Garbage in, garbage out

Garbage in, garbage out. That's a well-worn computer phrase for faulty data input resulting in faulty program performance. It's impossible for a computer program to run as it should when erroneous data has been entered. The same applies to life.

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (Luke 6.45)

Our words confirm or betray the thoughts of our heart. They eventually are consistent with what we think. We might choose our words carefully enough for a while to hide our real thoughts, but sooner or later the truth will be told. Better we should carefully choose our thoughts than our words.

The battle is always for the mind. We have an enemy who knows this all too well. Enticing, alluring media can easily draw us in and preoccupy our mind with that which is displeasing to our Father and His Son. Subtle, less-than-the-best thoughts can also deter us from His ideal.

A deliberate effort to permeate our mind with the word of God is the only safeguard against a satanic, anti-God mindset. We can never defeat sinful thoughts unless we have pro-actively armed our minds with His word (Psalm 119.9,11).

We are what we think.

©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission

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