Cast Up A Highway



Guard Your Heart

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Some time ago there was a Star Trek episode where a couple of the crew had vacationed on a planet. They brought back to the ship a new game. You put a device on the head and the eye got pulled by it and a signal went to the brain which sent a pleasure signal to the body. It became quickly addictive until almost all the crew was trapped by it. All they wanted to do was play the game.

One young member managed to escape it and got Data, the android, awakened and together they freed the crew. It seems the whole ‘game’ was to capture the ship after all were seduced by it. Compares to how the enemy works~ he wants to capture our hearts and souls and uses things of the world to do it. Read on~

Proverbs warns us about protecting our heart:

Proverbs 4:23 (Amp)

Watch over your heart with all diligence,

For from it flow the springs of life.

A documentary we saw on 20/20 last night reminded me of it.They interviewed people from young teens to adults who were addicted to their cell phones or to gaming. They did MRI’s of their brains and noticed a drastic negative change. What was created for good can also create great evil. The enemy is licking his chops over this one.

. It becomes their life as some stay up all hours of the night to be connected to “friends”. One girl said, “without my phone I am nothing.” The teen years are a rough road to navigate, and it seems the cell phones have not always been a good addition.

We know the 'world' is controlled by the evil one:

1 John 5:18 (The Message)

We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin.

The God-begotten are also the God-protected.

The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. We know that we are held firm by God;

it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One.

And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.

Gaming has also become addictive to others. They live to play computer games and these games often involve killing and cause them to become insensitive to life. I did not grow up with them, so I do not have the personal experience, but I have seen the results. Some extreme results were brought out after the Columbine shooting where the two murderers were addicted to violent gaming. Others were exemplified on the 20/20 documentary. Kids can become so enamored they lose interest in all else in life; they are captured by the game. They refuse to respect parents, wanting only to return to the 'game. Like the Star Trek episode the enemy is capturing their hearts and souls.

Even adults can get addicted to gaming, where they sacrifice kids, wife, and family life to the screen in front of them. It becomes their god that leads their life. The the devil loves it!

Amplified Bible

I am writing to you, fathers [those believers who are spiritually mature], because you know Him who has existed from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men [those believers who are growing in spiritual maturity], because you have been victorious and have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children [those who are new believers, those spiritually immature], because you have come to know the Father.

We have one God. It is He we worship! Gaming has become a false god, an idol that many bow before, making it first in their life. Please my friends, watch your children and be aware of the dangers a cell phone or computer game can create. If you have a chance to see this 20/20 documentary, by all means, watch it; I suggest watching it as a family.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times.

That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.

Our God loves us so much, but the enemy is out to capture and devour every soul it can trap. This is an area that the enemy is vigorously stalking. Be aware! Be wise! Ask God’s guidance and wisdom. Talk with your kids about this and be mindful of their reactions; pray protection over them.

Know that Jesus loves us and will fill us with more joy than any game can hope to give! Jesus wants to give us joy and delight~ see the prayer to His Father just before His capture:

John 17:13 (AMP)

But now I am coming to You; and I say these things [while I am still] in the world so that they may experience

My joy made full and complete and perfect within them [filling their hearts with My delight].

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.