Yesterday was a great day in my household — I was able to remove a malfunctioning alarm system. At
least twice a day the system would emit a series of loud and piercing beeps to remind me that it was malfunctioning. My wife thought that she could detect “Curtis, fix or replace
me” within those searing tones. Many of us go through efforts to secure our homes, business, and automobiles. Even our digital lives are secured by usernames and passwords. We go to great lengths to secure the things important to us and keep those that would do us harm out!
My question to you and to me – do we work as diligently to keep out things that would do us spiritual
harm? Do we secure the front door but allow in evil influences through television, Internet, books,
music, or magazines? Or do we secure our homes and keep it free from evil influences but then keep poor company outside of our homes?
How to keep out evil influences?
 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.
The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
If we put our focus on God, he will aid in guarding us.
 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God,
and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
As as we resist evil, as we seek out God, resisting should be easier and easier.
What should we allow into our homes, minds, hearts?
 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. (ESV)
We can actively work to keep evil influences out but they must be replaced with the good. And if we are
filling our time, our minds, our hearts with the pure then there will be less opportunity to consume the evil.
Consider the things we consume – do they meet with the standards of Philippians 4:8?
Where is our focus?
 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves
break in and steal,  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)
Ultimately, Jesus is encouraging us – as he so often does – to not focus on the things of this world but to
focus on the spiritual.
Am I suggesting you stop locking your home or car? Am I suggesting you use weak passwords for your digital accounts? Am I suggesting you stop paying attention to physical security? No.
But God & Christ are imploring us to put time, energy, and effort into ensuring that the things we work
towards protecting are the spiritual treasures we lay up in the life beyond. And that may only be
accomplished if we resist evil and ensure we are allowing the good into our homes, into our minds, into our hearts. The next time you lock your door, lock your phone, set an alarm, or sign in with a password, think about how you will do similar to keep evil out of your spiritual life.