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How to Filter Your Faith

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Reflect. Reassess. Realign.

Because the month of May is a season of celebration for me (my son’s birthday and Mother’s Day), over the years it’s timing has forced me to reflect but also use the opportunity to reassess and realign.

Reflect on the consequences of my past decisions. They are the perfect teacher.

Reassess my current situation. Good or bad, it is the optimum environment for my growth.

Realign my plans with God’s future. Random and kingdom never work well together.  

Reflect. Reassess. Realign.

Why bother?

Because we have to protect what is ours.

Filtering Your Faith

Protecting what is yours - the grace, gifts, resources, people, anointing, assignment - takes work. In my book, I called the practice filtering my faith:

The long days and nights of 2020 forced me to take survey and begin a process I call, “filtering my faith.” “Filtering” was my process for removing the spiritual clutter (i.e., things, people, time kills, sin) in my life. The timing was perfect for me to clean house. It gave me something purposeful to focus on when the writing didn’t come easy. Looking back, I had no idea just how crucial clearing the debris would be when it came to maintaining my truth in this season. I just knew whatever surrounded me that was not of God had to go.

Filtering your faith often requires more purging than we are willing to do.  Do it anyway. Be honest with yourself. Look yourself in the eye through the mirror of your life and ask,

Does my life represent the faith I say I have?

If not, what is keeping me from a life full of faith?

Room to Breathe

Faith is not a pack rat.

It’s not a hoarder.

It needs oxygen.

It needs room to breathe.

So, how do give your faith a fresh wind?  Try this exercise. List all the tasks, people, and responsibilities currently impacting your life. Then ask yourself two questions:

Does this help me and/or your kingdom to GROW?

If you are dismissing opportunities to increase your spiritual capacity by limiting your interactions or the use of your gifts to avoid a negative response, it may be time for a purge. Who or what is not helping you to grow could be hurting you.

Does this motivate me to GO?


You mad? Move.

Just because someone or something does not position you for growth doesn’t mean it has no value. The problem they create could be your queue to act.

You are not here to take up space. You are here to solve a problem in the earth, but even on our best day we need the inspiration to do so. I believe the best form of inspiration is agitation.

You aggravated? You searching for a solution? Tag, you’re it.

A Weed or A Seed

Whatever is surrounding you that is not of God has got to go.

Nurture the seed or cut the weed. Anything contrary to you nurturing the seed (grow) or cutting a weed (motivation) is cluttering up your faith. Time to clear the debris and give the influential wind, the “pneuma” of the Holy Spirit room to breathe trusting him to do what you cannot.

Reflect. Reassess. Realign. It’s time that your life represent the faith you say you have.

Time to create a filtered faith.

A faith that moves mountains.

A faith that makes a difference.

Good, clean faith.  

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Phillipa Williams has dedicated her life to building God’s kingdom. A former programs director for new member and Christian education with over 36 years’ experience in leadership and discipleship, she has equipped thousands to serve God and community.

She is the Founder/CEO of GOD n Me International, a faith-based social enterprise equipping and inspiring others for spiritual intimacy, transparency, and destiny. Her blog,, was named one of the "Top 10 Black Christian Blogs, Websites, Newsletters To Follow in 2019“ by In Spring 2022, Phillipa published her first book, GOD 'n You: Finding Your Place in Forever. She also completed the licensing and ministerial requirements at the Potter's House School of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.

An advocate for women and children, Phillipa founded and serves as Executive Director of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.. ilooklikeLOVE works to eradicate early childhood poverty through diaper assistance and capacity building for new mothers.


She is the proud parent on one adult son, Kenneth.

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