Your Ears Are Your Faith Gates
There are many gated communities throughout the United States. Typically, mostly uppermiddle class and wealthier people live in these neighborhoods. In addition to their home securitysystems, living in a gated community is another way for these people to prevent thieves from
stealing what they‟ve worked so hard for in life. Unless you have the entry code or provide the
correct information to the security, you will not be allowed to enter the neighborhood.Similarly, you have to treat your ears like security gates that are protecting you from thegarbage that tries to enter your mind. To do this, you must analyze what you're listening to on adaily basis especially the background noise in your office, home and car. How many times haveyou turned on the television while you cleaned house, worked on your computer or had dinner
with your family? Most people don‟t realize that their unconscious mind is focusing on that
background noise and taking in every negative word.Not only are you unconsciously feeding your mind garbage, studies have shown that childrengrowing up in an environment where the television is always on may suffer in speechdevelopment and social interaction. If you have to have something playing in the background at
all times, wouldn‟t it make more sense to turn on some inspirational music or pop in a
motivational CD or DVD? Reach up and grab your ears. Yes, this sounds silly but do it anyway.Grab your ears. As you see, they are att
ached to your body and you own them. It‟s time for you
to exercise your ownership rights and decide what you allow to enter your ears.
Romans 10:17 says “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word.” If you are constantly
hearing negative conversation, depressing news on television, etc., then how do you expect toreceive the faith that you will need to achieve your Why in life? Your ears are not only likesecurity gates that keep the negativity out, but also your faith gates that allow the positivematerial into your ears that will build faith in your heart.
I have a huge high definition television on my desk. However, I don‟t watch the news or any
other negative nonsense on it. I turn up my surround sound and watch inspirational stations.
That‟s right…I have teachers like Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Rod Parsley, John Hagee, Joel
Osteen, Creflo Dollar and Eddie Long pumping through my speakers twenty four hours a day.
Even when I‟m on coaching calls or writing at my desk, I have motivati
onal messages lightlyplaying. I am flooding my faith gates with positive, empowering messages.I was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and my wife was raised in rural Tennessee. Ihave a very strong New York accent and she sounds like she just walked off a farm. Why?Because we were raised by parents with the same accents and grew up around others thatsounded just like us. Your accent comes from what you hear from birth through yourdevelopmental stages of childhood. Basically, the sounds that we heard as children eventuallyflowed freely from our mouths. Our early opinions and ideas about the world are also formed bywhat we heard from our family and friends.
This doesn‟t simply stop once we reach adulthood. Whatever or whoever you are
listening toeveryday will determine who you are as a person. It also determines the level of faith in yourheart. Remember, faith comes by hearing. If you are constantly speaking gloom and doom andhave no idea how you could possibly achieve your dreams in life, then take a good look at whoand what you are listening to.
I‟ll be very direct. It irritates me when I meet people that proclaim to be professionals in the
personal development industry, but negative words flow out of their mouths like water ragingover Niagara Falls. Their words do not match what they claim to be.
I‟ve devoted my life to
assisting others with achieving success, and I focus daily on my Why in life. With that known,would it make any sense for me to go throughout my day complaining, moaning and groaning?
No, that‟s foolish. But so many people do just that. They claim to be one thing and then act like
another.This clearly proves that what goes into your ears comes out of your mouth. I doubt those samepeople are listening to inspirational, motivational material on a daily basis. I doubt they even