40 days of abstinence

I feel the Holy Spirit has been pushing me to completely abstain from television for 40 days. I have quickly come to the realisation lately that TV has too much of a hold on me. I love to come home from a busy day at work and just relax with a cup of coffee in front of the TV.

My daily time with the Lord is once my toddler is in bed, but ashamedly now and then I am so tired after a hectic day that I end up choosing to ‘veg’ in front of programs or God TV instead of God Himself! Which makes TV an idol! Watching Christian programs does not constitute spending time with God, in my opinion. I do NOT want anything to be a god to me other than God Himself!

Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3

It is my hope that after the 40 days, the bondage to TV will be broken and that no matter how tired, I will gladly opt to rest in the presence of Jesus and not a sitcom.

For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness…and broke their chains in pieces. Psalms 107:9,14

I first thought this would be a daunting task, but excitement is growing, as I know the Lord will reveal Himself in a deeper way during this time.
Blessed be the Lord my Rock!

Where your treasure is your heart will be also (Matt 6:21). What other things, if any, are you able to set aside in your life to make more time for God?

19 thoughts on “40 days of abstinence

  1. Sarah

    I’ve done it before, and it was sooo hard at first! Especially because I didn’t want to just replace the tv with another time sucker (Internet, etc), so I cut that out, too. But by the end I had no desire to go back to watching many of the shows I’d watched before the fast (not that they were horrible or anything)! I pray you get through this time of abstinence, finding new freedom and knowledge! Be blessed as you choose to grow in Him!

  2. Sharon Natsarim

    You go girl! Not many people would be willing to make that sacrifice and seek His face.

    I do not even own a TV any longer. I gave mine to my sister, who is SO addicted to it she cannot sleep if it goes off. I don’t miss it a bit! There really is very little programming on it that is suitable for us anyways now:)

    Our time is growing ever shorter to be upon this planet…we must seek Him with all our hearts while there is still time and grace is still available to us. All praise to Jesus for His unconditional, all consuming love for us!!!!

    God bless you sister!

  3. Deborah

    Good luck, king in training, may God enrich you. My little thing that could get out of balance is time on the internet, so I’m being prayerful about that.

    1. kingintraining Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement Deborah! Yes internet is a big one for me too, specifically Pinterest and Facebook which I’ve stopped along with TV. I’m going back to the dark ages hehe!

  4. joecruzmn

    I know what you mean about the whole TV thing. Gives me a moment to pause and think about the whole way I spend God. Its true you cant substitute God with a Christian show.

    1. kingintraining Post author

      Thank you!
      Yes…I seem to have some distant memory of riding my bicycle and playing OUTside until the sun went down 😉
      I always say they had it much easier in “the olden days” haha

  5. snufflylovely

    This makes so much sense, and applies to us in a number of ways. For me, TV may not be it but God certainly doesn’t want us in the place where anything is of such importance to us. Thanks for sharing.


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