The Apple Of God's Eye

May 10, 2010

Use Your Sin Filter

God has given the true Christian a very effective filter against sin. We wear it continually and are to use it to bear up to the standard of God. One of the ways we do this is through immersing ourselves in the word of God. That way we recognize when sin creeps into our life. Obviously we want this filter to be as tight as possible, allowing no penetration of impure materials.

Looking into scripture, we can find the things that filter out evil:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8)

None of these things dwell on anything that is against the law of God, and therefore all are spiritually pure.

But what if sin does get into our life? Obviously none of us are perfect, so we will need a way to clean our filter. God provides that way in  John 7:38-39:

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

Picture a river flowing smoothly along. It carries with it dirt and impure particles, depositing these elsewhere. The Holy Spirit is pictured here also as rivers of living waters flowing through us and cleaning our filter thoroughly.

If we know our Bible, we understand that God hates sin. To him, it must be a stench as repugnant as a vile physical odour is to humans. Another way to cleanse is through Bible Study. Phil. 4:8 really speaks of the things the Bible explains to us. All these are pure, honest, just, of good report, etc. We use the power of the holy Spirit to keep the stench of the world out because we know (through God’s word) what we are to do.

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