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Confessions of a Reformed Doomscroller

There’s always a lot happening in the world. And, if we’re to believe the media, most of it’s bad. Some call this bent toward negativity in the news the “crisis crisis.” It’s a seemingly endless stream of hyped threats that are supposed to make us afraid–very afraid.

Let’s face it, most of the people clamoring for our attention are not focused on truth telling. Nope, their sights are set on things like ratings and ad revenue, or likes and follows. Why bother with ethical matters–like separating truth from falsehood? Negativity, mixed with equal parts uncertainty, SELLS.

On the other hand, it’s comforting to step out of the 24/7 news cycle and simply believe what Jesus says.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

John 14:1 (NIV)

Christ said these words to comfort his disciples on the very night he was betrayed. And as my friend Jeff King said, in a post that inspired this one (Quote for 7/03/2021), “Jesus is as good as His word.”

A quick plug for Jeff. He’s a Christian guy who has been around the block a time or two and doesn’t mince words while talking about it. His site Jeffrey H. King’s Blog is well written, Christ centered and filled with absorbing thoughts.

Now back to my post. I used to spend a nonsensical amount of time doomscrolling through the latest happenings. But I noticed something. Often, after reading my favorite news feeds—for way longer than I care to admit—I felt an odd sadness. So when it came time to give up something for Lent this year, I decided to quit the “breaking news” business. Guess what? I never went back after Easter. And I don’t miss it!

The Philippians were a persecuted church with plenty to worry about. Yet Paul encouraged them to turn their anxious thoughts into prayers of thanksgiving (Phililippians 4:6). The pay-off, he said, was the peace of God guarding their hearts. A few verses later, he shares what I like to call the “Philippians Filter.”

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Please pardon my hand drawn illustration. I need a graphic artist!

Filtering sure beats doomscrolling any day!

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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Peace Without Falling to Pieces

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Gabriel Cross wrote recently on the site, Pure Glory about Sleeping in Heavenly Peace. According to him, the “peace that keeps us from falling to pieces” comes only from God. And this divine tranquility cannot be disturbed, because it keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” (John 14:27) He wasn’t speaking hypothetically. Christ has the power to deliver such peace and He does!

But as Gabriel’s next statement points out, there is still danger for a child of God: “Therefore, all the devil can do is con you out of what already belongs to you.”

So watch out for the old “Slew Foot.”

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“A Slew Foot in hockey is an action where a player comes from behind an opposing player and trips him using his leg or skate, while, oftentimes, using his upper body, or arms, to further knock the opposing player off-balance.“

Source: Hockeymonkey.com

In other words, the devil and his demon buddies, resort to foul play in order to trip us up spiritually. They know the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) is guarded in our hearts by Christ Himself. So their best strategy is to sneak up behind and knock us off balance. The goal is to convince us that what Jesus says isn’t true.

And the enemy of our souls is an equal opportunity tripper.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

When the Apostle Paul said, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2a), he wasn’t speaking hypothetically either. Failing to abide in Christ can have serious consequences! (John 15:4-6)

En Garde, my friends!

Prayer:
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the peace that passes understanding. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and to be aware of the Devil’s tricks (2 Corinthians 2:11). May I always abide in Christ, the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.