To be pure is to be clean; it is to be free of pollution and unadulterated. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." There is no such promise to those who are not pure in heart. This world is a very unclean place. We are swimming in filth up to our necks all the time. We are bombarded with pornography, profanity, blasphemy, and violence in everything we look at and listen to. There is no way to maintain a pure heart and mind unless we separate ourselves from the fountain of it all. If people who call themselves Christians do not start drawing some lines and backing away from all this social media and filth, this generation is going to be completely lost. "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord..." Flee from Sodom or you will die with them, and so will your children.
The whole chapter of Romans 6 demolishes the demonic lie that sovereign grace salvation is a license to sin. Paul could never have
written this one verse if this lie of the devil was true! Do you believe him? Does sin remain but not reign in your new life in Christ?
It is amazing how our thoughts affect our demeanor. Our thoughts can lead us to anger, sadness, bitterness, joy, peace, patience, etc. Think back last night. When you woke up, what were you thinking? Was it a good thought? A song? A nightmare? A worry? We spend much of our time trying to eat right, exercise, sleep enough, work more, etc. But how much time to we really spend thinking and praying to God? Doing things for others? Or are we just thinking about ourselves?
The tribal quarrel between Israel and Judah opens the door for a renewed rebellion led by a notable man of the tribe of Benjamin.
This is the Forty Third Sermon in the Series Kingdom, Dynasty and Glory; an exposition on the Second Book of Samuel.
Pursuing purity in your life including fleeing from sin. This means fearing God, looking away from images and scenes that lead to lust, eliminating known sources of temptation, and evading ungodly influences and compromising situations. Purity is worth the effort and shows your obedience to God.
Practicing Purity in a Pornified World1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 Philippians 2:12-13[Help others to practice purity.]Viewed in biblical perspective, sex is a good and natural part of our lives. After all, God created us as sexual beings. As fallen people, though, our culture has lifted sex as a god and condones any sexual practice. Pornography—which is so readily accessible—turns people into objects for personal gratification and cheapens the gift God has given us.The Bible calls us to be people of purity, people who reject sexually explicit materials in favor of God's pure standard. By our example of purity, we can help those struggling with pornography.
Paul had established the church in Thessalonica during his second missionary journey, about A.D. 50. While some Jews received his message gladly, others did not. A few incited a mob, accused Paul of acting against Caesar, and drove him out of town Acts 17:1-9. They even followed him to Berea and stirred up trouble there Acts 17:10-15. Later, out of concern for the believers in Thessalonica, Paul wrote a letter to the Thessalonians to encourage them in the faith. The letter included a discussion of the ethical demands of the gospel.It is a long, grueling, bruising battle, but it's the battle that every Christian is called to. I promise you, if we went around this room and if we trusted one another enough, for each of us to stand up and announce what our three greatest besetting sins were, there would be no one in this room who named a besetting sin and said that it was an easy sin to fight against. That's why it's a besetting sin.
2 Samuel 18:5-9 "And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.
6 ¶ So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;
7 Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.
8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
9 ¶ And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away."