Your Filtering Option
April 9, 2012by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassador and author of It’s Never Too Late
Most of us are concerned about the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. We use filters on our heating and air conditioning units in an attempt to remove impurities from our air. We place a filter on our kitchen faucet to purify our drinking water. And according to one report, we Americans spend 9.3 billion dollars on bottled water to insure that our water is as pure as possible.
To protect our automobiles and other machinery we operate from impurities, we install gas, air, oil, and transmission filters.
We do the above because we have learned that damage can be done to our bodies and machinery when our air and other fluids become contaminated with the impurities of our world.
While all this is good and proper, the Scriptures tell us that we also need a filter for our minds, which are constantly bombarded with thoughts of this world (Philippians 3:19). Solomon challenges us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23).
We are also reminded, that “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Prov. 27:19). “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34).
It is important that we keep the filter, which God has provided in place on our minds to protect our minds. This filter is found in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Psalm 119:9 asks a great question: “How can a young man keep his way pure?” The answer is given in verse 11: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” While God has provided the way to protect our minds from the contamination that would defile them, it is up to us to be sure the filter provided is in place and working.
Do you use this God-given filter for your mind?
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