Build Up Your Filter

Build Up Your Filter

During a recent Bible study at my church, one comment from the discussion has stayed with me. We were examining the importance of faithfully reading God’s word, as Paul instructs in Colossians.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)

We acknowledged that by having more of God’s word stored in our mind, we are providing the Holy Spirit more scripture He can bring to our remembrance when we need it. Our study leader mentioned that he sees reading the Bible as building a filter in your mind. This filter can be used to sift through the input that comes at us every day.

I love this image of a filter because it gives me such a clear picture in my mind. If we only read God’s word occasionally, then our filter has great big holes in it which could allow us to accept information as truth – even if it does not actually align with the Bible. However, if we read God’s word often, our filter can become finer and finer, allowing us to quickly sift out falsehoods as soon as we hear them. This is the type of believer that was praised for their zeal as described in Acts 17.

These [the Berean believers] were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. – Acts 17:11 (NKJV)

 This new outlook helps me to feel more energized about my daily Bible reading. I do not want to be fooled by the false teaching that is so prevalent in our daily world. Each morning when I open my Bible I can remember that I’m building up my protection against untruth. This is a great encouragement to me.