Minimize ExposureSteward Godwin Jornsen
Life is full of danger; it is your place to ensure that you are fully protected. One guaranteed way of staying safe and secure is by minimizing exposures. God wants us to be safe; he gave us the wisdom to think effectively, so we do not make ourselves victims.
Social Media Exposure
When you put out so much of your personal information and life on social media, you give details of your life to fraudulent people that want to take advantage of you. Armed with this relevant information, they know your itinerary, locations, friends, weaknesses, hobbies, choices and your language. These are just enough to help anyone that wishes to plot against you.
2 Kings 20:13-15. Can you access how much personal information that you have put in the public and on social media?
There are aspects of your home you must keep safe and personal. It is not wise to open your doors to just anybody. There is a reason your car has doors, and your homes have doors. Keep them close when possible. Be attentive to where you drop your items like your phones, handbags and wallets. Even when you think you have nothing useful in them, you might have unknowingly carried a code, a PIN, a secret document or even a Card in it somehow.
On a scale of one to ten, can you measure your security consciousness?
Exposing your body to just everything is dangerous. 1 Corinthians 6:12. Water should not fill our lungs; sugar, through junk drinks, should not be in excess in our blood; you should not expose your eyes to too much light. 1 Corinthians 6:12; Proverbs 25:16. You can expand this list to contain many things that we should not let into our bodies in excess or at all. During the pandemic, the CDC and NCDC required that you wear a face mask to limit your exposure to the virus. Have you seen smokers, do you think they are exposing themselves to dangerous substance? How many carbonated drinks did you take last week? Do you sleep under a net or expose yourself to mosquitoes? Do you personally observe Covid-19 protocols to help curb the spread of infections?
Life usually bruises us badly and deeply. These leave lasting wounds in us that we tend to revisit every time. The more we expose ourselves to thoughts and memories that hurt us, the deeper the scars become. What are some of the things that hurt you when you remember them or think about them? How do you plan to handle these difficult memories?
Jesus, in scriptures, Matthew 5:27-28, warned us against lust. Lusts are thoughts and imaginations geared towards triggering fleshly satisfaction. A man’s thinking system could be very deceptive and dangerous. God’s word tells us to cast down deadly thoughts and imaginations. 2 Corinthians 10:5-7. That means you should not expose your minds to all thoughts and imagination – especially those that go against the knowledge of Christ Jesus. What kind of thoughts do you wrestle against daily? How do you handle negative imaginations? Do you have a pattern for resisting temptations that creep into your mind?
You are to protect yourself from sin and demons. Your spirit man is to be made pure and holy at all times. You can only do that by exposing yourself totally to Christ. Hebrews 4:16. In God’s word, Jesus is the only person we are to behold without restrictions. We are to come to his presence boldly with opened faces. 2 Corinthians 3:18. There is no need for pretence and cover-ups. We are safe in his holy presence. However, we must be protected against sin and Satan; therefore, God’s word encourages us to put on the whole armour of God.
How often do you study God’s word? The shield of faith comes from God’s word; the helmet of Salvation is the product of faith, and his inspirations forge the breastplate of righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16. How can a young man cleanse his ways? Psalm 119:9. Why do we have scriptures? You can see how all these work together to protect us and why we as believers devote more time seeking after God’s word. The more we know God’s word, the more we become protected from the things that are most likely to destroy us.
Do you have a Bible Study plan? You can use the Daily Devotions from the Mind Workshop Android app? Visit www.ihnbc.com to find study resources and insights? Share the knowledge of the scripture with others? When was your last evangelical gathering and fellowship when you discussed the bible with two or more people in a group?