My Mom used to say to me, “garbage in, garbage out”. I’ve been thinking about that statement the last couple of days. Yesterday, we talked about getting a new heart and a new spirit from the Lord (Lord, Give Me a New Heart). We talked about this in the context of changing what our mouths speak. (Luke 6:45) “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” 

The Holy Spirit can and will change our hearts, if we give Him control of our lives. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26) And when our hearts change, so will our words. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Jesus said that “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. We can receive a new tender heart and spirit from the Lord, but our daily choices we make will fill that heart. If we choose to indulge in the pleasures of the wickedness of this world, that will fill our hearts; and that is what our words will speak. If instead, we choose to spend our time with our Lord God, meditating on His Word, that will fill our hearts; and that is what our words will speak. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

In Ephesians 4:23 Paul wrote: “to be made new in the attitude of your minds;” to show us that it is what we choose to think about is what will direct our lives. Our Lord and Savior sacrificed His life to pay the ransom for our eternal lives. The Lord God wants us to think about Him, rather than worldly things. “You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.” (Leviticus 20:26) We have been set apart. We are not to be of the world. The word holy here can be translated as “separate from human infirmity, impurity, and sin.” As we are set apart, God is calling us to be different. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8)

Over the last year or so, several TV shows have been suggested to me and are available either on Netflix or Amazon to binge watch the entire shows up to this point. Two I’m thinking of particularly are House of Cards and How to Get Away With Murder. I did start watching both of the series, but didn’t get very far when I stopped watching them. I believe these shows are what my mother cautioned me against when she would say to me, “garbage in, garbage out”. I don’t want to fill my heart with stories that laud sin and degradation. In the last week, I’ve read two short novels, The Ultimate Gift and The Ultimate Life. In contrast, these stories were uplifting.

How are you filling your heart?