As Christians we are all familiar with the saying, "We live in the world but we are not of the world." We know that our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20) and that we are pilgrims here on earth (Hebrews 11:13). However, sometimes we just don't act or speak like we truly believe that. Sometimes we "buy into" the ways of the world and forget about the Kingdom to which we belong and even the King who rules and reigns. We must remember that we are just passing through this world until that day when we reach our eternal destination. This raises the question, how do we live in the world without being influenced by the ways of world? How do we keep our focus clear and our direction straight? The answer to those question is a matter of mind control, and by that I mean controlling what enters our minds, because what enters our minds will eventually control our thoughts and our hearts.
We are all well aware that much of the information that enters our minds on a daily basis comes from a worldly perspective and a secular worldview. So how do we filter life's information in a way that guards our minds and hearts?
I propose that it's done by guarding the gates of our minds.
There are two gates through which we receive information. They can both be opened to receive information that will encourage, equip and empower us, and they can be closed to reject information that will harm, confuse, tempt, deceive or endanger us. The two gates are the eye gate and the ear gate.