The Media, and the power it has over our culture…


The media provides the lens through which we both interpret and see life, and it has the power to manipulate and direct the culture of every society!

In the world we live in today, we are all faced with stresses and even sometimes traumas to our psyche, (our souls) that have affected our perspective and our general outlook on life. Truly we all are the product of our past, in whatever that past may be; and for some that past has been worse, then it has for others.

Add to this the vicarious nature of the human mind to enter into and adapt itself to the various external stimuli that is available to us today, in our modern technological age, through our various kinds of media, through such things as the news, various parts of our entertainment industry, through movies, virtual reality type games, and such; and you have a formula that can either be used for good, or for evil… in that whichever is glorified, in either good or evil, that is being portrayed and exemplified through the media, it has the power to affect our disposition and our vicarious nature as people, and to actually program our minds and mental disposition in one direction, or another.

So you take our life experiences, together with the various and sundry external stimuli that has been, in the past, and is currently available to us, through these various forms of media, that we have allowed to influence us, and depending on what the nature and substance of that media has been, either for good or for evil, it has had the inevitable ability, not only to affect who we are, but also it effects our general disposition and outlook, as sentient beings.

This can be a formula for either disaster, or for good… depending on the sort of programming that we have experienced, and have allowed to have an influence on our life; and it’s our past life experiences, together with whatever those influences have been, in whatever sort of external stimuli we have allowed, that we have given our minds to, and have meditated upon, and all of this together will have a determination as to who we are, and how we relate to our world, and also to our families, and friends around us.

Truly, we are warn in the Bible:

“To guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it comes the issues of life.”

The Message Bible puts it this way:

Proverbs 4

Your Life Is at Stake

1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live.
I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.

3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!

Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

10-15 Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life.
I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.
I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns.
Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.

Guard it well—your life is at stake!
Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road.
Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.  Make a detour and be on your way.

16-17 Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep
unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink,
violence their drug of choice.

18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;  the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker— travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

Learn It by Heart

20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

Below is an excellent message that was sent to me today, by Francis Frangipane, along these lines, that tells us what the answer is, in order to get us on the right track; and I’m passing it along to you.

Live long and prosper, as the man said… and have a nice day! 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Sheneau
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 1:22 AM
To: Undisclosed
Subject: Cease Striving and Know That I Am God (Worth the time to read – Sheneau)

Cease Striving and Know That I Am God
By Francis Frangipane
Among the many complex and sublime faculties of the human soul, one attribute functions as a servant to all: the nature of the soul is porous. This means that in addition to latent strengths and talents, the soul is also shaped and developed by external stimuli: we learn customs and language, habits, virtues and vices largely by importing reality as it surrounds us. Indeed, the marrow of life itself, as we subjectively know it, is created by the inward flow of these outward realities.

Thus, the soul, while it is born with innate powers, it is also the product of its times and circumstances. Because we live in unprecedented, prophetic times, individuals born during the last five or six decades are impacted, not only by the common struggles and joys of life, but also by the unspeakable disasters as they occur around the world.

As a result of live media coverage, we vicariously experience repeated participation with human suffering. We see the actual faces of those traumatized by earthquakes and tsunamis, famines and wars. Again, because of the porous nature of the soul, when we view life’s terrors, we are repeatedly absorbing these fearful realities into our consciousness. We cannot help but be affected.

How do we erase from our minds the faces of earthquake and tsunami victims? How is it possible to forget the horrific memory of people leaping to their deaths from flaming windows high on the Twin Towers on 9/11? What happens to our souls when we view news reports of Iraqis and Israelis being blown apart by terrorists’ bombs?

If you are an intercessor, or even one who possesses just basic, human compassion, the flood of sorrow and terror rising from terrible disasters cannot be stopped by a levee of human intellect. Life’s pains, even when they aren’t our own, are still absorbed at some level into our soul, and more so if we know the one suffering.

To cope with our vulnerabilities, we have created some positive remedies: hospitals, relief agencies, first responders and charitable giving all are relatively new means of dealing with human sorrow. We are compelled, not only to help the victims, but to help ourselves digest and respond to the emotional overload of our times.

Media Manipulates Our Fears
It is important to remember that the main goal of the news media is not to communicate current news but to make money doing so. Thus, even minor stories are often sensationalized to bring back viewers. I, for one, am worn out by the highly publicized scandals and moral failures among leaders, whether political or religious. If I am not careful, the flood of these realities can jade my heart, harden my soul and make me cynical.

Added to these things we are daily reminded of current economic pressures, plus the threats of disease and the advance of crime and lawlessness in our communities. Our souls churn with the added news. How can mere man cope with the fearful conditions of the world?

Magnify the Lord
It is here, in this valley of pressure, conflict and fear that would-be saints lose heart and fade from the race. Yet, it is also here that the God seeker is driven closer to the Lord.

The psalmist cries, “O magnify the Lord with me!” (Ps. 34:3). The closer we are to God, the more we are infused by His strength. The world around us may not get any better, but through the Holy Spirit, we gain new strength.

In His presence, the demons of our world shrink in proportion. Beloved, in these very circumstances, let’s magnify the Lord!

We have read the final chapters: every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (See Phil. 2:10-11.)

When our enemies multiply and pressures mount, retreat—yes, retreat into the stronghold of God.

Are you anxious? Fearful? Remember: “”He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Ps. 2:4).

Are you being accused by the enemy? Again, the Lord says, “In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

When the accuser comes to incarcerate you in your sin, shame and regret, you do not have to defend yourself. You have a right to remain silent. God Himself has appointed an advocate for you, and it is His very Son, the One who died for your sins.

Do not magnify your problems; let God be exalted over all the earth. Do not let your unbelieving words deplete your soul of life, for the more you talk, the more peace you lose.

Be slow to speak. Before you can learn to speak for God, you must learn what NOT to speak. This battle is not about overcoming difficult circumstances around you; it is about listening to the Lord, hearing what He intends to do, then following Him to victory.

Remember, dear friend, the words of Paul: “Be anxious for nothing.” The true battle you are facing is not one of action, but direction: you must ascend vertically to be successful horizontally.

Secure your soul in God and you will secure victory in your life. In the presence of God, the porous nature of the human soul is a great advantage. We can escape the stresses of life. We can actually be saturated with the life-restoring substance of God!

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.


A service of Frangipane Ministries, Inc.
Copyright (c) 2010
All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations
were taken from the NASB.

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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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