Today I was looking at a milk cartoon and it said “passionate about purity”. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God”. The Bible also says,
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Phillipians 4:8
God is passionate about purity, but it is not the outward purity that matters the most, but it is the purity of the heart and the mind because Jesus said “first wash the inside of the bowl, then the outside” But it is important that people don’t commit sins that are indicated in the Bible, because God is a holy God. When the sewage system takes the local water source and it recycles the water that was once impure and it gets the toxins out of it. Then to further the purification process it probably should go through a more purified process so that it may be drinkable. The best tasting water is one that has been purified the most and it is probably the most expensive.
Jesus has made us pure through His blood, but we must be on guard with our minds and be alert to taking every thought Captive unto the Obedience of Christ. I once heard someone say that if you have a negative thought, just ignore it, but that is not healthy. Even a qualified psychologist will tell you that once you recognize a destructive thought, you recognize, remove, replace and repeat. Some Christians say that is not good to include psychology into the Christian walk, but the Bible does teach on what you are to think about, and some psychological principles tell you the how to think upon them, and the Bible does as well, so there is no harm in using psychological principles to train your main to develop the seeds of God’s Word and let it be made available to you when you need. These are the last days, and when the times are getting more and more difficult, and more and more wicked with each generation we must be careful to keep our minds undefiled from the world and we must know who we are in Christ, so when we are faced with lies we can replace them with what the Word of God says about our lives.
We know that “His thoughts are higher than our thoughts,” and “His ways are higher than our ways”. So we must pursue having thoughts that glorify Christ, and live out our lives to glorify Christ. Of course all of us each of one of us is imperfect, and must not be under the presumption that we are perfect people, and the we must measure up to a perfect standard, because none of us can become perfect, which is why we have been given the Holy Spirit, to make us perfect and to transform us more and more into the image of Christ.
I used to have a friend who was a bad influence on me in school, and I care for her and still do hoping that she’ll come into salvation, but she would tell me to “put my mind in the gutter”. Putting your mind in the gutter is the last thing you want to do, because you are exposing yourself to darkness, but thank God through His salvation, He brought me out of darkness and into light.
So if you have thoughts like “I want to commit suicide”, then remove that thought and say “I will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord.” Or if you are guilty then say, “There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, for those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Or if you are anxious, then say, “Do not let your heart be troubled.” Blessed is the man whose mind is steadied upon God. But we live in a fallen world with so many distractions, which are hard to avoid. So we must discipline ourselves, to capture every thought, and imagination, and cast it out, before it becomes foothold and a stronghold, and then overtakes us. So we cannot just accept these thoughts. These thoughts are a sign that there is something not right within our soul, and for our soul to operate properly it has to line up with the Spirit of God and to do God’s will and plan and purpose for our lives.
When you become closer to God, He starts revealing to you all the things and issues in your heart that you need to deal with, and let Him purify you of. You must be willing to let go of these things in your life. These can be things like jealousy, unforgiveness, anger, worry, and you must allow the Word of God, letting the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This is repentance. During this time it is important, that you remove all the idols from your life and anything that is keeping you from seeking Him in your life. That may mean that we may have to stop watching television preachers, and listening to other people who can only bring us down. The dangerous part about listening to certain television preachers, while they may be highly anointed men and women of God, and have a successful ministry, but they may not help you at the level that you are at, and help take you to the level you will want to be. This time you have to learn how to depend on God more, and to trust God more. Sometimes we get so discouraged that we listen to people that are “ear pleasers”, when sometimes what the Word of God says is harsh, even though Jesus Himself is not harsh, but His Word is stronger than a two edged Sword, even dividing to the soul and Spirit. With patience, and in His timing He will make all things known to you, through the Holy Spirit. Pray that the Holy Spirit reveal things to you in the Holy Spirit.
We all have toxins in our heart and our minds from before we were saved, and we must continue to guard our hearts and our minds, and to continue to walk in love and continue to keep our minds focused on Jesus and to preach the Gospel. During the refining process I encourage you to read the Word of God as much as you are able and to fully trust the Word of God, and what it says without reading to much into it, and trust it above your own heart sometimes, because your own heart (the one before you got saved) was deceitfully wicked, but now your heart is pure as long as you continue to pursue God and have your mind stayed on Him and remove all kinds of distractions away from your life. Believe me if you have not gone through some time of extreme difficulty, you will as a Christian, it is inevitable, but during those times, He gives us the grace that we need to handle life day by day. Remember to keep your hearts pure.
The word pure in the Greek is “Katharos”
It has signficant meanings:
2) in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
1) free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
2) free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
3) blameless, innocent
4) unstained with the guilt of anything
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for katharos (Strong’s 2513)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 18 May 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
– When the vine becomes pure it has to go through a pruning process, and it can hurt sometimes.
Purity and the vine which becomes pure:
It is free corrupt desire, from sin and guilt – there is real guilt, when you know what you have done goes against God’s Word, and then there’s false guilt which results in condemnaiton.
It is free from any admixture, or mingling, or twisting Scripture, and also from any lies, or deceit, or anything that is not genuine.
It is blameless, and innocent – You know when you are innocent of something. Some things you know you just did not do. Anything you do not know, Jesus, the High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, has paid the price for.
It is also unstained with sin and guilt. Notice it didn’t just say, “guilt”, it said “sin” and “guilt” so if the only sin was not believing, then most Christians would have nothing to feel guilty about because we all believe, but if we turn away from sin, by realizing that we are not condemned from that sin, but that we no longer identify with that sin, and that we are now new people, and we don’t need to hold on to that sin any longer. It’s ok when we fall sometimes because God will help us get right back up, but we have to choose not to get stuck in this destructive path for our souls, and choose to live a righteous life, even though we know that we are already righteous people, and in the same manner we need to choose to live pure lives, even though we have a blood bought right to purity.
God is Passionate about purity of our hearts and minds which when renewed can live out the purity in the flesh and cause you not to sin.