The Trojan horse, according to Greek mythology, was a large wooden horse built by the Greeks after they had spent quite a long time besieging the city of Troy in the Trojan wars.
Upon construction of this horse, the Greeks left a man behind to convince the leaders of Troy that they had surrendered and were leaving the giant horse behind as a gift. They then got on their ships and appeared to sail off.
The Trojans accepted the gift and wheeled the horse into the city. That night as everyone slept, select warriors who had been hidden in the recesses of the horse, got out and opened the city gates for the rest of the Greek army who had managed to sail back to the city under the cover of darkness.
Of course, the city fell.
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (KJV)
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)Proverbs 4:23
The connection between the Trojan Horse and Proverbs 4:23? Well in my mind, it’s more or less a graphic description of what happens when we lose guard and allow things that are seemingly innocuous (but are actually harmful) to slip past our defenses, and into our minds.
Most people know to screen out major sources of temptation and not allow negative vibes into their minds. But sometimes, viruses hiding in that sensual movie, or friendly jesting, or in the terrible news that keeps on replaying on our screens, somehow manage to make it past our filters and embed themselves in our subconscious.
The sad thing is, we sometimes never find out that these things are hiding in us until the times when we’re at our weakest and need to be at our strongest. And at these points, it is usually too late to do anything about it, as your defenses have to do the almost impossible job of warding off an attack from without, and within.
As your mind knows you better than anyone else, attacks from within are almost always impossible to defend against, unless there’s divine intervention (which, unfortunately, the people of Troy didn’t have).
According to the Trojan Horse story, the leaders of Troy were warned against accepting the gift. It’s the same way the Holy Spirit will warn the believer of these kinds of sublime “sleeper-cell”-like attacks. But sometimes, because we don’t want to be the ‘party-pooper’, or we feel like we can ‘handle it’, we fail to heed these warnings.
Dear Believer, now more than ever, guard your heart with all diligence. Surround your heart with the word of God. Stay sensitive.