The Importance of a Platform

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First and foremost, I want to thank God for placing this platform in my heart. It has been such a blessing, especially witnessing firsthand how God can use man for His purpose.

I surrender.

There are so many of us with social media accounts, but my question is: How are you using your platform? I have read many posts blaming the media for negativity, but then I read blogs, social media posts, etc. that ignite comments from others that is allowing the matters of the heart to come out. Matthew 15:18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.

Certain blogs and social media platforms, just like other outlets, are enabling places for others to voice negativity and hatred towards matters of today, including, sadly, comments about other races. We have to be careful. The enemy will use anything to further his plan to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  

We will all have to give an account to God for what we do on earth (Romans 14:12). For it written in Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 

Before I respond to posts on social media, I think about the outcome of my response. Seeking God, I ask Him what He would have me to say. There have been times that He led me to say nothing, and then there have been times that I proceeded with a response, praying that the person would see it NOT as judgment (I am not in a position to judge anyone), but from a place of love. 

I choose not to be afraid to shine light on something that isn’t right to keep followers. I choose not to stand for negativity or hate or judgement of any race because it’s not my place or purpose for this platform. We have a responsibility with our platforms. How are you using yours?

Recently, after reading so many negative posts online, I contemplated taking a break from social media. This is until a friend reminded me that I’m called to share the gospel and that I cannot save anyone. Jesus Christ is the One and Only Savior. When my friend said this to me, it took a heavy weight off me of feeling rejected at times on social media when I post my blog amid worldly topics. I am no longer discouraged because I may receive less likes or follows from this platform, versus when I post a family picture. Man has free will and it’s for me to sow the seed with God’s help, but God will water it. My prayer is that we will use our platforms for a purpose that is pleasing to the Lord. Spread love today and less hate. 

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Remember GOD is LOVE. (1 John 4:8)

God wants a relationship with all of us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross to pay for our sins. Our risen and living Savior. If you’re not saved today, then I encourage you to visit my Salvation Prayer page. It is written in Revelations 22:17, The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has already paid the price for us. The Lamb of God. Welcome Him into your heart today.

Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders 💞

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