Clean Air

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There’s a new heat pump on the south end of the “preacher’s home.” I was there when the repair guys were pulling out the old one. The compressor died. It was no big surprise as all mechanical things fail, wear out, or break, sooner or later.

However, there was an unexpected bit of information waiting to be discovered. As the old unit was removed and the “innards” exposed to the light of day, the inside coil was about 80% blocked to airflow.

There’s an air filter to make sure that only “clean” air can get into the system, but the filter was being bypassed. The return air duct was leaking under the house and allowing unfiltered air into the air handler. Eventually it plugged up the coil and the compressor went “kablooey.” 

Take a look at the following quotes.

(Proverbs 4:23 KJV) “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

(Philippians 4:8 KJV) “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

These verses say something very important about what we allow to get into our hearts and minds. They also speak to the things that we think, feel and talk about.

If we think about, read, watch and listen to evil things, we should not expect our heart and mind to remain “uncontaminated.” Just like our home air conditioners, our minds and hearts need to be filtered. In order to be clean, they need to be protected from unclean things.

The very sad story of the flood begins with these words, (Genesis 6:5 NKJV) “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

It is foolish to think that the things that we and our families watch, read and play will not have any effect on us. Humans are designed to take in and process information, and children are like little sponges, sucking up everything they touch.

If we bypass the filters and load up our hearts and minds with trash, we should not be surprised if we suffer a spiritual heart attack.

Here is part of the clean air solution: (Psalms 19:14 KJV) “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Amen!

Tim Orbison
Maysville church of Christ
Gurley, AL

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