Technology Addiction and The Spirit of the Age




He said: ”I have more for you. And I am offering you something that I’ve offered many in your generation- but they could not put down their phones.”

These are the words the Lord spoke to me in prayer.


👉🏼I knew He was speaking directly to the addiction of our generation. It was an invitation into the fullest longings of His heart.

It was in an invitation into true revival and awakening.

👉🏼He was inviting me into hours upon hours of revelation and encounters with Him that would impact generations to come.

👉🏼He was calling me…

👉🏼HE IS CALLING US- into a place where few were able to go.

This is a place we must go to escape the deception of the last days. The word of God admonishes us to know that ”even the elect will be deceived” (Matthew 24:24) 

  •  Have we become addicted and wooed by demonic self-exaltation? 
  •  Could the Lord be urging us away from constant media interaction because we are in communion with the spirit of the age? 
  • Could it be that He loves us so much that He wants to teach us the beauty of His leadership, what His voice really sounds like, and the truth of His word in an hour when deception and corruption are rampant?
  • Could He be calling out for a people who will dethrone this spirit in the last days? 

What is the Spirit of the Age?

Revelation 17 speaks of the great harlot that will entice with her lusts and immorality in the last days. You may hear this spirit called the spirit of Babylon or the spirit of the age. 

“Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Revelation 17:1-2

This spirit thrives on self-gratification and self exhalation. It loves to appeal to our fleshly pleasures and desires to be known, to be heard, and to be seen. It is satanic in nature but yet very enticing.

Revelation 17:3-6

There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

Babylon the great

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

This spirit is captivating, dazzling, promises prosperity, power, and personal fame. 

It opposes the message of holiness, repentance, and exhalation of Jesus. 

It promotes mankind, sexuality, and own desires above all else. 

This harlot’s goal is to destroy the message of purity, truth, and repentance. She wants to entice the multitude to join with her in this war against the people of God. It’s a “you do you, but destroy them” message!

When the Lord spoke to me about putting down the phone; the most sobering two words He said were: 


He didn’t say they WOULD NOT put down their phones but they COULD NOT… LET THAT SINK IN!



  • How many times a day do you check your social media account after you have posted? 
  • Do you experience happiness or depression according to how well your post is doing? 
  • Have you been consumed in the internet popularity contest?
  • Do you view of right and wrong by the current news outlets, politics, celebrities or even ministries that you follow? 

If you answered yes to any of these. Wake up! 

The word of God is the TRUTH all the rest is must bow. 

We must shut off the noise, study the scriptures as though our lives depend on it, and allow God to break up the fallow ground of our hearts. Hear the word of the Lord from Hosea 10:12-13:

“Sow for yourselves righteousness

and reap the fruit of loving devotion;

break up your unplowed ground.

For it is time to seek the LORD

until He comes and sends righteousness

upon you like rain.

13You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice;

you have eaten the fruit of lies.

Because you have trusted in your own way

and in the multitude of your mighty men”

God was speaking a warning and judgment through Hosea because the people had been swept up into the lies and deception Babylonian spirit, the same spirit we are warned about in Revelation 17-18 and the same spirit that that has been around since Adam and Eve. 

The Judgement comes because of trusting in your own way and the multitude!

“You have plowed in wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of mighty men.”  

In Hosea’s day, they didn’t have access to the internet and social media. The multitude that they listened to was intensely smaller than the voices we hear today. 

I venture to say that we currently sit amidst the most pivotal generation to have ever been born. Unfortunately, the wooing of the harlot is constant, deafening, and she is shouting day-in and day-out. Posting, commenting, reporting: “trust in your own way and in the multitude.” 

Even those of us who long for the truth have been infilled by this multitude. We have been lulled to sleep, silenced, and has made us more like the walking dead than bold messengers. We are always longing for more but too addicted and distracted to receive what we hunger for. The multitude of Christians are hearing the voice of the Lord but too consumed by the multitude of the culture to respond. 

We must break up our unplowed ground and seek the Lord for righteousness to arise!


This invitation to break the addiction is to bring freedom from the drunken stupor of the age. It is an invitation to hear His voice and come to the knowledge of the truth. It is an invitation to reconciliation and reformation! 

The Lord is breaking in and calling out to us “Come out from among them and be ye separate says the Lord, touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you”(Corinthians 6:17): “When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God raises a standard against him” Isaiah 59:19


The lover of our souls is calling out to us, beloved.

He’s inviting us into a depth of intimacy, revelation, and creativity that has never been experienced.

”We are ever-increasing in knowledge but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3:7) 

We are inspired but not transformed.

We are creative but unproductive. 

We have been numbed out and taught by the spirit of the age. 

But He is calling out! 


We must shut off the phones and allow the process of cleansing and breaking to take place. Awakening will follow!

Help us, Lord! Rip us out of our virtual stupor. We want more!!

Tammie Southerland is the author of Permission to Burn: Breaking the Chains of Compromise from a Holy Generation

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