This past week our security alarm began blaring in the wee hours of Thursday morning, sometime around 4am. The message advised that a window had been opened. Kensi and I looked around and did not find a window open, so we then went back to bed. The following night, the same thing happened, this time at 2am. This time I went around looking at all of the windows and found that nearly EVERY WINDOW in our house was unlocked! This means that we have been living in our house since December 2017 and never realized the windows weren’t secure. So, I went through and secured all of the windows.
This was just astounding to me. How often I have checked the doors to make sure that they are closed, deadbolted and the alarm is set. We do this so as to protect what we so value in our home, mainly our children, from that of intruders. All the while I felt secure knowing that the door was shut and locked, and the alarm set, yet I was reminded of the numerous times of the past 3 years that although the door was locked and the alarm wasn’t set, but every window was not secure. With such, my mind went to so many spiritual applications and resulted in this article.
I thought how we deceive ourselves in believing that we are secure, maybe in the sense of the “door” being closed and locked to our spiritual house (cf. 1 Peter 2:5), yet the windows are all open. We just assume we are good and secure, but how often do we really check the windows and door of our “spiritual house?” How well do we guard and keep it?! How many areas of our spiritual house is not as secure as we may think it is?
Throughout the Bible we are reminded of the IMPORTANCE and SIGNIFICANCE of GUARDING OUR HEARTS. Jesus emphasized the importance of keeping oneself, checking the proverbial doors and windows for as He said in Mark 7:20-23, “what comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart proceed… evil things… and defile a man.”
In Genesis 3, Eve proves this point very easily. In a sense, Eve had the door closed and locked, as she knew and would even recite what the Lord God had said. Satan found that she wasn’t as secure as she may have believed, as he found an unguarded place so as to plant the seed of doubt which led to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. She was not as secure as she initially believed.
The process of guarding one’s heart is a constant process. It is about covering every nook and cranny, leaving nothing undone, void, open. How often though due to a lack of diligence in keeping our hearts, guarding our hearts, that so many things are allowed/permitted in, which will in turn DEFILE. The very word “GUARD” is defined to “watch over in order to protect and control; to protect against damage or harm.” When we use the word “GUARD” as a noun, we understand that such is “a person who keeps watch, whether a soldier or other person that is formally assigned to protect another person(s), or to control access to a place” (dictionary.com).
There are numerous areas that I could write about, but I share just the few to stimulate the mind to do some examination, for us to all take a moment, to check the door, and yes, even the windows to “keep oneself, to take heed to ourselves” (1 Tim. 4:16) as we inspect our spiritual house.
In 1 Corinthians 9:27, the apostle Paul emphasizes how important it was to himself pure, to live a life of holiness, separate and apart from the world. If he allowed the impurities of the world into his heart and did NOT discipline himself, keeping his own body, bringing it into subjection, then he would become disqualified.
If one was to ask Paul as to how much bad stuff, worldly, fleshly, carnal filth can be allowed/permitted? I am certain from his writings that he would say “NONE.” Peter would exhort in 1 Peter 2:11. To keep oneself, to keep one’s body, means that they will distance themselves from our own self-indulgent urges/desires. The spiritual house will be made secure, doors, windows, EVERYTHING! Permitting the “windows unsecured, the opportunity is there for the works of the flesh which does not have a good result (cf. Gal. 5:19-21).
This goes hand in hand with what we find in 1 John 5:21 that instructs to “keep yourselves from idols.” God desired the same for the children of Israel in the days of old. We know the commandment given in Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Some may say, “hold on! We don’t have any golden calves or any molten/carved images like that!” Friends, an idol is not only an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship, it’s even a person or thing that is GREATLY ADMIRED, LOVED OR REVERED.
Anything that we show excessive love which would in turn replace God has become an idol.
We know that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God & His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33), that our “affections are to be set on things above, not on things of this earth” (Col. 3:2,3), but are we diligent in making certain that we are secure, door and windows closed, secured from such idols of this world, even our own selves and the idol of pleasure worship. (cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 4:2-4; Phil. 3:19). How secure are we really?
Again, the aforementioned are just a few things to briefly mention in this article. If our faith, the spiritual house that we have holds much significance and meaning to us as it should, then we will make certain that we secure it, guard it so we the great intruder (the thief, Satan cf. John 10:10a) doesn’t find an open window to come in and steal our joy, our hope, our most precious commodity, being a child of the Most High God.
In 1 Timothy 6:20,21 Paul expressed his desire that Timothy guard what was committed to his trust. Guard the faith! If we are not guarding, keeping ourselves in the faith, then we will be likened to those who Paul was admonishing to wake up (cf. Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 15:34)! Paul had recognized that those who should have been standing guard and keeping themselves were rather drifting into gradual apostasy (cf. 1 Cor. 10:12). There were those who were defecting like those at Galatia (cf. Galatians 1:6,7). It is ever-so important that our senses are exercised to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14), that we contend for the faith (Jude 3), stand fast in the faith (1 Cor. 16:13).
Friends, I needed this reminder, which came in the form of my windows at my physical house being unsecure. Let’s check the door of our heart, and yea, even the windows. Make it secure and guard it!
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 😊