Monday, October 1, 2012

“Social Media and Words for this Season” by Garris Elkins

Social media can be a powerful tool when used properly. Along with a Facebook account, I also have a Twitter account.  I am coming to appreciate Twitter more because it forces me to be concise.  Twitter only allows 140 characters for a user to craft a sentence. This concise space requirement has produced millions of proverbial quotes coming from millions of users around the world.

In the last year, Twitter has been used on the ground in social conflicts to inform international news agencies of the latest up-to-the-moment developments. In the recent cultural upheaval in the Middle East, Twitter was a powerful tool used to keep the world informed.

The Lord asked me to review the last month of my Twitter feeds. As I reviewed the month of September, I saw a trend. It was like I was reading something formed like the Book of Proverbs, where the short single sentences seemed to be drawing from a larger word the Lord was speaking.

As I reviewed these Twitter comments, I noticed that some of what the Lord had given me pertains to what is taking place in the American culture during our current election cycle and in other nations where social change is taking place.  

As you read this collection of words that form a larger word, ask the Spirit for wisdom for personal application and ask Him how to live in these times as His prophetic voice of hope to your family, your city and your nation.

“I am convinced that in our current world situation the Church must walk in a fresh prophetic revelation in order to find its way.”

“After the election God will still be on the Throne. After the recession He will still be our provider. After nations vanish He will remain.”

“The longer I walk with Jesus the more I realize some issues that used to concern me have now been placed on the shelf of insignificance.”

“Don't trade your anointing for a political position.”

“When the Spirit falls on a community or a nation He is not required to fall into our narrowly defined religious boundaries and preferences.”

“Losing interest is not always a negative. Losing interest can be a work of the Spirit shifting our focus from the old towards something new.”

“Don't allow the drama of culture to draw you away from the peace of God.”

“The danger of labeling people is that once we label anyone we eliminate them from the conversation. Labels mark the end of thinking.”

“Our most honest responses to life are given when we realize that no person or institution has anything we need to be happy or complete.”

“Political parties and gallows both have platforms. Be careful where you stand - both can hang you if you trust them to save you.”

“An election cycle will reveal our eschatology.”

“Prophesy to the problem - preach to the solution”.

“Jesus method of correction was through image-casting. The Pharisees method was through stone-casting.”

“Resist the demand to become a mouthpiece for anyone except the Holy Spirit.”

“A sense of freedom comes when those who oppose us no longer have anything to offer us in exchange for our opinion.”

“In Jesus' day the political spirit swirled throughout the culture trying to draw Him into their arguments about their inferior kingdom.”

“Jesus moved forward through the seams of culture and politics only giving them attention when honor was required. A good choice for us today.”


  1. Great thoughts, Garris! Thank you for sharing! I hope to be blogging again soon.

  2. Tweets as proverbs ... There's a revelation in itself ....particularly love the 'gallows' connectivity -----> trying to post from Japan so not sure I'll ever get this to 'go'