Input determines the output. We are basically what we allow into our lives – be it food and addictive substances into our bodies, information and images into our minds, or hurts we permit to take root in our emotions. Do I take seriously the Bible’s counsel to “Guard your heart [inner-most being] more than any treasure for it is the source of all life” and out of it comes all sorts of evil (Prov 4:23; Mt 15:11,18,19). Establish self-imposed boundaries using uncompromising values coupled with discipline, self-control and accountability, then continually monitor your behaviour. “The entrance (unfolding) of your Word gives light” (Ps 119:130). The Bible also counsels us, “Whatever is good, pure and wholesome, think about these things” (Phil 4:8).
Be an alert gatekeeper, only allowing in things of worth
the right input into our lives, be it through the eye gate or ear gate, because what goes in determines to a large degree what ultimately comes forth. Satan is always looking for ways to gain the advantage over us; from seemingly innocent encounters, footholds gained soon become habits and, unless addressed, strongholds become established (Eph 4:27; 1 Pet 5:8). We reinforce the input by revisiting memories, replaying images and fantasizing. The input, because it shapes our attitudes, values and beliefs will be outworked in some form in our lifestyle – be it to our shame or honour. We determine our own destiny. It is the principle of sowing and reaping. We need to keep a close watch on the material going into our minds and the confession we speak. Many TV programs and magazines are loaded with pornographic images besides other unhealthy and unhelpful matter that do not advance spiritual growth.
Our five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling and smelling provide input into our body and mind.
Feed your spirit
can’t give out from an empty heart, it is essential to receive spiritual nourishment so we can give out to those around us, who need a touch from the Lord. We are to be channels through which His life flows to hurting humanity.