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Our soul, which is our mind (thought processes), intellect, will and emotions, is affected by what our physical senses signal to us. We could call these senses “gates” or gateways.” What our senses “feed” us impacts how we feel, think, and act. It is important what we process and how the “input” affects us.

A very important input comes through our “ear gate.” Some things we hear from our environment we have no control of that input, but if it is bad, then we can modify it. For example, if we hear someone use a curse word, we can “replay” that dialogue in our head and substitute a non-vulgar word for the vulgar one. The non-vulgar word becomes the input. That is the technique I used throughout my lifetime. It kept my speech wholesome and without any profanity. I never would let overheard profanity stay in my head. I used this substitution (replacement) method. It enabled me to this day to never ever use profanity.

A very important ear gate input is the music to which we choose to listen to. Music heard often tends to resonate in our head and affects our spirit and our soul. Sometimes a song heard or mentioned in the evening is playing in our head the next morning.

There is a lot of unwholesome music in the world. Choose wisely. Choose something good that you can sing along with, even if only in your head and heart. Singing it, whether out loud or silently is uplifting.

Ephesians 5:18-20 says, “…be filled with the Spirit, speaking (singing) to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God…” When your ear gate hears the right kind of music, it helps your spirit lift up praise to God in song. Holy Spirit can fill your heart with joy.

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