javascript completely to only load the text of the website by installing an app called no-script using firefox browser. Thanks for the reminder.

Penny said...

Posted on OP5er @ 4:19 PM -
This is so very true. Thank you Bro. Greg for posting, reminders are always appreciated! Lord help me to be holy....

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