Whatever you fill your mind with will eventually make its way into your heart. While the heart has been referred to as many things, (besides just an organ that pumps blood to the rest of your body), the ultimate thing that your heart really is may come as a shock to some of you, because it really is the STOREHOUSE of your Life!
“The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil STOREHOUSE brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE (overflow) OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS.” Luke 6:45
Whatever we allow through the gates of our life (eyes and ears), goes into our minds and as we focus on it more and more it will eventually make its way to our hearts.
Once in the heart, that thing which we’ve been meditating on becomes a part of us in the form of what scripture calls a stronghold.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the OVERTHROW AND DESTRUCTION OF STRONGHOLDS, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Right now, in this age, information is the major influencer of our societies. The ability to share reasoning, thoughts, insights, and communications at the flick of a finger has filled the airwaves with so much information (true and false) that filtering it all out has become even more difficult than it was in previous generations.
The prince of the power of the air has been bombarding airwaves with everything and anything in an attempt to distract, mislead or lie to people in order to keep them away from the truth of God’s Word and relationship with God Himself. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
The gates of your life are your last line of defense against this onslaught of lies, fiction, and misinformation with which the enemy has been filling the airwaves. If you hand the keys to the gates of your life for safekeeping to the Holy Spirit, He will not only guard your eyes and ears, but He will also create strongholds of His Word and His Power in your heart that no devil in hell will be able to touch.
“Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a PURE HEART, WHO HAS NOT LIFTED HIMSELF UP TO FALSEHOOD OR TO WHAT IS FALSE, NOR SWORN DECEITFULLY.” Psalms 24:3-4
“LIFT UP YOUR HEADS, O YOU GATES; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, THAT THE KING OF GLORY MAY COME IN. Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” Psalms 24:7-8
A pure heart is one that is completely surrendered to Jesus Christ and has allowed the King of Glory entrance through the gates of his or her life! Once the King of Glory has come in, He takes up residency and the things of the enemy are reduced to nothing in your heart, mind, and life! Jesus Christ becomes the strong man of your STOREHOUSE!
What have you allowed through your gates and into your STOREHOUSE this morning, last week, last month, or last year? Have you been entertaining the lies and fictions from the airwaves controlled by the enemy, or have you been spending time in the Word of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to build strongholds for Jesus Christ in your life?
Whatever you allow into your heart will eventually emerge from your lips, the question you need to ask yourself is whether it’ll be the life of God’s Word coming forth or the propaganda of the enemy.