Tuesday, January 22, 2013


There are six things that the LORD hates; seven that are detestable to Him:

--Proverbs 6:16

Under attack by alien invaders -- that’s how my body perceives pollen. The human bodies’ normal immune response includes recognizing a foreign antigen, mobilizing forces to defend against it, and attacking it. Desert landscapes in Phoenix, my hometown, explode with blossoming trees after even the slightest rain. The warm sun quickly dries up any air moisture so wind can readily spread pollen through the air.

For me, sneezing, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose result. Does this sound familiar? I counter the uncomfortable symptoms with medication desensitizing the immune response. 

One early morning I was on the trail running. I passed several Palo Verde trees in full bloom. I felt a prompting in my mind to consider a question. How often do I take an antihistamine of sorts in regard to the prompting and conviction of the Holy Spirit?
Do I allow the gentle leading of the Spirit of God living in me to take action? Or, do I cast aside the nudging and desensitize myself to it.

What are some likely alien invaders for me or you that the Spirit will prompt us to guard against (Proverbs 6:16-19)?

· Looking down on others (pride, self-righteousness)
· Lying (direct opposion to a God of truth)
· False witness (slander, gossip)
· Stirring up dissension among people (complaining, creating drama)
· Shedding of innocent blood
· Devising of wicked schemes
· Joining evil

The last three warnings seem unlikely for me or you to engage in considering we align ourselves to the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) But, the first four we must guard our hearts against.

The devil schemes to prompt us in our flesh to consider ourselves better than others. We gossip, look down on others, or create drama. To gain status we offer complaints and stir up dissention.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to point us to Jesus. It’s so easy to take an “antihistamine” of sorts and ignore the Holy Spirit telling us to seek Him. At His feet we receive the peace we need to guard our hearts and mind (Philippians 4:7).


Dear Heavenly Father, help me to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to take my wandering heart to the foot of the cross where I will meet Jesus’ redemptive work in my soul. I repent for my rebellion and receive your forgiveness.

Reflect and Respond

What does the Bible say about how we are to guard our hearts and minds?

2 Corinthians 10:5 says:

We demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.

The Greek word for “pretension” means lofty thing – such as pride. Do you have a special way you go about demolishing your pride?

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Edy Sutherland said...

The most effective way for me to demolish my "pride" is to physically exhaust myself first.

I'll go for a job or climb a mountain until I collapse. From this posture I'm better able to see my sin more clearly.