“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
The church tells us to build bridges and destroy walls. Some bridges we must build, but others we must tear down. Some walls we must destroy, but others we must build up. Christians shouldn’t open the spiritual door to everything. Instead, they must be gatekeepers or “watchmen on the walls” (Isaiah 62:6).
The human heart is the spiritual battlefield of this world. The winner, God or Satan, gains body and soul as well. So how do we protect the heart? First, we must identify its gates. Then we must open them to good and close them to evil. The body’s orifices and limbs are all spiritual gates. The cornerstone gate is the eye (Matthew 6:22-23). Based on the heart’s spiritual condition, it decides what to let in and keep out all other gates. So what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch matters, whether it’s voluntary or involuntary. We should not let everyone lay hands on us; some people are mediums. Pulpits are more than pieces of wood; it matters who is standing behind them and speaking. What we do with our reproductive organs also matters, whether it’s voluntary or involuntary. Drugs, alcohol, rock music, pornography, immorality, and witchcraft are Satan’s most powerful strongholds because they involve the body’s orifices and limbs.
People in authority are also gatekeepers. Pastors, parents, CEOs, and politicians are like umbrellas. People under their authority can experience good or evil as a result of their behavior. This is why witchcraft or immorality in a leader matters. It adversely affects churches, families, workplaces, cities, and nations. Some places are spiritually light, others dark, as a result of leaders’ behavior. This is also why unbelieving spouses are sanctified by Christian ones, with the children made holy (1 Corinthians 7:14). Sometimes, unbelieving children of Christian parents don’t sin publicly until after they leave home. The parents are a restraining influence. Likewise, ancestors’ behavior can be a blessing or curse on their descendants (Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 20:5-6).
When Pharaoh took Sarah into his home, God sent plagues (Genesis 12:17). When Abimelech took Sarah into his home, God sent infertility (20:17-18). When another Pharaoh refused the word of God through Moses, he sent ten plagues (Exodus 7-12). All Egyptians suffered from these plagues because of Pharaoh. After Israel became a nation, good and bad kings determined the people’s success on the battlefield. In the end, the spiritual goodness of people like Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel could not deter Israel’s final collision course with Babylon.
The heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Our sinful hearts are conditioned to desire what is evil. As a result, we constantly open our spiritual gates to evil. If we want to be free, we must repent and turn to Jesus. He died to give us new hearts that would love and obey him (Ezekiel 36:26). Only through conversion can we open our spiritual gates to goodness and close them to evil. If we find evil in the lives of authority figures, then we must pray that God will either save or remove the wicked ones. If we find evil in the lives of our ancestors, then we must repent and choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19, Ezekiel 18, 33).
Guard your heart, guard your heart
Don’t trade it for treasure, don’t give it away
Guard your heart, guard your heart
As a payment for pleasure, it’s a high price to pay.
For the soul that remains sincere
With a conscience clear
Guard your heart.
– Steve Green (YouTube)