As I was driving down the street with my husband we came to a stop light. The car stood at a complete stop and my husband and I were in a deep conversation. Suddenly he stopped and had this alarming look on his face. He pulled me over to his side, grabbed this stick we had in the car, and pointed it towards the direction of where I was sitting. As I looked over his shoulder I saw a lion that was trying to pounce into the car. Immediately we locked the doors, and my husband stood at guard to block the lion so that he could not enter. The lion constantly tried to enter on all sides but we refused to let him in. When I woke up wondering what the dream meant I decided to pray about it, and God began to show me the meaning, which leads me to this post.
Who are you letting into your car? In the dream, the car represented my mind. The doors represented my eyes and ears. So now that you understand the question, think about what you are letting into your nice fancy car. What’s going in through your eyes and ears?
Everything you say or allow into your eyes or ears becomes data that is stored in your heart. The Bible talks a lot about guarding your gates. Watching what you put into your ear and eye gates. One scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 4:20-25 NIV (“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ears to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you”.) There are so many things that can negatively impact us, without us even realizing it. The TV is filled with reality shows that spill out drama, derogatory comments, fighting, jealousy, and the list goes on. Then you have shows like (insert your favorite show here), etc. that are full of violence, more drama, and more negativity. But of course, these shows are so good and leave you impatiently waiting till next week’s episode, because deception loves to sneak in through the back door. Oh, and we can’t forget about the movies that so craftily sneak in scenes filled with nudity, sex, etc. Everything we put into our ears and eyes affects us spiritually, emotionally and even physically. We have to guard our hearts, and in order to do this, we have to guard our eyes and ears.
I want to encourage you this week to be cautious of what you watch and listen to. When you engage in conversation with a coworker or friend, you should ask yourself this question. Will listening to this person affect me positively or negatively? If it’s negative then stop the conversation. Instead, pray with them or change the subject. If that doesn’t help, then walk away. Just like the car illustration we have to be careful of who we allow in our car. Let’s imagine that you have a luxury car with a beautiful clean interior, and someone comes into your car covered in mud, places their feet on the seats, and starts kicking dirt everywhere. Then he changes your music and starts blasting his own music. You are definitely going to kick them out of your car! Let’s be mindful to guard our ears and eyes so that the enemy (prowling like a lion ready to pounce in your car) will not be allowed in.
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