October 24 – Enemies Inside the Wall


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“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”     –King Solomon

The Great Wall of China is the largest and most ancient structure in the world.  It was constructed over the span of thousands of years and measures some 5,500 miles in length.  Although it seems to be an impregnable barricade, it has been breached by enemies on three separate occasions. The infiltration of the enemy was realized not by breaking down the wall or going around it, but rather by bribing the gatekeepers.

Commenting on this historical fact, Dr. Harry Fosdick said, “It was the human element that failed. What collapsed was character which proved insufficient to make the great structure men had fashioned really work.”

The enemy always has greater access when character is compromised.  We can build grand monuments with our lives in hopes of impressing others, but if we fail to maintain the integrity of our hearts, we are susceptible to defeat.  Solomon said, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).  It doesn’t matter how big you are, or how strong you may appear on the surface; if the gatekeeper of your heart is weak, the enemy will always find a way in.

Daily Reading: Luke 4-5

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