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"
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
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.