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The Media Mountain is a very powerful mountain of communication...and we know all about this! Isn't it amazing that you can share whatever you want on the worldwide web and social media, and it is available for the world to see in moments!
Diane Lakes shares some personal testimony of her own in her experience with the Media Mountain and the importance of it as she shares:
Without media, the other mountains of societal influence (education, business, government, etc.) would be "scattered"—inability to communicate would greatly reduce their relevancy. Think about it—without media, how could a business today operate without being able to advertise or market their product, and communicate both internally and with consumers?
Now that's the power of Media...if you are called to the Media Mountain, let this word by Diane Lake greatly encourage you!
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"The Power of the Media Mountain"
A Key To Everything—Speaking Truth
This is what the Lord says: "I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain." (Zech. 8:3)
Keeping in step with God requires a knowledge of times and seasons, and even now, God is releasing greater revelation as He mobilizes His army to take possession of the cultural mountains (or kingdoms) of this world. The battle is for cultural prominence, and you don't ascend these mountains without a fight. (See 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Joel 2:1-11; Rev. 11:15; 2 Cor. 10:3-4.)
It's a time much like when Israel was directed to possess the land. And while there are certainly "giants" on these mountains that are greater and mightier than we are, God is also promising to not just fight with us to take them, but for fight us. (See Deut. 7-8; Josh. 10:1-14).
One of the most significant areas for Believers to understand and influence is the media. I feel the Lord has shown me that step one for anyone who wants to ascend this mountain is that you must speak truth. You need to stick to the whole truth, not rumors or innuendo.
Truth is big on God's agenda; it's a Scriptural principle—we just don't always see it. Jesus revealed Himself as the way, the truth and the life; He is called Faithful and True as He judges and makes war seated on a white horse. Scripture even reveals that as truth springs out of the earth, our land will yield its increase. (See John 14:6; Rev. 19:11; Psalm 85:11-12.) (Photo via Pixabay)
Quite simply, it's a key to everything—speaking truth.
Step two is a deep revelation of the Lord's grace—not the form of grace that allows compromise and conforms to political correctness, but a grace which stands firm for truth while conveying the Father's heart of love, a love that is inclusive, not exclusive. It is a love that fears no one except the One who is to be feared—it's truth spoken in love. (See John 3:17; Matt. 10:28; Eph. 4:15.)
Step three is to enter a new level of strength and purpose available to the Body of Christ. Recognize that it is not about you. It is about a King upon His throne. All dominion and power and glory are His—a Kingdom without end. (See Eph. 4:13; Rev. 11:15-17.)
A Light-bulb Moment
I remember the moment I realized the power that a media platform could provide. My husband and I had successfully rallied Believers in our community to remove Planned Parenthood from involvement with the sex-education program in our local high school. Because my husband was on the school board and I had given a key testimony, our local newspaper saw potential for a good story, and a reporter called me almost immediately to ask for an interview.
Thankfully, the Lord gave me a strategy, which really aided in this process, but still, the ensuing article reflected a bias towards Planned Parenthood and an attempt to make it look like I had a religious agenda. (Ironically, I actually do have a Kingdom agenda, and don't think the "other side" doesn't have an agenda, too!)
Because of this and because some key facts were missing from this article, my husband and I took some heat in the letters to the editor, prompting me to contact the newspaper about the possibility of writing a guest editorial—to which the response was a quick, "Yes!"
And voila! Several days later, there was my 700-word guest column, clarifying the issues and explaining why we organized to do what we did, as well as outlining why a casual view of sex harms our kids emotionally and spiritually (in non-church language, of course).
I'd just been handed a platform to preach truth in a secular newspaper (The Missoulian) with a print circulation of around 60,000 versus preaching to the same small congregation who already agreed with my message.
It was a light-bulb moment for me.
Our "One Speech" World
"Now the whole earth had one language and one speech." (Gen. 11:1)
Since then, I've written columns in this same newspaper on topics like homosexuality/political correctness, sexual assault prevention on our local university campus, gun control issues—and most recently—the bathroom debate. And the Lord has increased our ministry's reach through several major prophetic media platforms as well. I say this to encourage others that you don't need a large ministry presence or staff in order to influence through media. We don't have either of these things. Simply having a large God will do!
The power of communication (media) is revealed through the story of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9). The whole earth had one speech, or language, and as they came together with one purpose, nothing that they proposed to do would be withheld from them (v. 6). God scrambled communications to scatter them in order to prevent their ungodly agenda from manifesting!
A similar "one-speech" model exists in the earth today through the power of the Internet, social media, and various forms of instant satellite communication. Information that once took hours, days or even weeks to disseminate can now be communicated worldwide in seconds. (Photo via flickr)
Without media, the other mountains of societal influence (education, business, government, etc.) would be "scattered"—inability to communicate would greatly reduce their relevancy. Think about it—without media, how could a business today operate without being able to advertise or market their product, and communicate both internally and with consumers? The Super Bowl would have little impact if it wasn't broadcast, and today's ministries and churches must take advantage of social media, podcasts, and other means of disseminating their message to sustain relevance.
Regardless of whether or not you are directly called to the media mountain, what God is doing in the earth is so big, that to keep in step with Him, you will need to pay attention to various forms of media and understand the powerful significance they have in our time.
Diane Lake is a writer and minister ordained with both Christian International and Generals International. A published author, her current writing project is a devotional book on cultivating intimacy with the Lord. She and her husband, Allen, co-founded Starfire Ministries with a vision to see the Kingdom established beyond the four walls of the traditional church. They serve as Church Mountain and Montana Coordinators for the Reformation Prayer Network and are blessed to call beautiful western Montana home.
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