Let us expand on Part One, showing the roots of our fear and obsession.
We who are sealed by the Spirit of God are protected by that Spirit; therefore, we need not be afraid of evil spirits. However, we must be cautious not to invite harmful things into our thinking. At some point in the recent past, I was obsessed by the type of shows such as Dateline on 20/20, Snapped, and other dramatizations of gruesome criminal acts. Therefore, I was exposing my mind almost daily to the heinous acts of murderers.
Even though I know the Lord watches over us and keeps us safe, once I allow those graphic images into my mind, I am unable to prevent these thoughts from creeping into my subconscious and causing fear in me. Take a moment to consider with me the terror that grips me as images of my loved ones are superimposed over these victims of violent crimes and flood my mind.
Your eyes, ears, and mind are the spiritual gates of your body that either allow these images inside or keep them at bay. I had been watching these types of shows almost exclusively for several years before I realized that I was opening myself up spiritually to the kind of demonic things I should not be giving my attention to. Even though the television network would claim that they were not glorifying these crimes, in a fashion they are. It is the same as the images and stories captured by the news media.
I once asked the question of one of our local news anchors at a school function why there is not more good news. He replied to me that even though people say they want more good news, ratings go down without the worst of the worst leading the news hour. I do not mean that no one is sincere in the longing to see and hear good news; I firmly believe there are many people that are honest in this quest. It’s akin to the rubber-necking that goes on at the scene of an accident; everyone wants to see what is happening, hoping or expecting, whether knowingly or unknowingly, to see crumpled vehicles and injured persons.
It is for this reason that I, many years ago, decided to banish news reports from my mind, choosing not to partake in all the bad news. In that same vein, I decided several years ago to cease allowing the sorts of things these programs glorify into my spirit. Just like the news media, I realized these shows were having a negative effect on me. I know this was an urging from the Lord. Once in a great while, as I am flipping through the channels, I will catch sight of one of the shows and watch for a few moments. I say a few moments because I cannot watch more than that before I feel my spirit urging me away.
I do not mean to say that these, or any images are demonic in their own right. But our adversary, the devil will definitely use anything he can to lure the unsuspecting into his trap. When we make the demonic seem like entertainment, we err perhaps in regards to our own soul.
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown. Proverbs 4:1-9 (NIV)
Let us be cautious what we allow into our minds and spirits through our eyes and our ears and take captive every wayward and unholy thing to the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)