by Philip Reardon

I want to ask today how we know if there is a stronqhold in our lives. A stronghold meaning an area in our lives that we have given over to satan. It usually is a very slow process in which satan is very patient to gain his ground in us and to achieve his end. The way that we can tell if we have a stronghold in our lives is that when the subject comes up in which the stronghold is located we become very quick to justify ourselves. We defend that area even in the face of God's Word and we co-sign blatant unholiness. We feel a burning anger inside of us that anyone would dare speak against this unholy habit of ours or dare infer that we practice something unholy on a regular daily basis. Let us watch within our own selves what strongholds may be present as certain subjects are declared as sin and preached against according to the Word of God.

With that thought in mind I want to speak to you today in regard to the things we sow (plant) into our spirits. What you plant will grow in your life, there is no way around that; it is an eternal decree, be we saved or unsaved.

It is written in Gal 6:7, "Do not be deceived God will not be mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth that also shall he reap". This message is to Christians and Christians alone. Those who profess to be born from above by the Spirit of God, the people of God, a Holy God, a people to whom it is written and commanded in 1st Pet. 1:16 to "be holy as I am holy".

I want to speak on the programming that we watch on the television. Let me state right off the bat that I am not preaching against the TV in and of itself, but only what we as Christians should allow into our lives and indeed what we should sow into our spirits. We cannot drink from a cesspool and expect to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have "living water" flowing out from us.

We know that the water in the toilet is clear but we are smart enough not to drink out of it. We know that there is some good food in the garbage can but we do not rummage around in it to find one good morsel. There are a couple TV programs that may be worth watching, but is it worth all the blasphemy that we are exposed to in the finding of them? There might be a couple of scripture verses in the middle of a Hustler magazine, but I would hope that a Christian would not have one in their possession.

So if the hellavision is blaspheming God 95 percent of the time and giving constant glory and honor to satan, why would we have anything to do with it? If someone spoke against my wife and belittled her 95% of the time and every once in a while said something good about her, I'd through that joker out of my house in a second. How much more the TV as it speaks against the Lord of Glory who is our Life!

There are only two spirits in this world, the Spirit of God in Christ and of all those that know Him and love Him, and the spirit of anti-Christ which includes the rest of the world and all that dwell therein. We are either in the kingdom of Light or in the kingdom of darkness, things are either from the Light or from the darkness. We can conclude that the vast majority of what comes from the hellavision is from the kingdom of darkness because it is written, "Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them". (Matt.7:20)

The programs that the hellavision is producing are evil, therefore the tree is evil. The root of the tree are those who produce the programs and if the people making the programs are unsaved then we know that they are anti-Christ and that the programs cannot be for our edification or for the Glory of God.

Today we have our own idols, we have basketballotry and footballotry along with many others and is it not obvious that "the whole world follows after the Beast"! Idolatry is still very much an abomination to God! My brothers how plain must it be, must the finger of God write it upon the wall for you? Do not continue on in this horrible hypocrisy for in the end you will be "weighed in the balances be found wanting. (Dan.5:27)

My brothers these things ought not to be. It is written in James 1:8, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways". It is written in 1st John 2:15-17, "Love not the world or the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but of the world".

The hellavision spews forth the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life continuously and satan has de-sensitized the church and the Brothers seem to think that women with no clothes on is normal. Satan has raised the hem line of women' s dresses a quarter of an inch a year for 40 years and now there is no hem line and we think that is "normal".

My brother make no mistake it is not normal and it is an abomination to God! Let me ask you this, can any good thing come out of Hollywood? Do you realize that they have awards (Academy Awards) for those who give most glory to satan. For the sexiest and most perverse things they are honored, rewarded and revered among the people of the world. Should we be found among them?

It is written in Rom. 14:22, "Blessed is the man that does not condemn himself by that which he approves". When we watch these soap operas, sitcoms and movies etc. we are throwing in our lot of approval and thereby condemning ourselves in the eyes of a holy God.

It is written in James 4:4, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God, whosoever therefore will be the friend of the world will be the enemy of God". A biblical adulterer is one that gives all his time and love to an idol that he ought to give to God and your idol is that which you give your most free time to when all your works of necessity are done, God, family and work etc. Do you daily spend more time in front of the TV than in worship, study and prayer on behalf of a dying world?

Today is the day of repentance. I'm calling you to repent! Do you know that you are a steward over your time? The psalmist said "I will set no unclean thing before mine eyes . Are you watching the TV in the Spirit or in the flesh? We all know the answer to that question. We may not want to face the truth of it but we watch the TV in the flesh and, more so, we do it willingly and against the Light. It is written in Romans 8, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God nor indeed can it be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God". So if we watch TV in the flesh and we know that in the flesh we cannot please God why as Christians would we do it? The answer is simple, we want to please Ourselves and not God.

It is Written in Rom. 14:23, "that whatsoever is not of faith is sin". Is there anyone among you who would dare be so brazen as to say they watch the TV in the Spirit by faith? I think not!

Jesus went to the cross to deliver you and I from the very things that the TV daily gives glory and honor to - murder, adultery, covetousness, fornication, divorce, abortion, lust, greed, materialism, and sensuality. How is it that we are found for hours before this unholy fountain drinking daily of its filth; and dare we then say we are Christians walking in the Spirit?

I beseech you hypocrite, repent and seek the Lord that Light may fall upon your ways! We mistakenly think that we can do as we please, but the truth is written in 1st Cor 6:19-20, "What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost who is in you, who you have from God and ye are not your own? For ye were bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's".

I work full time with new believers and I see them filled with the Spirit of God and then as they give themselves over to the TV their countenance falls and they lose their zeal and many have fallen away. Then they say, "Brother Philip I don't know what is wrong" and I tell them, but they don' t believe me because they see the so called older mature Christians watching that which they ought not and they say to me, to the breaking of my heart, "well Brother Philip so and so does it, it must be OK".

Jesus said in Mt 18:6, "It would be better for you to have a millstone hanged around your neck and be drowned in the depth of the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble". This world has a preacher and his name is satan and his pulpit is the TV. The TV is the devil's pulpit.

Today I challenge you to "judge yourself that you be not judged" (1 Cor 11). Are you under conviction, are you upset right now because of this word? Is your mind already racing with a thousand reasons justifying your unholy habit? Are you already defending the devil's pulpit, and taking the devil's side against the Word of God?

If so this is a stronghold of satan in your life, God uses preaching to bring strongholds to the surface and He calls us to repent and bring it to Him for deliverance. "Behold I stand at the door and knock and if any man hear My voice and open the door I will come in and sup with him and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, even as I overcame and am sat down with My Father on His throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches". (Rev. 3:20-22)