Author: Brendon O'Dowd, USAF (Ret.)

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SCIF Access

When the words “Top Secret” are used, warriors know things are serious.  We don’t use those words lightly.  When we do use those words, we make every effort to protect the sensitive information.  One way we do that is by using a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).  SCIFs aren’t found next to the Commissary nor in the middle of military housing.  They are electronically and physically separated and secured to ensure only the right people have access.

Our hearts and minds should be treated like a SCIF.  Only the right people should have access and only the right information should be “stored” there.  Allowing unrestricted access to this secure location will lead to devastating effects on our well-being.

Do you need to beef up the security of your “heart-SCIF?”

Paul thinks we all do.  In Philippians 4:6-7, he addresses a church that had become weak and careless with their hearts and minds.  Anxiety dominated their thoughts.  So he tells the church, “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.”

Did you catch one of the key words in this passage?  Guard.  The term is used to describe a soldier who would safeguard important entry points, controlling who and what went in and out.  When we put our faith in Jesus, He is promising to provide heavenly-class security for our hearts and minds, so we don’t have to be ruled by fears and worries.  He encourages us to think about good and right things.  He helps us develop habits that make us spiritually, emotionally, and physically strong.

Prayer should include a request that Jesus guard our hearts and minds.  It’s a conversation with Him, talking about what’s important and good for us from His perspective.  It’s a connection to the only One who can truly protect our hearts.

Have you asked Jesus to guard your heart?

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