Guard Your Mind

 

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

The word translated as "heart" in Proverbs 4:23 is "leb" (Strong's Hebrew 3820) and can also be defined as inner man, mind and will. The impurities it contains will flow from it and contaminate what you feel, say and do.

The enemy is sneaky. While he knows he may not be able to get you to go out and physically commit adultery, he may be able to entice you to watch it taking place on your television or a movie screen as he whispers to you that the husband of the heroine really is a jerk after all and these two are simply made for one another. Besides, it is not "real". It is only a "story". You're not actually doing it so it is okay.

The enemy is a liar.

While you are enjoying "the story", you don't seem to notice that he is over there in the corner carefully planting some seeds, giving them a nice drink of water and promising that he will return and tend to them later when he has distracted you once again. And return he does with his assurances that there is no harm in a "good story", everyone else does it, this is the 21st century after all and of course, as a Christian you are more than capable of resisting temptation, right? You're redeemed, right? So you can handle this, right?

Did you forget the enemy is a liar?

If the enemy cannot get you to reject Jesus Christ, he will try to render you into a weak and ineffective Christian who is not even hobbling along. You are seated in front of the television, the movie screen, the radio, the latest novel, etc and filling up your heart/mind with junk that is ungodly.

Am I saying that it is wrong to watch a good movie, enjoy a television program, listen to music, read a good book and so forth? No, I am not. What I am saying is that we need to use the brain God gave us and think about what we consume. If we consume poison, it will hurt us and perhaps even kill us so we avoid consuming it. If we fill our minds with ungodly things, we are consuming spiritual poison and it will hurt us and perhaps even destroy us. What we allow into our heart, what we allow into our mind, really does matter. Let's start acting like it does.

 

  

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