Our diligent research online is interrupted by this warning. “This site might cause damage or create a virus (block or allow)” Subsequently, we block that site without hesitation. Consequently, our system could be shut down and all our files deleted if we choose to allow access. It is not a difficult choice to make. No one will deliberately ignore the risk.
In the same urgency, we must guard our hearts. When the enemy comes in with unkindness, sadness, fear, and discomfort, we have a choice to allow access or block it. Philippians 4:6 admonishes us to think on honest, just, pure, lovely, and things that are worth giving praise. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good. Can we examine our premeditation? Yes, we can. If we feel a jolt, a tug, or a sense of uneasiness, usually, Satan is trying to gain access. That is the time to “resist the devil, and he will flee.” (James 4:7) The things which we allow into our hearts become our words, so it behooves us to choose what we invite into our hearts. When we make our choices negative, like pessimism, and cynicism, it will be as a virus to a computer.
NOTE: Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the wellsprings of life.”
May the beautiful words of our mouths and the pure meditations of our hearts be acceptable in the sight of our Lord. They will emerge when we speak; yes, beautiful words, wonderful words, encouraging words of life.
Right now, my heart wells with the wonders surrounding me. The tall Georgia Pine stand erect and strong and confident as an example for a weak heart. Winter is the season, yet the view of beauty in the trees show a mesmerizing autumn. Each morning God’s handiwork is presented differently. Suddenly, just like a Hallelujah chorus, the sun burst through the trees with warmth that can heal a cold heart. Oh! That is the way we want pure words and thoughts of the Lord to flood our hearts.
My heart is creating a good matter; I speak of the things worth praising God for. My words are pure enough and edifying so they may be spoken before the King. Practicing the vocabulary allowed into my heart makes my tongue like a pen of a ready writer. My heart is confident in God. No wonder I can sing his praises! He is the lyricist!
There comes a knock! Who is it? God is our very present help in answering the knock. Who opens the door to their home before they know who is knocking? Likewise, it is imperative to identify things seeking access to our heart. Resist the devil! Give God access!
“A cheerful heart is a good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing…” Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)