Posts Tagged ‘purity’

  

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.” (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the rural south, High School football is king! When the Friday Night Lights go on, many communities shut down and become ghost towns. For a brief period in the fall, a whole community gathers in the bonds of brotherhood and school pride, making memories that last a lifetime. But great teams are made on Monday morning, not Friday night. 

In the Bible, ‘Sanctification‘ simply means to be set apart for God’s use and glory. Oswald Chambers describes our struggle to be set apart this way: 

“Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death…There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized—something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts.”

Just as great High School football players are fashioned in the heat and struggle of practice, so too are spiritual warriors created through the heated battle in their own souls. Allow your old nature to be conquered and you will see a better You be raised up for others to follow! Let your own light shine by fighting the personal fight to be holy every morning! You are loved today! 

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“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ NLT)

Ahhh, the Bahamas. The coastal attraction of the masses. Thousands flock to its sanctuary every year to escape the doldrums of life. Where else can you see such beautiful beaches, pristine waters, swimming pigs…wait! What?! Pigs?!

Apparently out on Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island, a population of aquatic swine have made headlines. There are various theories on how the wild pigs first got to the island, but they certainly thrive there. They’ve come to associate humans with food and are rumored to be quite friendly. Upon spotting an incoming boat, the pigs leap into the water and paddle over, hoping for a snack.

Pigs in paradise is an oddity. But apparently so is being a person of godly, moral character. We are to be different for a reason! Let Christ shine in you so that people are drawn to the difference of how you live! You are loved today! 

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Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” (Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭45-46‬ NLT)

As I stood in line at the pharmacy to get my kids’ flu medicine (yep, we got it), I wasn’t prepared for the “sticker shock” of good health. To get 2 prescriptions for 2 kids, the cost was almost $600! After much hyperventilating and head-scratching, I asked about my kids’ insurance; wasn’t it supposed to cover it?! After finding insurance proof, the total cost of childhood health was reduced to $20. Hmmmm, that makes for an interesting discussion for another day.

My kids are worth whatever price I have to pay. What’s $600 compared to life and death? The same must be argued about God, forgiveness, a home in Heaven, and blessings down here below. Is all of that worth the price of discipleship and right living? Can’t I be holy and have my cake too?!

There is no shortcut to being right with God. Priorities say that certain things are worth any price to us. Make sure that God fits into that category. A “generic” Jesus served only at convenient moments will leave you empty-handed when life lands on your head! Pay the price, it’s worth it! You are loved today!

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.” (Proverbs 10:9 NLT)

Following WWII, the KKK began having a resurgence in membership. When an undercover reporter couldn’t get anyone to hear his disturbing finds, he sent them to the writers of the Superman cartoon series. The “Clan Of The Fiery Cross” episode was aired, revealing many secrets and agendas, albeit with a little license. The end result is that Superman saved the day with his cartoon, causing Klan memberships to slump back down into a minor state again.

The Bible declares that if we are living right, then we have no fear of being exposed. It’s in those moments of weakness that leave us vulnerable. Freedom from exposure means living pure, not giving into fleshly cravings. This cannot be done on our own strength, but by daily coming to God for His help to overcome.

As you come to church today, be willing to let God take those areas out of your life. Your safety from exposure comes as you allow God to change your desires, from flesh to spirit. Then, by living clean, you’ll never fear being found out! You are loved today! Be free!

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God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NLT)

The average professional golfer practices 6-8 hours a day, practicing specific shots, as well as playing rounds of golf. While they know how to play and are certified to play at a professional status, they must maintain a lifelong habit of practice in order to stay at that level. For those that do, the payoff is both big and awesome.

In the Christ Life, once we’ve started our personal journey of faith, the work begins. We must daily learn about God through the Bible and good teaching. By spending time in two-way prayer, we are developing a stronger relationship. While we have that status of “Saved”, we must maintain our purity daily, making sure that as temptation comes, it does not have a chance to erode our strength.

To be good at anything, you must perform well by diligent practice. Our faith is no different. Take your time today to come into God’s presence. Daily practice leads to daily purity! You are loved today! (4/21/14)

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Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.” (Psalms 118:27 NLT)

In biblical times, the sacrifice was slain on an altar for sins, so that the owner of the animal could be pure before God. Nothing dies willingly, so the animal had to be bound down tightly so that it couldn’t escape. Once it was slain, it was then burned to ashes.

While Jesus was our Ultimate Sacrifice on the cross, we trek His footsteps sacrificially too. But self-will makes that difficult. You must be willing to embrace what the sacrifice represents: the burning away of sin, being made pure before God through loss or even hardship, being separated to God for His work. The pain is not physical affliction, but the death of desire, never realizing until after that God’s desires are always better & more rewarding.

Don’t try to escape! The Christ Life isn’t always easy, but no life really is. But it does let you live with greater satisfaction for life & with ALOT fewer regrets! Let God lead you willingly to cleansing streams of grace so that you truly change. You are loved! Have a great weekend!

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