Is the Time You Spend on Facebook a Waste of Time?

Is the Time You Spend on Facebook a Waste of Time?Facebook. That website that was so cool a few years ago and now everyone is on it. The place where you go and spend a lot of your time online. The main website for millions of people who are online.

The app you keep checking when a new notification shows up on your phone. The place where you post how bored you are, what you ate, where you went, etc. The place where there’s lots of pictures, lots of videos, lots of friends, etc. Have you ever wondered,

Is Facebook Really a Big Waste of Time? For me, is Facebook a waste of time?

What is Facebook?

Everyone knows what Facebook is. It is a website where you go and put a profile picture, you edit your school and information, you add pictures, you post statuses, you poke others, you connect with friends, etc.

It is the place where you meet with old friends (or old enemies), where you have no idea what’s going on but there’s lots of stuff happening. The where there are a lot of pages to like, lots of groups to join, lots of games to play, and apparently a lot is going on. It’s the place the seemingly “connects you with the whole world”. It’s the place where you can create a virtual profile of your best self, posting only the best pictures and things about yourself, where you can be virtually perfect.

A place where boys stalk girls and vice-versa. A place where parents go to check up on their children and family. A place that makes you envious and desirous to have another’s life and situation. A networking website, with all it entails. Eye opening yet so limiting. A walled garden (google or any website or person can’t see your profile unless you allow them to). The place with very complicated privacy settings. The place that continually changes and exposes more of your information even without your permission. A place where the whole world meets together. A very evil place.

How Much Time are You on Facebook?

For most of us facebook is THE INTERNET. The place where you go to see what your friends are doing. The place where others post all the cool videos (like this kid who is amazing in basketball shooting) and pictures. The place where you chat with your friends or stalk people you would like to talk to. The place where you can play games, where you’re bombarded with invitations to play this or that game, where you can poke others, like pictures and statuses, comment about stuff, etc.

It’s the website where we spend a lot of our internet time and yet accomplish nothing. We sometimes spend hours checking out this and that, and we have no idea how time went by. If you were to check with yourself or even time yourself, how much time do you spend on Facebook daily?

Do You Waste Your Time by Being on Facebook?

I’m not gonna ask you WHAT are you doing on facebook, but I can ask you one question – which I am also asking myself: Do you waste your time by being on Facebook? Is my being on facebook, checking this and that, a waste of time? I have to admit that for the past 3-4 years much of my time has been wasted on Facebook. Too much time. And not only me: I look around and I see so many people just wasting time doing nothing but “being on facebook”.

Do You Waste Your Time by Being on Facebook?

I got to the point that I took it to the Lord personally and I consecrated my time on Facebook to Him. Yes, I do have >3500 friends on Facebook, but do I waste my time and their time by being friends on Facebook? What do I do on Facebook? How can I redeem the time by being on Facebook?

Redeeming the Time While Using Facebook

We all need to bring the matter of being on Facebook to the Lord.

Lord, how can I redeem the time while being on Facebook? It is necessary to be there from time to time, but how can I redeem this time? How can I go against my natural disposition and tendency to just skim through things, check out stuff, and let time go by without gaining You…?

You may even take the decision to NOT be on Facebook for a few weeks – you will see, you won’t miss much stuff, but you may rather LIVE more in reality (than in a virtual bubble called Facebook). Here are some ways that I discovered I can not only NOT waste time on Facebook but USURP Facebook by using this evil and time-wasting website for the Lord:

  • PRAY about your time on Facebook. First of all, Pray. Don’t DO something. Pray, Lord, what am I doing here? What do You want me to do here? Lord, is this a waste of my time and Your time? Lord, I want to gain You more in this time. Lord Jesus, my friends. I want them to know You! – mention your friends to the Lord! When you see something, pray about it. When a picture or a video or a status shows up in your feed, pray for that person. Mingle your being on facebook with prayer.
  • Daily post something that you enjoy in the Bible. It takes courage to stand for the Lord on Facebook. Others may label you, talk about you, criticize you, etc. But we need to force ourselves to testify to our friends, relatives, and acquaintances:  I love the Lord, I love His Word, I am a Christian, and I am a God-man! Share a verse. A song. A portion in the footnotes. Something that touched you. Share your enjoyment of Christ. Be real on Facebook: testify of your real enjoyment!
  • Like the right kind of pages + share their status updates. Have you ever heard of, The Mystery of the Human life? Also: Lord Jesus I love You – I really Love You! And, AgeTurners. Living To Him. Bibles for America. Free Christian Literature. Truth and Experience. Each One Has. Christians on Campus. Here’s a link for some of the Christians on Campus facebook pages. How about, Christian Blogs. Agodman.com. Pray-reading the Word. Conferences – Mingling is the Way. There are SO MANY OF THEM! Like them, comment, share their statuses.
  • USE Facebook to Usurp Facebook. Facebook is a networking website – when you “like” a status / photo / link, your friends will see it. You don’t even need to talk about it – just preach the gospel to your friends by liking the right stuff. Like the saints’ statuses, pictures of saints and families, young people’s meetings, etc. Comment on the right kind of things. Avoid certain people, mute others, unsubscribe from some who don’t help you be in your spirit while being on Facebook.
  • Use the Groups! Get together with companions in a group on Facebook and pray together. Encourage one another. Ask them to pray for you. Bible reading schedules. Ministry readings and stuff. Use lettheword.com and excellentbeliever.com. Get yourself surrounded by seeking companions and pursue the Lord together.
  • Choose Your Friends Carefully. This is so true on Facebook – don’t “hang out” by listening and checking out the friends that don’t pursue the Lord. This doesn’t mean you should “live in a Christian bubble”, but rather pray for your friends. Don’t like / comment on some things that the Lord within doesn’t want you to – pray for your friends. Even unsubscribe or unfriend some friends who are so bold to be atheistic or against God / moral things. Pray about this. Do this with the Lord as He leads you within.
  • Affiliate Yourself with the Saints. Don’t shy away from your fellow companions. Put pictures with the saints; seek to have MORE pictures with the saints than with your classmates. Our real social life is the church life, and we love being with those who eat, drink, and breathe in Jesus. Be joined to them. Testify of your enjoyment. Your worldly friends are carefully checking you out – if you stand with the saints, they will respect you and even desire to join you. I was surprised how some of my worldly friends know the names of the saints – because I post pictures with the saints!
  • LIKE and share good articles on Facebook. Yes, related to health. Sometimes even something funny. But most of all, like and share articles from the saints’ blogs and websites. I made a collection of the saints’ websites via agodman.com. Share your enjoyment and use the “like” button on their website to LIKE and SHARE the saints’ enjoyment!
  • Don’t be “over the top” for God. Be absolute for Him inwardly, but when you post and express yourself on Facebook, don’t be too much. Learn to be human. Do all things together with the Lord. Don’t be the preacher, the teacher, but a normal Christian. It’s good to ask questions related to your human life. It’s good to chat with your friends, visit their profile, like statuses and pictures, and interact. But do all things with the Lord. Seek to be one with Him in all your being on Facebook.
  • LIMIT Your time on Facebook. Facebook is definitely part of the trend of the age, the flow of dissolution, the evil river flowing into the lake of fire, and the youthful lusts. Limit yourself, even time your being on facebook. In this matter don’t even consult the Lord – as a human being you need to take care of certain things like school, study, work, exercise, meeting, rest, etc. Make sure these take priority, and then Facebook. Learn to make a schedule, and limit your being on Facebook. Don’t worry, you won’t miss much!
  • Fellowship with your Christian friends outside of Facebook. Use facebook to set a time, and get together physically / via phone to talk and pray. Pray for your being on Facebook. Read the Word. Be sanctified. Learn to FLEE together. Learn to NOT drink of what Facebook has to offer. Be vigilant. Be one with the 300 in Gideon’s army today. Be an overcomer!
  • Fellowship with other saints and even older ones: how can we use Facebook for the Lord? Don’t keep it extremely personal and private – fellowship about it. We need much more encouragement on this line, and more fellowship on how to not be usurped by Facebook but rather use it for the Lord.

… and many other ways. In everything, fellowship with the Lord, and ask Him to shine on you.

O Lord Jesus, One with You While Browsing Facebook!

Make sure the first thing in the morning is NOT Facebook but your personal touch with the Lord. The last thing I do at night should NOT be Facebook, but opening to the Lord and touching Him in His word and prayer. Disable the notifications when your friends post. Disable as many notifications as possible. Don’t allow Facebook to bother you.

We need to learn to be on guard, ready for the enemy’s attack while being on Facebook. We love the Lord much more than we love Facebook. Let’s cultivate our love for Him, and ask Him to make us His overcomers. We want to be the dispensational instrument in God’s hand that ends this age and brings Him back! We want that in everything, including our time on Facebook, we would be one with the Lord!

PS. Apologies for the length of the article. Still, there will be MORE on this subject – this is just a little I have to share for now.

Pictures credit: facebook logo and Facebook – waste of time.

Paying Attention to the News that are Really News

Paying Attention to the News that are Really NewsIt used to be that you need to wait until you get the newspaper to find out what’s going on in the world. It used to be that only at set times during the day there were news on radio or TV.

And people were absorbing what the news stations / agencies had to give them. Word by word, they were “the news” to them.

But now it’s all changed. “The news” are coming to you. They are everywhere, you just need to have one of those smartphones. Or be online. Or look around.

The News are Coming to You!

The news are now breaking on twitter and they are on Facebook. You just need to know who to follow on twitter and what Facebook pages you need to be a fan of. You can have alerts on the breaking news, and you can download apps for every news agency in the world.

You can view TV news on your smartphone, PC, laptop, tablet, wherever you are and at any time. They are recorded and put online. And there’s lots and lots of news.

So This is what You Call News?

What are we being fed? What is today considered as being news? Here are some of the kinds of things we find out through the “news websites”:

  • News about wars, revolutions, social unrest, shootings, killings, evil people doing evil things. Are these news? Same things happened since the world began, and every year they happen again and again, only their intensity and frequency differ. The actors, location, nation, and details are different, but it’s the same “news”: things are really bad, no matter where you are.
  • News about politics, parties, corruption, lies, shame, dishonesty, immorality, etc. These are NOT news; rather, they are just like the first category, the “more refined and cultured” expression of the sinful human nature. There is NO way for a politician to be true to his beliefs and ideology, which change as time goes by since he wants to please the masses. He is never moral, not a pattern, but a sinner like the rest of us. Why are you still surprised?
  • Gossip, celebrity news, relationships, and other stuff. Most teenagers and young people feed on this. This one got together with that one, and that one broke up with that one. This one became pregnant, the other one was caught with drugs, another one was shot, etc. There are websites dedicated to this, and it is pleasing to the flesh of some people to just browse them and subscribe. Again, this is NOT news: in 2 years from now they are old, not valuable, and forgotten.
  • Tech News: new gadgets coming out, thinner phones, higher technologies, better operating systems, more apps, more games, etc. There’s google with their search engine, but then there’s the social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which have no value except a lot of users, so google makes google+ to match them! There are websites dedicated to “reviewing the gadgets” and “talking about tech news”. Newer technologies and newer phones coming out, and the one you buy as NEW today is old in a month. This is NOT news: it’s just “hot air”, people speaking of things which have NO value. In 2 months what someone writes today has NO value, and even the principles of reviewing and writing change.
  • News about other topics: nature, climate change, cars, books, culture, cooking, people, health, wedding, marriage, shopping, children, young people, parents, gaming, photography, programming, spirituality, atheism, science, the universe, etc. They may present certain information which seem so real and true, and in a few years “science discovers a new thing” which annuls all the previous things. We’re being cheated. New things make the old obsolete. New photographers or coders make the previous ones look old and infantile. Something’s wrong!
  • News Analysis: there are some websites that do great reviews and analysis of the REAL news, having some deep insights of why wars and insurrections happen (see stratfor.com), etc. You read one article there and you think you know what’s happening, and why the terrorists do what they do, etc. But then another article comes out, with a longer review, and you realize: I’m wasting my time reading stuff that will change tomorrow anyways, and all they do is expose man’s evil nature in its intricacies…

These are not all the news out there – whatever your preference is, there’s “news” about that. The question still remains: are these really news? They are new for a moment, an instance, and then they are old news, something that occupies your memory (if you allow them to reside there). Then another piece of news come, and… so on.

All these so-called news are merely hot air. The more they bombard us and try to get us, the more we are filled with dung flies which make us itchy, nervous, and hungry for things which are not real.

What is Really News?

Video news. Text news. Picture news. Breaking news. World news. National news. Local news. Friends news feed. Family news. Animal news. Nature news. Climate news. Your personal news.Video news. Text news. Picture news. Breaking news. World news. National news. Local news. Friends news feed. Family news. Animal news. Nature news. Climate news. Your personal news.

What is news? What is really something that can feed you, constitute you, make you better, inform you, take you on, and make you a human being that is properly informed of what is really going on?

Believe me, I check the so-called news daily, and the above categories are just some of a “system of news” designed to get your attention, pester you, make you thirst for them, and never be satisfied but rather be drugged and be unreal, not genuine. What really is news? What is GOING ON today in this world?

God’s Move today is the Real News!

Behind the human history – which is outwardly, in your face, hitting you everywhere and trying to get into you without asking for your permission or warning you of its side-effects – there is another history. God is operating behind the scenes. The real news today is that God is moving. The real news is the Good News: God coming into man to be one with man and move in man to gain the whole earth for God!

I think I am seeing something about this. No matter the age, the country, the people, the culture, the gender, or the situation, there is one thing that is constant: God has an economy, and He is moving toward a goal, to CLOSE THIS AGE. He wants to end the age of grace, the age of mystery, and bring in the age of the kingdom.

Paul saw this; Peter saw this; thousands of seeking believers see this, and all genuine Christians have a yearning inside, Come, Lord Jesus! This is the news – God’s need for overcomers who become the dispensational instrument to terminate this age and bring in the kingdom age.

God is moving, steadily, in every country, among all kinds of people, and He is gaining something real and solid in the hearts of men. God’s move is not in “the news” today, but that’s what is really going on.

He is moving in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. He is moving especially in Europe; He is doing something secret yet solid in the Arab countries, and He will regain a shining lampstand in Jerusalem. And the Lord Jesus will return. Do you SEE this?

Pay Attention to the News that are Really News!

What shall we say when we have so many thousands of witnesses testifying to us: go on, gain Christ, grow in life, and become an overcomer, to end this age!?! When we see God’s move, His desire, His working in and through human history…. and we see the locusts eating people up, devouring man’s flesh, crawling everywhere, at any time, and in any space – we just need to give ourselves to the Lord to be one spirit with Him in His move today!

Don’t miss God’s move! In Abraham’s age there was only he that God moved through. In every age God has only one move, and today we are in His ultimate move, to bring in the age of the kingdom. Don’t miss it. Be connected to the news that are really news, and make sure you know what’s really going on.

Don’t be drugged, preoccupied, drunken with what the world has to offer, or stupefied with the “news” today. Exercise your spirit, be one spirit with the Lord, stay in the coordination with the other saints in the church life, and move one with God’s move!

Don’t just “watch the news” or “read the news”, but “make the news” by praying at the incense altar one with Christ for the great wheel of God’s economy to move on earth! Grow in life by daily enjoying Christ, ask the Lord to produce you as an overcomer, and firmly believe that He will do it!

It is through a small group of people that God will change this age. Oh, may we be among those who know their God and rise up to take action! May we be those who are consecrated to Him for His move today! May we be those continually de-toxified from what the ruler of this world infuses in the system of the world today, and be fully one with God to Make the News that are Really News: God’s Move on Earth today!

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