No Filters

A filter for a picture is something that looks good, but distorts what the actual image was supposed to be. And while it’s one thing to use a filter on a picture, it’s another thing to allow filters to cover your life.

Our sin is like a filter–it makes us miss who God has created us to be. When the filters begin to build up in your life, it gets harder and harder to see through them to the real you. They make us into something we’re not.

1 John 2:15-17–Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

What good does it do if we let the filters decide who we are and how we’re going to live, instead of discovering our God-given purpose and identity?  The world only offers us temporal things, and while not everything in the world is bad, they can be if we put them over God in our lives.

Faith can be scary, but without it we can’t see who our Creator made us to be. In order to remove the filters, the things that define us outside of God, from our lives, we have to have faith in who He says we are. Faith looks through the filters to the real you–but you have to be willing.

Jesus knew exactly who He was–He didn’t allow the filters people tried to place on Him to define Him. He set the example for us–we don’t have to give in and let those around us place filters on our lives. We can have secure faith in Him as our leader and liberator. He can set us free from whatever filters are distorting us; all we have to do is trust in Him.

Watch my teaching introducing our next series “No Filters”.

3 Replies to “No Filters”

  1. Thank you, Clay for sharing this meaningful entry, and for each of the “sermon recap” on your blog. I read each one and find entries so meaningful and vital living for Jesus Christ in a sin-filled, dark world. Can you also post these entries on your Facebook page so they can be shared? You are in my daily prayers. I pray for God`s rich blessings and favor on you and on Barefoot Church. I have never attended a worship service at Barefoot, but am so blessed and inspired by the revivial that God has birthed at Barefoot.

    God Bless,

    Brian Allison

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