Check it at the Door

Proverbs 4:23-27 MSG says Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
Walk with me for a minute…imagine your hear a ring or a knock at the door.  The person at the door is dressed very nicely and looks fairly decent. However, you wait to see what he/she wants or what he/she starts talking about. You are still on guard.  As he/she begins to speak you, they threaten you. Immediately, you close the door!  The person leaves, never to return.
Friends, this is the same attitude we must have in the spirit when it comes to guarding our hearts.  When we fellowship with bitterness, gossip, angst, fear and anxiety, we are opening the door to a discombobulated life. Notice I didn’t say “when we fellowship with a person.”  Our battle and war is NEVER with the person. It’s the spirit residing in the person. Ephesians 6:12 NKJV  says For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  We must be very adamant and vigilant with what we allow into the doors of our hearts.  As the saying goes “garbage in, garbage out” or better yet, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

So when bitterness knocks, check it at the door.  When fear knocks, check it at the door.  When gossip knocks, check it at the door. When any ungodly foolishness knocks, CHECK IT AT THE DOOR! 

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