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To Filter or Not to Filter?

“Do you have a water filtration system for your home?” the colorful advertisement in the magazine queried.

No, but I have a filtration system for my life and it is the Word of God! 

I do not want my spiritual life to become debilitated due to personal or cultural influences that are hazardous to my spiritual health.  So, I must filter everything through God’s Word.  I must submit the emotional and everything else to the Biblical.  My emotions can lie to me, but the Bible never lies to me.

To use this spiritual filtration system, I must read and study God’s Word for myself, like the noble Bereans did.  The book of Acts tells us “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined Scriptures everyday to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).

God can handle my questions, my expressions of frustration, disappointment, anger, pettiness, and peevishness when I put them through His filtration system. 

Never will I leave you never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

God’s Truth is a filtration device that can clean out the pollution caused by our worries and fears.

Lord, cleanse me and make me a clean, useful vessel for You.

Claudia Jackson 

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