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Purity in Print

"…Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
Psalms 138:2

     The key to purity is the Bible. God's Word defines purity, but today God's Word is little read or understood. Most of your friends are probably more familiar with pop culture, Hollywood's version of right and wrong, than they are with God's standards of purity. As the knowledge of God's Word stops being handed down from generation to generation, culture degenerates to what is described in Old Testament times when "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6).
     When people make up their own rules, chaos results. While some sit back and say, "Let everyone do whatever they want…the only bad people are those who try to push their version of morality on someone else," others actively forward their beliefs: holding rallies, staging riots or even planning terrorist acts in an attempt to establish their version of truth. Many drown out this chaos through uncensored pleasure: reaping unplanned pregnancies, venereal diseases, abortions, public scandals, broken homes and displaced children. The Bible predicts the destiny of all these confused truth-seekers in Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
     Each person is not free to define her own truth. The definition of right and wrong was established by God before the world was created. He made it available to us by His Word. Psalms 12:6-7 says, "The words of the LORD are pure words…thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." As long as the Bible exists (forever), we have access to absolute truth.
     Even if your parents didn't teach you God's version of right and wrong, you can find it in God's Word for yourself. Reading God's Word and hearing it taught and preached are the essentials of learning purity…but just hearing it is not enough. James 1:22 says, "Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only."
     Imagine that you're on a date with a great looking, charming guy. After dinner, you excuse yourself to use the ladies' room. Looking in the large mirror, you're horrified to notice a huge, ugly, red zit has developed right on the end of your nose. You feel in your purse for your makeup case, but it's gone! You think that perhaps it slipped out at the dinner table or even in your date's car. "Oh, well," you think, "nothing I can do about it." Then you leave the bathroom, promptly forget about the zit, and enjoy the rest of your evening--except for wondering why your date keeps staring at your nose. Sound likely?
     Just as it would make no sense to forget about a


huge pimple, the Bible says that it makes no sense to hear God's rules of purity and then promptly forget what we have heard. Instead, we need to keep the memory of God's Word with us all the time. The way to do this is by memorizing and meditating on (repeatedly thinking over) what we've heard or read. While reading, if a verse stands out to you, highlight or underline it. Think about how it applies to your life. Try to remember it throughout the day. Try quoting it to someone else. These are ways to keep God's Word from ineffectively slipping "in one ear and out the other."
     Not only must we read and remember God's Word, but we must revere it as well. To revere God's Word means to honor it, respect it and love it. Psalms 119:140 says, "Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it." When we love God, we'll love His Word. When we love God's Word, we'll want to remember it and to live up to it's standards of purity.
     The final way that the Bible is the key to our spiritual success is by doing it. What we read on the printed page we must re-enact in our own lives. When we do what we've read, the Bible lives in and through us. People who would never pick up a Bible and read it see Jesus' words at work in our lives. We become purity in action. "Wherewithal shall a young (girl) cleanse (her) way? By taking heed thereto according to thy Word" (Psalms 119:9). Heeding God's Word means to hear and then obey.
     Reading God's Word, remembering it, reverencing it and re-enacting it are all our responses to God's Word. But the Bible is not just any book. We don't just respond to it--it responds to us, too. "For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible responds to us by knowing our weaknesses and providing power in the areas where we need it most. Just like the word spoke, "Peace, be still," in the disciples' hour of trial and panic, God's Word can rescue us in our hour of weakness or temptation. God's Word is our ally to cleanse us (John 15:3) and comfort us (Psalm 119:50, 1 Thess. 4:18). But it can only help us when we know it.
     If you're interested in purity, then you're going to need God's Word. Create a quiet, daily retreat where you can "hear" the Word speak to your heart. As you go about your day, try to put some small part of what you read into action. Let God's wisdom flow in and His power flow out as a result of you choosing to cleanse yourself daily in the purity of God's Word.

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