We are constantly being led by something. In a consumer culture, we are constantly consuming information. It’s readily available at our fingertips. When I was little my mom would always say “input, output…what goes in is what comes out”. This idea is that whatever we consume, essentially will consume us. Our thoughts, our speech, our hearts, our mind, and our souls.
For example, if we consume too much social media, it has been shown scientifically to produce insecurity and fear, leading to depression and anxiety. If we consume a large amount of television news, it has been shown to have the same results as social media. Too much of either, social media or the news, can be a breeding ground for fear. In the same respect, if we spend time in the Word of God, prayer, praise, the fellowship of other believers, and thanksgiving it has been shown to cultivate a heart of love and security in Christ which leads to faith, peace, and joy.
Matthew 12:34b says, “for the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” We are connected by mind, body, and soul. Whatever we consume too much of will lead us in every aspect. What we input; we will output. What we consume will lead us.
I love this quote from Pastor Craig Groeschel: “Our life is always moving in the direction of our strongest thoughts. Most of life’s battles are won or lost in the mind.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, calls us to “take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.” An active call to do just as Colossians 3:2 says “to set out mind on things above.” When we do His perfect love casts out all fears. We are then led by love and able to “approach His cradle with glowing hearts led by the light of faith”.
1 John 4:18, 2 Corinthians 2:5, Colossians 3:2, Isaiah 26:3
Reflect: What things are consuming you? What are you inputting the most, as a result, what are you outputting? What changes do you need to make so you are led by faith and love?
All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!