Monday Morning on facebook and Twitter

logo_facebookOn Mondays, pay close attention to the status updates on your facebook and Twitter accounts. You can easily tell who went to church on Sunday by the updates that are posted on Monday. People are so inspired and encouraged after Sunday service, and they should be. There are many people who use their facebook and Twitter accounts to decree this and declare that. Maybe just my friends do this, but I’m sure I’m not alone.

So, here is the interesting part. On Monday, people are decreeing that they will prosper and declaring the promises of God. On Wednesday and Thursday, those same people are posting updates about their struggles through the world and complaining about all types of stuff. What happened? There was so much joy and promise at the beginning of the week. How could it have all gone away that fast?

Don’t get me wrong. We are all entitled to having bad days. It happens. However, I don’t think that God intends for us to go through this cycle week after week.

I have a couple of explanations as to why this happens:

1. The wave of Sunday morning emotion died down.
For many of us, church services on Sunday mornings are experiences that are filled with emotion. Unfortunately, that is the main thing that some people look for at church. If the singing is good and they get to dance a little, then they feel that their soul is more than satisfied. Anyone who feels this way is severely missing the boat. There is so much more.

2. They heard the word, but they didn’t digest it.
As believers, we need to feed on the word of God like a lion feeds on a gazelle. It is important for us to consume every word that God gives us and meditate on it. Then, we must apply it to our lives daily. Not just on Sundays.

I’m sure there are other reasons, but those were the first two that came to mind.

How do we provide some help and encouragement to these people? We want them to understand that both church and their relationship with God are not predicated on an emotional experience. We want them to live an empowered and prosperous life. If I can be real for moment, we also want them to stop complaining.

You can start by throwing some encouraging words their way. Try saying things like “That’s nothing a little prayer can’t fix” or “Just remember, God always has your back”.

You can also encourage them with some scriptures:

1Samuel 12:16 Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! (NIV)

Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”  (NIV)

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (NIV)

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NIV)

Social networking exposes us to people’s problems, struggles and heartaches. It also allows us to provide encouragement and support to our brothers and sisters. So, when our brother and sisters are down, we can use facebook, Twitter or any other social network to uplift and encourage.

Have you ever experienced anyone broadcasting their struggles online? Did you do anything to provide encouragement or support?

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