During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, - John 13:2
So how does the devil gain access to a man’s (or woman’s) heart?
The two big access points that come to my mind are eyes and ears – right?
Pretty straight forward.
I learned a song in Sunday School.
Be careful little ears what you hear.
Be careful little eyes what you see.
"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. - Mark 4:23-24 NASB
This came as Jesus taught them parables.
Two parts to this instruction:
If you have the capacity to hear – by all means listen to what Jesus says.
At the same time, be careful what you do listen to.
You must guard your ear gates.
Jesus was a listener.
He only spoke what the Father gave Him to say.
"For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me." - John 12:49-50 NASB
"If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. - Matthew 5:29 NASB
Well – that’s motivation to guard what I see!
Earlier, in the Beatitudes Jesus says:
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. - Matthew 5:8
Dietrich Bonhoeffer in “The Cost of Discipleship” says
When you have made your eye the instrument of impurity you cannot see God with it. [Tweet This]
What a brilliant link.
Paul’s advice on the matter:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. - Philippians 4:8 NASB
So I say again today:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Don’t forget to shine – that’s why you’re screwed in.
If you missed yesterday's post "All Access Pass to my Heart" - you might want to check it out.