"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh"-Matthew 12:34b.
One thing you learn when you get older is that the eating habits of your youth will come back to haunt you. Health officials are trying to re-school us about the importance of developing good eating habits because many of our health problems can be traced to poor eating habits.
Some years ago I went to my doctor for my annual physical. He said everything was fine, but that my cholesterol number was borderline high. My abuse of deserts was telling on me. I changed my diet and in ninety days, I brought my number down from 197 to 179. My body was directly affected by what I put into it.
This is also true about us in a spiritual sense. Whatever we subject ourselves to the most will dominate our behavior. Youths believe they can listen to music with diabolical lyrics, and adults believe they can indulge in pornographic material and not be harmed. This is far from the truth. Even though every bona fide Christian has been born again, he still lives in a corruptible body. If we regularly subject ourselves to vulgar messages, they will minister to some very base passions that exist in all of us. With time, we will express the content of our heart--in unpleasant ways.
No one is an exception to this truth. God created our bodies in such a way that we cannot feed it mostly junk and have it function properly; similarly, we cannot subject our inner being to a lot of bad stuff and have it function properly. If our life is characterized by corrupt thought patterns and ungodly behavior these are signs we are unhealthy on the inside. The solution-the only solution-- is to change our spiritual diet.
Dear Lord, I want to be strong and healthy on the inside. Help me to guard the doors to my heart from unhealthy influences. Help me to read the right things, listen to the right things, and view the right things.... Amen.