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Purity 101

Purity Starts Here

The first step

The first step toward a life of purity is admitting that you haven't and can't. Up to now, you haven't been pure--oh, sure, maybe you haven't had sex or committed other "big" sins, but compare your life to Jesus' life on earth. It was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). No dishonesty, jealousy, selfishness or lust--none! As some men nailed him to the cross while others mocked His pain, Jesus responded with forgiveness (Luke 23:34). Could you do that? You can wear a "WWJD" bracelet and try to copy His lifestyle of purity, but honesty requires you and I to admit that we haven't lived up to God's standards, and that we never will--in fact we can't. (See Romans 3:10-12.)

Why you can't do it alone

The reason that you and I feel so irresistibly pulled to sin is that we were born with a sin nature. Our sin nature is not God's fault, and the fact that sin comes naturally to us does not make it right in His eyes. Sin is a legacy handed down from our earliest ancestors--Adam and Eve. Romans 5:12 says that "by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Romans 3:23 says that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." In other words, neither you nor I can be good enough to earn God's approval or a one-way trip to heaven. You just can't do it alone. (See also Ephesians 2:3 and 1 Corinthians 2:14.)

How to turn the odds in your favor

What purity requires is the formation of a powerful alliance. "Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for (she) that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Want to win God's heart, but don't know how? The answer is in the verse above: come to God, believe in Him and then keep your eyes on Him and never look away! Romans 10:9 says that "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Saved from what? Saved from trying to impress God and defeat sin all on your own. You can form an alliance with the Creator of the universe and the Originator of all goodness-and with Him on your side, you go from "hopeless odds" to "already a winner!" (See Romans 8:31 and Ephesians 2:8.)

A new you

This is far more powerful than a New Year's resolution--I'm talking about a new you! The Bible says it's like being born again. After your alliance with God is sealed, you still have your sin nature--a.k.a. "the flesh." But now you also have a new nature, empowered by Christ's Holy Spirit that lives within you--a.k.a. "the Spirit." Now you're never alone. The Spirit desires purity, just as much as the flesh desires sin. So, while you won't be instantly perfect, you're on a different path. You can fellowship with God. You can ask for His help. Plus, your sin penalty (of eternal death) has been paid, and your one-way ticket to heaven purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. (See 1 Peter 1:23, John 3:3, and 2 Corinthians 5:17.)

 

The choice

Now you know what the Bible says, and you may even believe what the Bible says. Does that make things right between you and God? No. The Bible says that even the "devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). What makes things right between you and God is when you act on His promise. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). To make things right with God, you must tell Him that you believe in His Son and that you want His forgiveness and His love. It almost seems too simple to even make a difference, but God requires this step because it demonstrates to Him that you have made a choice. You have chosen to be called a child of God. (See Romans 8:15-17, Galatians 3:26 and Ephesians 5:1.)

Being like Daddy

If you talked to God today (prayer), asking Him to forgive you and give you His salvation, you have just taken the first step to being a purity girl! Now that God has adopted you, it's only natural for you to become more and more like your Heavenly Father. Hear His call to purity: "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:14-16). I can't give you a cookie-cutter plan to be holy by this time next year, but I can give you some great recommendations to start knowing your new Dad better.
     1) Set a special time to listen and talk to God. You can talk           to Him out loud or by writing out your thoughts,           questions and problems. Ask Him often if your life is           pleasing to Him. Ask if He wants you to do something           specific for Him today. Then, "listen" for a few moments           quietly. Often, you will be rewarded with a calm           assurance of His presence, and He may bring something           to mind that will help you. Some days, you may not           "feel" like He is there with you, even though He is. Don't           give up!
     2)  Another way to get to know God better is to read His           Word each day. I suggest you start in the New           Testament. Many people enjoy reading John, as it is           filled with constant reminders of God's love. Not only           will you learn what God is like, but as you become more           familiar with your Bible, God will also use His own           Words to "speak" to you throughout the day, bringing           them into your mind at specific times and for specific           reasons.
     3)  Find some other people who can encourage you as you           build this new relationship. These people may be your           own parents, adult church leaders/teachers or Christian           friends your age. Take advantage of the mix of people           who love Jesus that is available to you. God often           speaks to us through people who know Him well and           who are currently obeying Him to the best of their           ability. Look for these people.

My contact info

If you called on Jesus for salvation today, I would be thrilled to hear about it! Just click on this link and include your name and email address (if you have one). The Bible says that when someone gets saved there is a party in heaven (Luke 15:3-10), and I don't want to miss it!

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