TheBLAST Podcast

042.4 – Put the Phone Down! [PART 4]

April 01, 2019 Season 5 Episode 7
TheBLAST Podcast
042.4 – Put the Phone Down! [PART 4]
Chapters
00:00:00
Previously Heard on TheBLAST Podcast
00:00:31
Episode 42 - Part 4 - Steps to Freedom
00:16:20
Musical Interlude - Fight for Freedom by Royal Tailor
00:18:47
Become a Patron of TheBLAST Podcast!
00:19:58
The Purpose of Freedom - Glorifying God
00:25:13
On the Next Episode...
TheBLAST Podcast
042.4 – Put the Phone Down! [PART 4]
Apr 01, 2019 Season 5 Episode 7
TheBLAST Podcast
In this fourth and final part of Episode 42, we consider the paths to freedom from Smartphone Addiction.
Show Notes Transcript Chapter Markers

Please support us at Patreon.com!

A couple of important links before we share the content of our episode:

  1. We need your feedback!
  2. We need your support at Patreon.com
  3. Please check out our merch store to support the show.

Show Notes for Episode 42.4

In this fourth and final part of Episode 42, we consider the paths to freedom from Smartphone Addiction.

Make sure to go back and listen to episodes 42.1, 42.2 and 42.3 if you haven't already to understand why this freedom is necessary. A more thorough explanation fo the path to freedom can be found in Catherine Price's helpful title, How to Break Up With Your Phone

We start out by getting some scriptural support for the journey out of addiction by quoting from the Gospel of John:

'Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”' – John 8:31-32

We make the connection between discipleship and true freedom from addictions and harmful habits.

We offer some helpful hints for breaking free.


Some other awesome resources to learn more and dive deeper:

We take some time to remind you why fellowship is such an important part of the Christian FELLOWSHIP ministries.

Musical Interlude: Fight for Freedom by Royal Tailor 

Thanks again for listening! 

 CHECKLIST FOR OUR "BLASTERS":

PLEASE CONTACT US:

Narrator:
0:00
Previously heard on TheBLAST Podcast,:
Adam Dragoon:
0:03
your attention can only be given to one thing at a time. You might think that you're the master of the universe here. You might think that you can do this and drive, but you can't.:
Narrator:
0:13
On this episode of TheBLAST Podcast, Pastor Adam Dragoon and Mr. David Smale are blasting across the interwebs, digging deeper into the practical application of God's word for our lives, snowflakes beware, we're blasting off on this edition of TheBLAST Podcast.:
Dave Smale:
0:32
Well, we welcome you back to, uh, TheBLAST Podcast. Put the phone down.:
Adam Dragoon:
0:38
We want to give you some steps to freedom from the smartphone. Since I preached this message a couple of weeks back, I have implemented some of the steps in my life and have certainly helped. If you end up picking up this book that we've been talking about tonight, then there is a more thorough plan of action for breaking up with your smartphone. And we do recommend, um, you know, this might not be for everybody, but it is certainly for somebody out there. And so, uh, let's, let's think about some of the scriptural, um, motivation for this Dave,:
Dave Smale:
1:10
right Well, a Bible says, if you abide in my word, you are my disciples. Indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. That's John Chapter Eight is sure as red around verse 31 32, something like that.:
Adam Dragoon:
1:28
So, um, the reason that I have the scripture here that you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free as long as you are experiencing addictive behavior in your life, there is a lack of freedom happening, true freedom that Christ has for us. Now we, we recognize this in almost every area of our lives. If you see somebody who's addicted to cocaine, you can say to them, Jesus Christ will set you free, right? If you see somebody's addicted to gambling, Jesus Christ can heal you and he can set you free. A if addicted to pornography, Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life you shall know the truth, that's Jesus. And the truth will make you free. And do we not also apply this to the arena of smartphone addiction? I think we should. I think we should understand that there is a spiritual aspect here. Um, some people make the mistake of not linking these two scriptures together. If you abide in my word, you are my disciples. Indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. So those, those two are together. That's verses 31 and 32. So when you abide in the word of Jesus, it means that you become his disciple and the disciples will know the truth and the truth shall make them free. Do you see the progression there?:
Dave Smale:
2:44
Yeah.:
Adam Dragoon:
2:44
So abiding in the word makes you disciple. Disciples know the truth and truth is what makes us free. So listen, we're talking to disciples here tonight. The reason that your disciple, it said somewhere in your life, you have allowed the word of Jesus, the words of life to, uh, to affect you. You have abided in them. The problem is that there's areas of our lives that we don't abide in his word, right? And maybe just maybe this smartphone addiction has become something that is outside of the word of God. It's outside of his word. And in that arena, it's easy to slip out of being a disciple, isn't it?:
Dave Smale:
3:20
Yeah.:
Adam Dragoon:
3:20
And then we begin to tell ourselves lies and we begin to rest in, in that, uh, you know, easiest person to lie to and the whole world is yourself. So, and you say, I don't have a problem here. It's going to be okay. No big deal. Whatever. And, and then we live in this state of self denial, which leads to bondage, which could lead to all of these negative things that we just got done talking about a few minutes ago.:
Dave Smale:
3:44
Yeah.:
Adam Dragoon:
3:45
But we, you know, we want to be free. God, he, Jesus said, I have come to give you life and that life more abundantly and life that is, uh, the abundant, the next level life that God has for us. And that's the life of freedom. So anyway, uh, what we're saying is that perhaps the smartphone is:
Dave Smale:
4:04
your, your abiding there.:
Adam Dragoon:
4:05
Yes.:
Dave Smale:
4:06
You're abiding in your smartphone.:
Adam Dragoon:
4:07
That's right. So it, the addiction to the smartphone perhaps means that we are not as free as we think we are. And so we need to make up our mind just the same way that you repent of any other activity that is negative and keeps you away from Christ and his word and it requires a repentance. That means, Lord, I recognize that I have a problem with this and I need you to help me.:
Dave Smale:
4:31
Yeah.:
Adam Dragoon:
4:31
One of the fruits of the spirit that is listed in the book of Ephesians is a self control.:
Dave Smale:
4:38
Yeah.:
Adam Dragoon:
4:39
So, um, if we are going to experience the freedom that God has for us, this is where it's going to begin his self control, right?:
Dave Smale:
4:46
Because that's, that's really at the root cause of all addiction I think is, is a, um, a lack of self control.:
Adam Dragoon:
4:53
It's just the ability, the inability to say no to yourself and to say, no, I don't need to look at Facebook right now. And he'd say, no, no, I don't need my smart phone to be on while I'm at church. I can turn my cell phone off and it's going to be okay. Some people have a fear about that. What if I turn it all the way off than the world could explode and I wouldn't even know what new and the human race has survived for these 6,000 years without smart phones up until 2007. Okay. And all of a sudden we think that we cannot live without being updated constantly.:
Dave Smale:
5:33
Right?:
Adam Dragoon:
5:34
Oh yes, we can. So, um, some practical steps, um, get back to real life practice being mindful to people. Um, w w w what, what I mean by that is, um, there, there's a guy, I'm a speaker named Simon Sinek. Well, he's great. Uh, so he, he does a little presentation on the smart phone also, and he, he, he, he says, okay, what do you think if you're trying to get my attention? And I walk up to you and, and he has a phone in his hand and he says, um, he says he's looking at his phone, right? And he says, yeah, Hey, um, what's on your mind?:
Adam Dragoon:
6:14
Right? So if I'm looking at my phone, when I say that to you, do you really think that I have your attention?:
Dave Smale:
6:19
No, no way.:
Adam Dragoon:
6:20
No Way. Okay, let's, let's change that just a bit. Let's say I walk up to you and I look you in the face, but my phone is still in my hand and I say, Hey, what's on your mind? Do you think that I have your full that you have my full attention?:
Dave Smale:
6:34
No, because I think could buzz or screen could wake up at any second.:
Adam Dragoon:
6:38
So he says just one little thing can change it all. If you just take that phone and you put in your back pocket and you look at somebody in the face and you say, what's on your mind? Boy, doesn't that just change the or? Or even if you don't have a pocket, you've said it on a shelf and you put it face down and you walk away from it.:
Adam Dragoon:
6:54
What's on your mind? Exactly how, how much interaction with our children is poisoned by this? No. Children are trying to get your attention. Oh Man. Yeah. What's on your mind? But you're staring at Facebook, right? No. Or you try, you know, uh, every, every, every pediatrician, uh, from here to Timbuktu says it's healthy to read books to your children. How many of us are guilty of reading a book while we have Facebook? At the same time, our attention is not in that, um, or, or worse, we give the kid a smartphone, let youtube read it to them for free, right? And, um, uh, you know, this is, and let me just throw this in for free. Children cannot handle this level of dopamine addiction. They cannot handle it, right? And this is why we don't sell alcohol to people under 21 years old. Their brains physically cannot take that, that chemical addiction cannot take it.:
Adam Dragoon:
7:52
And every hit of dopamine is just as strong as a hit of alcohol or a hit of cocaine. And in a tiny brain that is not fully developed, it is absolutely destructive. That's why we're seeing all of these, uh, increase of depression. Are we talking about? Yeah. And Sue, teen suicide and all that. Not Give your kids a phone. Do not do it. If you do. I mean, if you, I mean my children have, uh, you know, I have old iPhone that I let them use, but we have tight restrictions and I know I phones, you can restrict, you know, how much time, and we have tight restrictions on there that it says, you know, no more than 30 minutes watching shows. A social media is not allowed in any form. The Safari, the web browser is not allowed. If you just give somebody a kid free access to a smartphone.:
Adam Dragoon:
8:40
Oh, you are asking for destruction and mayhem in your house. You're asking for, oh yeah. It's the end of the door open. And if you don't think there's a negative effect on behavior, just wait. Just wait. You're, and you're, you're completely fooling yourself. Okay. So, um, social media, we can suggest, uh, just go ahead and delete the media, delete, delete the apps altogether. Um, if you wanna check them from time to time check, just, just give yourself the speed bump of going through the browser instead. You were checking it on a computer on a computer. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. So everything is still available to you. It's just through the browser on a computer. And the reason why, you know, if you're not going to quit it all together, I get it right. There's, we talked about that earlier, that there's a, it's almost impossible to, to get along and keep up with people except on social media.:
Adam Dragoon:
9:34
Okay. So just check it through a browser on a computer instead of on your phone. It changes. It changes so much of the experience. Yeah. Because it gives you those stopping points that you didn't have on the phone. Okay. Um, we could also say replace social media with actual social being more social. Right. I mean, and what I mean by that is talk to people, call somebody, call them, talk to them, listen to their voice conversation. This is a, again, another lost skill in our generation is, and you lose so much in the text message, you lose the emotion, you lose the feeling, you lose the, the, the true meaning of the language. I've had people get mad at me as a pastor. You know, they asked me a question and I'll text back the word. Okay. And the next time I see him at church, they'll say, pastor, are you mad at me for saying, okay, because I said okay to their question because somehow to them that okay, there was communicated as they read it.:
Adam Dragoon:
10:37
They, they uh, you know, they, they misinterpreted, misinterpreted what I was trying to say. It just okay. And adding all these additional emotions too. If I would've, if they would've called me on the phone, I said, ah, yeah, okay, no problem. Then it changes the whole thing. And so what I'm saying is that we lose so much through the text message. Wow. And yes, even though it's, um, it, it's convenient, right? And it's quick to send a text message, but if you ever have any conversation of any meaningfulness at all, if there's any emotional value to it, pick up the phone and call them.:
Adam Dragoon:
11:14
It's amazing. The simple things can so help, um, another practical, yeah. Invite people to your house. Yeah. We practiced, we call ourselves a Christian Fellowship Ministry for a reason because we believe in fellowship. A fellowship is ultimately the goal of the Gospel is to bring us back into fellowship with God and then, uh, to one another. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. You will know that the world will know that you are my disciples because of the love that you have, one for another. You know, a good way to show the love is to play a board game. Like scrabble, not the long story. It's a lost art. Yeah. Risk, I don't know about risk, but well sometimes creates more men, more enemies. Um, another practical way to break the smartphone addiction is to have a charging station in your house, a charging station that is outside of your bedroom.:
Adam Dragoon:
12:09
So when you're done for the night, you put it at the charging station, leave it there and don't have it next to your bed. You're, you're telling yourself, you're making a statement that this thing is, is it's not the, uh, the beginning and the end of my life. Yeah. It's not. Yeah. So charging station outside of your bedroom. Uh, one thing that I did that has helped a lot is to turn off all of your notifications. You'd be surprised. Can you do that? Well, there's some of them, it seems like you can. So can you turn off like text message notifications? Uh, maybe not the text message, but on the iPhone you do have the ability to shut off all notifications. Wow. Okay. So that it's not buzzing. It's not beeping. It's not interrupting. And it's amazing to me how many fewer apps I'm using because of that.:
Adam Dragoon:
13:02
Like, yeah. Now that I'm not getting any notifications from them, I just forget that they're on there. And then like the next time I open the APP and like, Oh man, I missed all this stuff, but it's not really a big deal. So, uh, that, that's been huge for me. That's kept me out of it. I know, I know some people, uh, I'd like after you preach a sermon, there were some people that, that, uh, asked me, well, you know what? Facebook is like a native app on my phone. I can't get rid of it. Well, actually you could just log out from it. You can log out from it, but also you can disable it. Like I know I'm on my android phone, I can disable Facebook and um, and so it's still on there. But if I want to open it, it says you can't open it without number one, updating this, this app to the latest version, which is like 300 some megabytes and then logging in.:
Adam Dragoon:
13:54
And so it's a pain to get back into it. So it's like, I'm like, okay, so if I disable it, you know, you, I'm serious. You forget it's there. And that's the thing too is it's just a matter of creating speed bumps for yourself. If you create enough inconvenience that that you know is going to stop you, you know, you get so annoyed with it that he's like, ah, whatever, I don't need to look at this right now. Then that is enough in most cases to keep you from getting distracted. That's enough. And that's part of what we're talking about being, having the spirit of self control, that I can say no to this. And if you're, if you're, you know, there's the old illustration, the man who walked down the road and he fell into the hole, right? It wasn't his fault. He didn't see it.:
Adam Dragoon:
14:36
He didn't know was there. So the next day he's walking down the same road. By this time he sees the whole, he remembers that he fell on it yesterday, but he couldn't get around it again. Fell in a second time. Gee whiz. That was a bummer. It's third day, he's walking down the same street. He sees the same whole, but by some miracle this time he's able to walk around that whole, he found his way around and he got past it without falling in. What a victory on the fourth day. You know what he said? He said, I'm going to go down a different road. Yeah. Okay. This is the, the, this is the art of self control is knowing which roads will lead us to the hole in our minds and our hearts is knowing where our weaknesses are and say, I fell. I fell in this hole so many times.:
Adam Dragoon:
15:22
I know exactly what, what thought leads to this thing and that activity and then I feel guilty for the rest of the day. Right? Yup. So the idea is what it says in proverbs, uh, that the young man who strayed near the, the Harlot's house and he was peering into her window, right? Yeah. It, he was led like an ox to the slaughter. Yeah. It's, so the question is why was he even on that street in the first place? Yeah. So now like he, if he's peering in the window, he knew that the Harlot's house was exactly so our Christian life, this, this journey of sanctification, and this is part of what we're talking about here is becoming more like Christ. This journey is knowing our weaknesses. This smartphone is a weakness in my life. I recognize that. And so I have to figure out the pads that I can walk on that are gonna lead me away from temptation rather than caused me even greater.:
Speaker 3:
16:37
Danbury's. We know this. So take the limits. We will, we will five bucks. We get change, change, change, change, change back then to stay in this now and candy second. All these stars come in and week misstep. They make him prisons with opinions because we break it down, be going down. You know, the one a little bit:
Adam Dragoon:
18:52
Patrion is, it's a place where people like us who are doing putting a lot of hours in Labor into a work that doesn't, it doesn't offer monetary benefits. Uh, it, it's a way for us to be able to cover the expense of our time and also have any equipment that we need, which we, we do have a need for that.:
Speaker 2:
19:13
Patrion is a place that you can go at our web address. There is patrion that's spelled p a t r e o n.com and then forward slash the blast podcast which comes after that. And uh, it's a way for our listeners to give something back. Uh, we hope that, uh, that you've gained something of value by listening to these podcasts. And if it does have a true intrinsic value for your life, then we would ask you to share with some of that value back to us. We welcome you back to the [inaudible] podcast.:
Adam Dragoon:
19:49
All of this is so that we can bring greater glory to God with the way that we use our minds. Yeah. Jesus said, the greatest commandment is this, to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of you with all of your mind and with all your strength. Yeah. And I would say to you that if you are giving more than five hours a day to your smartphone, maybe you could be using that time to give more of your mind to loving Jesus. Absolutely. I don't think there's any doubt. Yeah. And, um, and so, you know, this is a challenge for me personally. I recognize that, um, uh, even after I preached this sermon, I recognize that there are, there are areas that are difficult for me. Um, but just that, just the knowledge that I haven't, I have an issue here has truly helped me to cut back and to, to not spend as much time on foolish things.:
Adam Dragoon:
20:47
And Yeah, our prayer is that you would hopefully come to that same realization as you listen to this very, very long podcast. Well, well, so a couple, a couple more, just real practical things. Um, um, uh, establish a boundary in your house. No phone zone. Yeah. That's that. That would be amazing. Uh, or no phone times or times, you know, as a family, we're going to turn off our phones at 8:00 PM and we're not going to turn them back on until 7:00 AM now. Here. Here's, here's a, a revolutionary idea by an actual alarm clock. Yeah. They have those, they still do they even have non electric ones? Like where you wind it up. Yeah. Like retro and then the bell rings when it goes off. It's amazing. And then, uh, tripe, uh, practice focusing on one thing, like a project or a book or a prayer or studying for an increasing amounts of time.:
Adam Dragoon:
21:47
This is to get your deep dive ability back, the capacity to think deeply about certain subjects, right? And you'll be amazed how God uses that when, when you put your mind to truly deep down, this is where revelation comes from, right? When Jesus said, this is on this rock, I will build my church. What did he say? Just before that he said, he said that Peter Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father who is in heaven, that was a true revelation. Nobody on this earth gave this to you. Nobody on Facebook gave this to you. Nobody on Twitter gave this to you. You have received that information about me being the Messiah. You got that from heaven. And that can only be received as a deep dive. Yeah, okay. So you, you can't get revelation from the smart phone. You can't, as amazing as it is, it's still not the Holy Spirit, right?:
Adam Dragoon:
22:39
So what we're saying is we're, we want to take back our capacity for deep dive because this is where revelation comes from. If you're a preacher of the Gospel, you know this, that you can't truly, um, you know, you can't truly preach a great sermon until you've gotten a good revelation from God. There's, there's hot revelation. You know, those wonderful things that you read the scripture and it just sparks in your mind and it, a whole sermon comes out of that. That's great when that happens. But there's also what we call a cold revelation, which is the product of time and study and deep dime thought in meditation and prayer. And eventually something comes out. You know, you press the oil out of the olive and you get something that's worthwhile. That revelation is a product of that deep dive. It doesn't come instantaneously. And so anyway, we want to wrap this thing up.:
Adam Dragoon:
23:31
We want to encourage you to be aware of smartphone addiction and to take the steps necessary to, um, to reduce your reliance on this thing that has truly changed our lives in some ways the good and in many ways not for the good. So we hope that this, uh, episode 42 has been helpful to you. It certainly has been a lengthy, uh, we hope that, uh, that you got something helpful out of it. I know that, uh, this has been something very useful in my own personal life and that's why we wanted to share it with you. So please give us your feedback. We want to hear what you think about what we think. We want to, uh, see your reviews. Uh, we want to hear your feedback and we'd be happy to share that with you, uh, on the next episodes. So Dave, wrap us up here.:
Speaker 4:
24:19
Well, how about we close in prayer? Sounds great. Sounds good. All right. Nothing more to say on the subject. Father, we thank you tonight, God for uh, for all that you've done in our lives. All the you've spoken, we thank you for your word. We thank you for sending your only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. We thank you for the blood of Jesus. You are Holy Spirit, your word, your truth, your grace, your mercy. God, we ask that you would, um, that you would help us God to break addictions. Uh, no matter what they are in our lives, God, that you would help us to, to a god, to realize that we have them into help us, God, to be set free, that your truth would set us free. Indeed we give you glory tonight in Jesus' name. Amen.:
Adam Dragoon:
25:05
God bless you. Thanks for listening to the blast podcast on the next episode of the blast podcast. Very excited to have a special guest on the line with us. It is pastor:
Speaker 5:
25:15
Ryan Birch. People have kind of a bad idea of your church. Maybe there's just misinformation or maybe some rumors or whatever, or maybe something genuinely did happen. Uh, the way that the public views that, uh, is not going to help the mission of the church.:
Speaker 2:
25:36
Thanks for listening to the blast podcast. If you like what you heard, please leave us a review on iTunes and share with someone who will love. If you don't like what you've heard, forget we said anything. Sign up to receive new episodes or listen to previous ones on our website, the blast.org until next time, live for God. Use your brain. Read Your Bible. Love your family, listen to your pastor, pay your tide:
Speaker 4:
26:01
and don't be stupid.:
Episode 42 - Part 4 - Steps to Freedom
The Purpose of Freedom - Glorifying God
On the Next Episode...
×

Listen to this podcast on