The water was so inviting, sparkling blue and clear, as I glided through my morning swim. I was fully enjoying the peaceful calm of silence as my ears slid under the water’s surface and blocked out any exterior noise. As I looked up into the sky, the clouds gently floated by, changing formations with each lap. What a perfect setting to have a conversation with my Lord. He had my full attention, and I was surrounded by the beauty He created.
The pool’s filter suddenly caught my eye. For such a large body of water, it really has a pretty insignificant presence, yet, if the filter’s not working…well, I’m not swimming in THAT pool. Without the process of the water entering into the filter system, being cleaned and balanced with chemicals, that pool is no longer going to be inviting to swim in. As a matter of fact, it’s going to be green, smelly, and filled with bugs!
We need God to be our filter. Our lives can represent a sparkling, beautiful swimming pool, or a disgusting, algae-filled mess! It all depends on our filter. Are we giving God access to every drop of water in the pool of our hearts? Are we inviting Him to re-circulate, cleanse, and bring into balance every area, so that others see a life that is “inviting”? Or do we try to only let some of our water run through His filter, and therefore, our lives look a little cloudy, and truth-be-told, pretty unhealthy. If a water test was performed on us to compare us to balanced, healthy water, there would be no hiding the impurities.
Our hearts need open access to God’s filter. Each one of us who have given our heart to Jesus have all the equipment we need to reveal a beautiful, pure heart…but only if we’re connected to God, allowing His Holy Spirit access to every motive, every thought, every action, every fear… every ounce of our being. Yes, this is loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Recognizing that He is all we need to purify our hearts and reflect the true beauty of a life He has permeated. Open your heart to His filtering process today, and you will receive blessings far greater than you can imagine.
Psalm 51:10 ~ “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
1 John 1:9 ~ “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
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