20 years ago, we had a mouse problem. A big mouse problem. Just when we thought we caught them all, we’d find that another one moved in with an even larger family than the last. It was the year we discovered that mice can squeeze through cracks about the size of a pencil. It was also the year that we learned how destructive these rodents can be.
So it is with temptation and sin. It doesn’t need a lot of space to slip through. And so we must be proactive when it comes to guarding our hearts.
Satan’s destructive. He tells us that it’s more important to be right than it is to do right. He makes us feel little, while he tempts us to grasp a false sense of importance. He’s deceptive. He interferes with God’s word by twisting the truth into a lie. He beckons us to hold on to anger and hate, and rejects the mere thought of humility.
We talked about the job of the watchman the other day and the importance of guarding our hearts. And how do we do that? Simply put, by being careful about the things we allow into our hearts. Wisely discerning the things that we see, those things that we hear, and the words that we read.
Finally, and most importantly, by living according to God’s Word.
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Be conscious of the things you hear, read, and see this week, wisely discerning what’s good and what’s evil.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity. By living according to your word. (Psalm 119:9, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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