Pokemon Go Or A No Go 


PokeCrazy! The world once again has gone PokeCrazy. Everywhere you Go- it’s Pokemon.

I remember in the 90’s my kids loved Pokemon. They collected the cards and bought every Pokemon Video game created. 
They had Pikachu and Squirrtle and Charmeleon and my son’s favorite shirt was a Pokemon shirt. 

I watched the show a few times with him and didn’t get it; but had no real cause for concern.  

I did not really understand all the hype but I allowed it. Some of the cards I did not like and made them trade or give away. They would trade cards with friends but they had no clue how to really play the game. 

Then one day when his voice started to crack and he got some armpit hair, he decided he was done and they both packed up and sold all their stuff at a garage sale. 

  We never heard of Pokemon again …

Until recently.

My kids, now 17, were taking about this new app that was Pokemon Go; a virtual scavenger hunt. Before they even got it all out I immediately said- “You will not play that, it opens the door for the enemy.”

They begin pleading their case that not everything is evil and that it encourages activity and community. I could see that they were not buying what I was trying to tell them, so I relented and said- “Ok, seek God and I will seek God and pray for Him to reveal if you should keep playing. ” 

I woke up Monday to post after post on social media about the new Pokemon Go Game App. I defended our decision to allow it on a post and felt at peace that we would seek God and we didn’t really see any harm in the game. I thought –Balance and no playing while driving, and they should be fine.   

Then headlines and news circulated that people were using it to lure people for not only robberies but for pedophiles luring unsuspecting children.  

Wow! The new candy or puppy lure is now- Hey kid, I got a Charmeleon for you.  

As the day wore on I began to have no peace about my kids playing it.  

I then read posts from friends in deliverance ministry taking about that it does open a door for oppressions.  
I started to think back about how as a young child my son was gripped with fear a lot.  

As my mind raced to all the debates and opinions and news stories I didn’t know what to think….

So I stopped and asked God to reveal to me something I am missing and to lead me to know for sure –Is this game a Go or a No Go for my kiddos?

Shortly after stopping to pray I was sent an article about an interview from the creator that said he created it out of rebellion against his overly Christian parents. 


It did not sit well with me. 

See the article and read it Here

So I shared it with a few and even got some resistance that it was fake and so forth.

Then my friend Stella reminded me that it does not line up with our Biblical Worldview.  


Thanks Stella! Now I had my groove back! 



We are not to dabble or entertain those things like Pocket Monsters, or Demons, or mystical religions or witchcraft, sorcery, evolution, psychics, tarot cards, tea leaves, mediums, etc.  

So I went to Google to try to find more things to plead my case to my kiddos.  
I found this article that helped me explain it a little further and I thanked God for revealing it all to me.

Read that article Here

 

And if that is still not enough to convince you ….my friend Stella sent me this article on what the Bible says….

Read Here

Still not convinced …..

 
Check out today’s round making posts about privacy and how people are deleting the app. 

Read more here

Lastly, I was told about a book by John Paul Jackson regarding the dangers of Pokemon

Here is the link for the book

I am not a Ghost Buster, or Demon Chaser. I do believe that what the world views as insignificant is not what God thinks. I am learning every day about things that can open doors for oppressions and many other things. I am a parent that did not always get it right, and I still don’t. But I seek God and ask Him to intervene when I may not see the obvious staring me in the face. I am thankful for great friends that point me in a better direction and I am so grateful to a loving God that forgives me and my kiddos when we repent for seeking things that are not His best for us. 

So for our house- 

 Pokemon is a definite No Go for us.

       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Discernment

  
Define

Discernment can be defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; an act of perceiving something; a power to see what is not evident to the average mind.” 

 

Affirm

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” 

 

Recall

A girlfriend and I got into a conversation about portraying a Christ-like attitude. In our conversation, we had varying positions being Christ-like. My belief about Christ is that he prayed for himself and others; but Christ was always an action. Christ helped, healed, gave, rebuked, calmed, delivered, refined, improved, influenced, and taught just to name a few.  

 

My position in our conversation was that when Christ could help someone in need, he would do just that. I made the statement that as Christians we should try to be more Christ-like. I gave the example that often we as Christians will often tell others we will pray for them- when in fact, we have the power to help them (offer an act of service). My friend made a statement, well I always ask GOD for discernment before I help others. She then said even if I could help someone, that doesn’t mean I will.  

 

Her statements confused me. Honestly, I was quiet uncomfortable with her statement because a few months prior- I had asked her for help (and I really needed the help). She didn’t understand that I was in dire need, although I explained to her that I was. I thought to myself, maybe she prayed for discernment. I was confused by the true meaning of discernment so of course I sought GOD. Here’s what I learned.

 

1. Discernment is a gift. Just like other gifts given by GOD, some of us were graced with the gift of discernment. Those with the gift of discernment can recognize authenticity and are good judges of the character of others and can easily differentiate good vs evil.

 

2. Discernment is GOD led. The Holy Spirit will lead us or give us direction in a specific matter if we seek him. In order for us to receive his direction, we must spend time with the spirit and the spirit will guide us.  

 

3. Discernment is not the same as judgment. We often judge people, places, and positions based on what we see, what we have experienced, what we have been told, and what we perceive. Discernment frees us from past and helps us compassionately step into the present.  

 

After researching more about discernment, I learned that I didn’t clearly understand the power of discernment. I am so glad I did the research because I learned so much. I learned that human nature often causes us to judge someone else’s circumstances based on what we think their experiences are, we even sometimes judge others based on our own experiences. I learned that many of us are gifted with discernment from GOD and is a gift that if not used to give GOD the glory- our gifts might be diluted. Lastly I learned that we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us when we need discernment over a situation or circumstance (discernment is not like a wild card- you actually must spend time seeking GOD’s wisdom).  


Maybe you too have judged someone and confused judging them as discernment. Maybe you too want to develop more of a Christ-like (action) attitude towards others. Maybe you want to gain more wisdom and develop a more discerning spirit.  

 

If this is you, I challenge you to ask GOD to show you how to better understand discernment- so that you can apply it to all areas of your life. Discernment is truth. Discernment is real. Discernment is present. Discernment is good. Discernment is seeing how God sees. May GOD help us to see things how he sees them. Spending time with him will help us learn how to distinguish good from evil. Let’s continue to seek GOD together in the area of discernment. I DARE You.

 
Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for helping me better understand discernment. Please help me to be free from judging others and help me to rest in your love when making decisions. I am so grateful your spirit will help me compassionately make Christ-like decisions.  
         ~Lereca Monik 

 

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Prime Time

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My family and I have always been big Bear Grylls fans. We were so excited to see his new show “Running Wild” come out that we recorded a season pass not to miss a moment of the action. The best two so far for me have been Zac Efron and his openness about recovery and my latest favorite is the one with Deion Sanders. Not the hilarious part where he runs from the snake squealing like a girl. I was so happy to see that they did not edit or cut out the part where he is overcome with some fear over climbing the mountain and he says he needs a moment to pray. He does not just lift up a little canned prayer or a quick Lord Help Me, no, not at all. Deion begins to pray in the Spirit. He prays in his heavenly prayer language and it is all captured for Prime Time television.

As a person that did not believe in this sort of stuff for many years, I was overjoyed now. Let me take you back to my experience.

Years ago my dad and I would make fun of the whole talking or praying in tongues. We did not believe it was real. All I knew was that it was called talking or praying in tongues. I thought it was a made up practice for those really far out there religious freaks. When I came back to The Lord in 2006 after living a life of doing religion and not wanting anything to do with God for a time, and now learning about a relationship with Jesus, I dived deep into my bible and into learning all I could. I had never really read the Bible before. I was stunned to see there were so many translations and that I could actually understand it. I also found great Bible teachers out there. Not wanting to shake things up too much we left the Catholic religion and joined a Bible based church for years before joining a Spirit filled church. I was memorizing and declaring scripture over my life and God delivered me during that time from a smoking addiction and that just made me want more and more of His power working in my life. I had never heard of The Holy Spirit living inside of you. I had no clue about Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I remember thinking that was so cool and why had I never heard of this. I was not so freaked out by the speaking in tongues phenomenon thing now, so I decided that maybe some really do have it and some don’t. It just was not for me. Fast forward to several years later. I had become a mighty prayer intercessor. I prayed daily. I prayed all the day long while going about my day. I was growing in The Lord but I still was convinced tongues were not for me.
I was at my wits end on a subject and felt that God was just ignoring me. I did not even know how to pray so out of frustration I begin praying out loud and I thought my tongue got tied up and a strange word slipped out. I was startled and thought, that is weird. I did not give it much thought until about 6 months later I was reading my bible in Genesis 16. I came across the story of Sarah and Hagar, and the point when Hagar had run away. The next verses I read were:

So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me? Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me]; it is between Kadesh and Bered. (Genesis 16:13-14 AMP)

When I sounded out the word Beer-lahai-roi I instantly was taken back to that time that the strange word slipped out of my mouth. I ran to my commentary to find out what it meant. Simply it meant, THE GOD WHO SEES.

Instantly I knew that God had definitely seen my situation and answered our prayers even though I had not thought of that strange word slip till there it was again in my Bible in this story of Hagar. I began studying Glossolalia, the proper word for this phenomenon. I was curious about it. Then some friends and I bought The Baptism of the Holy Spirit teaching by Joyce Meyer. It was weeks after that conference that I finally listened to the teaching while running on my treadmill. At the end, Joyce encourages you to stop, put your hands up and ask The Lord to fill your mouth with your heavenly prayer language. So I stopped the treadmill, raised my hands, asked The Lord to fill my mouth…..a few seconds later some stuff slipped out. It kind of startled me and I thought, that is strange. Then I closed my eyes and did it again. This time I was speaking some strange language and it just kept flowing. I thought, hmmm this is strange; I will keep this to myself for a while. I started noticing when I would sense the need to pray my throat would get a burning sensation.
For weeks and months following I could not wait for my family to leave each morning so I could start praying. I prayed and prayed and had no clue what I was saying. I then started to get a sense of a situation, not necessarily a person, some days a person, but mostly situations that I would have to pray about. I knew that God was having me pray in this prayer language because I needed to get out of my own head and let Him pray perfect prayers through me interceding for my friends and family. Another thing about praying in the spirit or praying in tongues is that it edifies you. God is building you up in your spirit and strengthening you. Boy was God’s timing perfect. It was my Prime Time moment for prayers. I had a lot going on in my life. My husband’s work hours and commute kept him away from home about 16-17 hours a day. I was raising my teenage twins basically solo during the week. My mom and twin sister were having lots of health issues, and I had lost some family members to cancer. I know that I would not have survived it all without this prayer language. It is powerful and amazing. I don’t even think those words do justice to adequately describe it. I laugh sometimes and think, boy my dad would be shocked, but he is in Heaven so I am sure God already filled him in on it too and he has his language.
I was fearful to share it with my family for a while, but they were all very open about it and not freaked out a bit. I shared it with more close friends and they too did not seem to mind. I found that God brought other people in my life that also experience and have this gift so it helps to not feel like you are going crazy, that it is a real true thing. Even ABC Nightline did a report on it. See it here http://youtu.be/NZbQBajYnEc
They showed that the brain area where speech is generated is bypassed or diminished when someone is speaking in tongues. So really someone else is praying through them. That someone is the Holy Spirit, praying His will and Perfect prayers through you building you up to withstand the blows of life better. I was a non-believer for many years. I am 100% a believer and know for a fact it is true and not something made up. I pray almost daily still in my prayer language and it has changed my life.

Many scholars may disagree and spin it to fit their doctrines, I get that, and I did it for many years. Not everyone believes or agrees, but I know differently based on my own personal experience.

Here are a few verses from the Bible on this subject to check out for yourself. I won’t try to convince you; I will let God do that. Ask Him and He will fill you in and fill your mouth!

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit. ~Jude 1:20

For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:14

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. ~Romans 8:26

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

XXOO Michelle Bollom