Depending upon the quality of your air conditioner and furnace unit, air filters need to be replaced as soon as thirty days or as long as six months. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent. Meanwhile, furnace filters should be changed every two to three months depending upon the size of your filter. Whether you live in an apartment, condo or home, basic upkeep is essential to prolonging your appliances.
We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5.
The Bible refers to a different kind of filter. According to the apostle Paul, the human mind is a spiritual filter. Whenever a thought enters your head, God has given individuals the ability to stop evil from corrupting your body. Before I became a Christian, I was oblivious to the concept of angels, demons and the powers of darkness. Yet, the more that I read the Bible, the more I understand the importance of replacing your filter by making every thought obedient to Christ. This is accomplished by memorizing and meditating upon verses of the Bible to prevent evil from persuading souls to give into temptation.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places, Ephesians 6:12.
While the media attempts to convince the world that certain individuals are the enemy, the apostle Paul corrects the record in the passage above. Sure, there will always be people that rub you the wrong way by getting under your skin. Yet, the Devil uses physical opponents to suppress any joy that you may have in your heart. This is why replacing your spiritual filter daily with biblical principles, God’s promises and truth is essential. The next time strange thoughts catch you off guard, replace the filter in your mind with the Word of God. May this practice renew and transform your mind, Romans 12:1-2.
by Jay Mankus