2 - Get Honest, James 1:12-18
Josh Lindstrom - Woodmen Valley Chapel
Published on 09/17/2017
While difficult to admit, our ongoing battle with sin is not because an enemy external to us, but due to our own desires that give birth to sin in our hearts. Getting honest with ourselves and acknowledging our weaknesses is the first step in finding victory over sin. A Call to FastFasting is the biblical practice denying yourself food or other comforts for a period of time. Fasting leads us to shift our focus more fully to God, hungering more for His presence and relying more purposefully on His strength. This week, if Woodmen is your church home, we’re asking you to join us in a fast — not from food, but from media.The average American spends 10 hours each day looking at screens and much of this time is dominated by electronic media. We find our screens and our lives overcrowded with media designed to bring us instant comfort and momentary satisfaction, while distracting us from the things of eternity.How should you fast from media this week? It might look slightly different for each of us. The aim is to commit to sacrificially giving up something this week that will challenge you. Have a look at the ideas below, then ask God what He would have you do. It may be best for your whole household and work together, to hold each other accountable.Media Fast IdeasSet social media asideDelete your favorite social media apps from your phoneGive up a deviceUnplug your X-box or TVKeep the radio off in your carAbstain for a specific timeMaybe everybody in the family puts their cell phones in a basket at sundown. Or maybe you shut of the TV for one hour after dinner each night.Now that you’ve set aside time, what will you do instead?PrayMeditate on scriptureJournalStill have time left over? Use it to cultivate deeper connections with friends and family. Play a game together or go for a hike.We trust that as we remove distractions and devote our hearts and minds more fully to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God will reveal His will and His presence to us in powerful and ways in the week ahead.