Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Path of Purity

- How can a young person stay pure (free from immorality)? By living according to God's Word. God's Word will guide young (and old) people on the narrow road of righteousness, help them navigate when they face obstacles and/or temptations, and teach them how to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Bible must be our life's manual and map. If you don't want to get lost in this life's journey, take heed to God's directions. We all need strength and wisdom from God and He provides them through His Word. The sooner the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom begins in a person, the better. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16) "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity...Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching, and to teaching." (1 Timothy 4:12-13)

- We need to seek God with all our heart and ask Him to help us not stray from His commands. God does the enabling part; we do the obeying part. We cannot live pure & holy lives apart from fellowship with God. Seek Him first.

- It's beneficial for us to study and memorize God's Word (hide it in our heart). God's Word occupying our heart and mind and permeating our soul will help us abhor sin and keep us from sinning against God. It will serve as a constant reminder and guideline for our thoughts, motives, words, and actions. Bibles may be taken away from us but this treasure (God's Word hidden in our heart) can never be taken away from us. The Scripture we've learned and memorized will be readily available whenever we need it. Remember what God says and practice it.

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