“A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35 (KJV)
What enters in through the Eye Gate and the Ear Gate will come out of the Mouth Gate.
“I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.”
John 17:14-20 (KJV)
We are to be in the world but not of the world.
What are you watching? What are you looking at? What are you reading? What are you listening to? These are important questions. It’s been said, “You are what you eat?” Do you have a palate for Living Bread? Do you thirst for Living Water? … Good! The Bible is our best reading!
What else are you reading? Lately, I’ve been reading and re-reading CS Lewis. I also read biographies and autobiographies. I read good magazines like Reader’s Digest and Faith Unlimited. Most of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers are Jesus lovers. I read their posts and repost them. I’m tempted to read and look at other things. When I came into Christ and Him into me, I was addicted to porn. Do you struggle with porn? There’s help available. There are good books, like Every Man’s Battle, accountability groups, and guards for your search engines, like Covenant Eyes.
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22&23 (KJV)
What are you listening too? Who is speaking into your life? What type of music do you like? Are the lyrics good to ingest?
I like a positive message as much as anyone, but Jesus spoke of picking up our crosses daily to follow Him. The Bible says that we will face persecution because of His name. Are your speakers balanced? Does it take more faith to receive a healing, or to remain solid in Jesus even when the healing doesn’t come?
When I got saved in 1974, one of the first things I discovered was that Christian music had expanded beyond the organ and the piano. There was such a thing as Christian rock! There was every type of music laced with sound Christian doctrine. I threw away (I think I burned) all my secular music. That was a little extreme. There’s a lot of good music that’s; well, let’s call it neutral. How is what you’re listening to affecting your heart?
We could say a lot more about what comes in through the Eye and Ear Gates, but I’ll leave that to the Holy Spirit.
Now, let’s consider the Mouth Gate. We’ve looked at Input. What about Output?
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my Strength, and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (KJV) Indeed, the meditation of my heart strongly influences the words of my mouth! Are your messages to others biblical and balanced? Are your words Spirit led? “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (KJV) “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)
What if your child wants to watch something on TV that may be questionable? What will you say? “NO!” Or, will you say, “I’m not so sure about that show. Let’s watch it together.”
Garbage In – Garbage Out! … Unless it’s PROCESSED Garbage
May I suggest that you watch TV with your children and then talk about what’s been seen and heard. Make sure you don’t just lecture. Listen to your child with respect, and they may listen to you with the same. When our children were young G or PG was the rating for them and for us! But even then, there were things that needed to be freely discussed, and perhaps prayed about.
How should we land this plane? The runway could be bumpy. The weather could be stormy. Such is life. You won’t be perfect. But you will continue, by God’s grace, to grow in grace.
“According as His divine power He hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”2 Peter 1:3-8 (KJV)
“and abound” = “and are increasing” Keep growing! You’re good! God’s faithful!