Fresh Hope – 24th August 2016

I didn’t realise when we bought our first American fridge freezer (that’s just the name of the appliance – not where we bought it from) that you had to have it plumbed into the water mains; on top of that you have to fit a special water filter to the pipe work which no one ever gets to see.

The filter system provides perfectly filtered water from the water dispenser at any time day or night – no more continually filling a water filter jug several times a day.

Every six months, a warning light appears on the front of the fridge to let you know that it’s time to change the filter. The filters are not only expensive but changing them requires effort and time. I’m probably just the same as everyone else, but I have to confess that I wait for the warning light to annoy me sufficiently before I make the change, which is usually about a month after the light comes on.

Purity is something that you not only have to give attention to in your own life – it’s something that you have to actively fight for too.

I have discovered that one of the greatest ways of maintaining a pure life is to be accountable to others that you respect around you.

The people that I’m talking about will be usually further ahead and carry a greater level of maturity than you, although they will not always be older than you.

Accountability operates like a filtration system. If you’re unsure about something or if you find yourself in a difficult position that may compromise you, then by talking it over with a trusted friend, you are in effect passing your thoughts through their filtration system of wisdom and sound advice.

The benefit from accountability is that you get shielded from making unwise decisions and the decisions you do make are pure because of the process.

Accountability also means that you get warned when others watch you going head long into an unwise decision.

Don’t go it alone today, spending the rest of your life regretting the poor choices you’ve made, instead select some great people in your life to help filter out your impurities.

Life is better together.

Proverbs 15 v 22 – Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 4:5-6 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

Pastor Mark

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