From the Pastor's Desk

A lot of the strict security measures in airports came into place after the 9/11 terror attack on the USA, when four planes were hijacked and almost 3,000 people lost their lives. Since then, the statistics show that plane hijackings have dramatically decreased. In the year 2000, there were almost 26 hijacking incidents. After 9/11, there were 10 in 2002, nine in 2003, four in 2004, and only one in 2005. That's a 96% decline in five years. It seems highly likely that this dramatic decrease is at least partly due to the heightened security checks and stricter rules on what you can take onto a commercial flight.

The kingdom of darkness is in the business of hijacking people's minds. So many minds have been hijacked and are heading for destruction, all because of poor security checks at the eye gate and the ear gate. If you don't want your mind hijacked by the enemy, you have to apply strict security checks at these vital entry points. The eye and ear gates are the two main pathways into the heart and soul of an individual. Solomon knew this, and that's why he admonishes us to guard our hearts. "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" (Prov. 4:23).

Guarding your heart involves keeping a strict, vigilant, and close watch on what you're letting in. It's more challenging to get the enemy off the flight once he's already on board and the plane is airborne. You cannot have a low standard at your gates and not expect hijackings in the air. There is a massive difference between a rigorous security system that occasionally fails and lets an illegal item slip through, and a weak to non-existent security check that will allow just about anything in.

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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