When you hear the word “filter” many things probably come to mind. There are filters for the car, the air conditioner, water, etc. By definition, the word filter means to pass something through a device to remove unwanted material. For the purpose of this blog, I want to focus on another type of filter---the Word of God. There are so many filters that we pass information through as we deal with issues in our life. There is the filter of our upbringing, our culture, educational background, past experiences, etc. We reach conclusions based upon how we filter the things we face. If we filter information the wrong way, the outcome will also be wrong. Try filtering your air conditioner or water through a dirty filter and see what you get. The same thing happens when we don't filter things appropriately through the Word of God. There are many issues that arise seeking our response including political opinions, social media frenzies, cultural changes and more. The goal is to filter the information through the Word so that any ungodly material is removed. It is easy to respond based on our own opinion, wisdom, experience, what others are spouting, etc. However, instead of being quick to respond, we must embrace the challenge to be slow to speak (or post!) and ask the question, “What does the Word of God say about this?” That takes away the conflict, the mystery and even the heated debates. The Word of God will direct us in everything that we face and provide an answer for every question. In order for the Word to accomplish this, we must plant it in our hearts and allow it to be the final authority in every situation. Psalm 119:130 declares, “The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” The spirit of compromise is so prevalent today that it is very easy to get caught up in the flow of the world. That is why in these days of worldviews filled with darkness, we must allow the Word of God to shine the light and guide us to Godly answers and solutions. The Word is our filter.
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
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