Matthew_5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
I never did post anything about On Course Youth Conference that took place two months ago. Truly, it was a wonderful conference that our young people were blessed to be able to attend. The preaching was powerful and anointed, and it was beautiful to see the response of so many young people during altar service times. Although this conference is geared toward youth, there have been many times where God has talked to my heart through the preaching of the Word.
The message that Brother Paul Bertram preached with the above Scripture as his text is the one that stands out the most in my mind. He shared with us the true story of Aron Ralston, an experienced outdoorsman who through a freak accident had his hand pinned under a boulder, from which he was unable to break free. After being trapped for 5 days in this condition, Aron realized that his hand was rotting under the boulder, and the only way he was going to be able to survive was to cut off his hand. So, he did. It still makes me cringe when I think about it.
Brother Bertram began to talk about how we can hold onto things that can slowly kill us spiritually. An area he dealt with a lot was cell phones. These devices are so popular in our society, and while they are very useful, they can also cause great harm to us spiritually when we use them inappropriately or devote too much time to them to the neglecting of more important things. God dealt with me during that service about something on my phone. It wasn’t a sin but something that was becoming a weight, and I knew God was speaking to my heart to delete it, and so I did. I’m so glad that God cares about us enough to show us areas in our lives where we need correction or things in our lives that could become stumbling blocks!
We do need to exercise caution with cell phones and technology. It seems everywhere I go nowadays, I see people staring at screens, whether it be cell phones, laptops or I-pads. I wonder what would happen if we spent as much time in prayer and Bible reading as we do on our devices. I wrote the following while musing on that a couple of weeks ago. While it is a satirical piece, and I don’t really believe getting rid of our cell phones would bring instant revival, limiting the time we spend on them and dedicating more time to seeking God would certainly help.
Cell Phone Phenomenon
We stare at it while we cross the street.
It must accompany us when with friends we meet.
Oh, why can’t we seem to leave it alone;
this technological wonder we call the cell phone?
The husband and wife go out to dinner
to have quality time alone;
as they sit across from each other,
both of them on their phone.
And what shall we do with our cell phone next?
Should we start a photo stream or send out a text?
Our day is just not complete, it seems
without sending or receiving the latest memes.
Of course, there are amusements and games galore
to keep you awake until 3 or 4.
And there’s pressure to upgrade to the latest.
That I-phone 1,000 is just the greatest!
The apps to choose from can catch your breath.
There is even one to predict your own death!
Oh, all the wonders the cell phone is giving.
Before its’ time we weren’t really living.
It’s a glorious device upon which we spend time,
almost without care, reason or rhyme.
It’s so easy to squander the minutes away
held in the cell phone’s hypnotic sway.
You may think I’m totally under delusion,
but my ponderings have brought me to this conclusion.
If cell phone time was replaced with prayer and reading the Bible
we’d have an earth shaking, devil chasing, Heaven sent revival!