Thursday, July 21, 2016

Purity

Purity
“The wisdom from above is first pure”- James 3:17.
Our moral values are in free fall. Purity has become a laughable term. Roving eyes spot bare flesh anywhere it is exposed. We see so many men with impeccable records astonish us with their secret indulgences.
We Christians, and especially ministers, have to get our acts together morally. We can’t prevent all the failures in the area of moral purity, but surely we can storm the tide. Like the woman who carried a flyswatter in her home for years so that she could kill the flies that constantly flew through the open windows. Her son finally suggested the she put screens on the windows. Screens don’t guarantee a “no fly” environment, but they can sure cut down on the number that do get in. We must take the same action to filter out impurity. Too many of us have already permitted impurity to go too far.
Purity is the Christians generational legacy, but impurity will stain your life forever, as it did for David, Israel’s great.
I once heard someone say, “you can’t keep the devil from flying over your head, but you can keep him from building a nest in your hair.” There are ways to maintain purity in our lives. Let’s see what purity is and how we can maintain it.

What is Purity?
Purity refers to the inward control of  fleshly lusts, thoughts, and actions. It means “unmixed,” a state of being without compromise. It means “uncontaminated,” free from outside corruption. It’s interesting that when something is pure, it is called “unadulterated.” We desperately need some unadulterated Christians.
Paul said, “to the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.” (Titus 1:15)
Samson in the Bible, made little compromises that paved the way for his big collapse eventually with Delilah. “It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.” (Solomon 2:15) It’s the little compromises that we make with temptations that can ultimately trap us into immoral actions. We must make it our highest priority to walk in purity.
Impurity starts with our thoughts. If thoughts become a problem, how then can we control them? It is quite impossible in today’s world to not see images, exposures, or opportunities that become fuel to fire up lusts of the flesh. The power of the Holy Spirit within us can control lust. Our bodies (mind included) are His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19), and He stands ready to spring into action on our behalf against lustful thoughts.
The Holy Spirit is a constant filter and helper. We can have self-control over the lusts of the flesh that activate through inflaming thoughts. We can call on His name (“Holy Spirit”) under our breath the moment any impure image or thought enters our consciousness. He will quickly extinguish that passion or thought, much like a water pistol will douse a flaming candle.
Satan has a full arsenal for injecting lustful thoughts daily. We must not permit him to dump his garbage on our front yard. “Whatever is pure - - dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) God wants the story of your life to end well!


Pastor Amundson