Watching and Praying!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, February 21, 2019

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Whereas online shopping offers the convenience of purchasing items from the comfort of one’s home, it has many disadvantages as well. For one thing, the moment we provide our personal information to complete a purchase online, it becomes accessible to many other merchants which bombard us with offers day after day. It is therefore not surprising that so many people struggle with a shopping addiction. That addiction worsens with every email and pop-up add to which a shopping addict is exposed. Even non-shopping addicts are overwhelmed with the number of ads and emails they receive. It is clear to me these vendors do not care whether or not we can afford their merchandises. They rely on computers that use an algorithm to determine who to contact. These artificial intelligent machines have no feelings and are not concerned about the financial damage they are causing. They merely respond according to their mechanical design.

One of the things we can do to avoid getting bombarded by online merchants is being careful about the way we share our information and which sites we visit. I have had to block many sites and Unsubscribe to many others. If I get an email from a sender that is not in my contact list, I deleted it immediately. My computer has filters that prevent many types of emails or images from popping up while I’m using it.

The devil manages the most significant online businesses. He is selling fantasies that destroy marriages, promoting pornography, encouraging online terrorism, selling weapons of destruction, and entrapping people into life-long addictions. He is like a robot that does not know when enough is enough. He constantly bombards our eyes with sinful images to corrupt our minds.

We need to learn to set a guard over our eyes to strengthen our ability to resist temptations. In Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus taught his disciples, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” The Holy Spirit is the spiritual lens with which we should look at the world. Then, we will not be led astray or get caught up in sinful practices that may destroy our relationship with God and our loved-ones or ruin our finances or health or reputation.

I never received an email from a vendor to let me know they were not going to contact me anymore because they are concerned about my financial health. In the same way, I don’t expect the enemy to cease enticing us to look at things we’re not supposed to see. We have to cultivate godliness and pray for wisdom so we can make a covenant with our eyes not to look at anything that can lead us astray.

Most people are impulse shoppers. We see something that looks good, and we buy it immediately without thinking of the benefits or disadvantages of owning that item. My recommendation is that we pray before making any and every decision. That is what Jesus is teaching us in today’s text. Watching implies observing, asking questions, paying attention, and doing our research. It is doing our due-diligence before making a decision. Thus we minimize our impulsiveness and maximize the benefits of our choice. Through prayer, we invite God to help us make wise decisions and to protect us from devastating outcomes.

By combining watching and praying, we strengthen our spiritual resolve and make it very difficult for the enemy to deceive us. Ultimately, we are each responsible for developing what I call, our unique spiritual rhythm. That means having our steps ordered by God and bearing fruits of righteousness for the glory of God.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to sanitize our eyes so we can remain hidden in God through Christ.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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