Guarding our Emotions
We must also guard our emotions. While God most often appeals to our wills through reason, Satan usually appeals to us through our desires. Yes he attacks our reasons to confuse and cloud the issues, but that’s to enable him to conquer us through our desires. Each of us should be aware of how sin attacks us and take preventive action.
Paul told Timothy to “flee the evil desires of youth” in 2 Timothy 2:22.
But we must also take the offensive. Paul, in Colossians 3:1 tells us to set our hearts on things above. That is - on spiritual values. The Psalmist in Psalms 1:2 tells us to delight in the law of God. We have to work at directing our desires toward God’s will.
Sometimes you have to read and re-read something, not for clearer instruction, but for motivation!
The stories of Daniel, Nehemiah, Elijah, Abraham, Joseph, Noah and David can motivate us to live lives more pleasing to God.
So to summarize; we are to guard our minds and emotions, be aware of what influences our minds and stimulates our desires and stay in God’s Word to direct and motivate us.