Posts Tagged ‘Purity

31
Oct
17

The Vow Of Purity

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the fourth message in our series from LifeChurch in Oklahoma, “The Vow.” This message is based on Genesis 3:1-15.

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06
Feb
15

What It Takes To Be Pure

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I’ve read an interesting tidbit about the ermine.  It’s fur is white as snow and it has often been used as a symbol of purity because it would rather die than get dirty.  The way that one catches an ermine is to coat the opening to its den with grease.  When they are chased by dogs and hunters, they refuse to go into their den because the grease would cause it to get dirty.
Paul tells Timothy to keep himself “pure” in verse 22.  We should do the same.  We should keep ourselves pure like the ermine keeps its coat pure.  What are you willing to do to be holy?  God calls us to a life of purity and holiness.  We are told to be holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
We need purity and holiness in the things we say.  Unholy language should not come from holy lips.  We need purity and holiness in the things we think.  From our hearts and minds come our actions and words.  If we strive for holiness in our thoughts, our words and actions will be more holy.  That means protecting ourselves from the filth of this world.  We need purity and holiness in our actions, too.  We need to take a good hard look at our habits and sins and determine the next steps we need to take to eradicate them from our lives.
The first step is to confess them to God.  Let His forgiveness wash over you like a hot shower after a long day.  The next step is to surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit does the work of sanctification and desires to make us holy.  Let Him do the work of conviction when it comes to our sins.  The third step is to read and study God’s Word.  If we want more of Jesus in our lives, we need to turn to the Bible for it is in Scripture where we find the story of Jesus.  Finally, the fourth step (which may be the hardest) is to walk away from temptations when they come our way.  If you’re tempted to sin by the people with whom you associate, then get new friends.  If you’re tempted to sin because of a routine or a route you take on the way home from work, change up your routine.
The point is that we should do whatever it takes to protect our hearts and souls.  We need to be pure and holy because God is pure and holy and He calls us to be like Him.
1 Timothy 5:22-25 (NIV)

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

08
Jan
15

Victory By Faith and Purity

Paul tells Timothy to hold “on to faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:19, NIV).  He says that this is how you “fight the battle well” (vs. 18).  Holding on to faith means that we are committed to the Christian faith – its doctrines as revealed in the Word of God.  Holding on to a good conscience means to live a pure life, according to pastor John MacArthur.
We are in a battle.  We battle not against people (flesh and blood – Ephesians 6:12, NIV), but rather against the enemy of our souls.  The enemy will use whatever tactics he can to try and trip us up and ensnare us.  If we study God’s Word and know it, we can fight back against the devil’s trickery.  If we have a clean conscience, we know that the accuser has nothing against us.  No one will believe a bad word about us if we live good lives.  The Holy Spirit will lead us in the battle and will give us the victory through faith and by the power of God’s Word.  This victory does not come through our strength or power.  It is only by faith in the power of God and His grace.  Jesus gives us the victory over the evil one.  Don’t try to fight against him on your own!  Study your Bible and pray, pray, pray for God’s blessing of victory.  Then, when victory over temptation and sin comes, give God the glory for it.
1 Timothy 1:18-20 (NIV)
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.



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