Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Discipline of Purity

I believe that sensuality is the biggest obstacle to godliness among Christian men.

The fall of King David should not only instruct us, but it should also scare the hell out of us!

David took his eyes off of the prize and it cost him dearly.

The cure is walking in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1-13

Galatians 5:16, 25

Ephesians 2:3  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

In other words, we don’t live that way anymore, because we are new creations in Christ.

 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Quote Five to Stay Alive: Memorize passages like:

Job 31:1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

Proverbs 6:20-29

Ephesians 5:3-7 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;  (4)  and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.  (5)  For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  (6)  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  (7)  Therefore do not be partakers with them;

2 Timothy 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Find someone who will help you keep you faithful to your commitment.

A pure mind is impossible if you mindlessly watch TV and movies or visit pornographic web sites.

1Thessalonians 4:3-7  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication (immorality): (you can’t do that if you are constantly allowing yourself to be bombarded with temptation!)(4) That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; (in other words, it is your responsibility. God will not make you be holy, but you will never be more anointed than you are holy!) (5) Not in the lust of concupiscence (lustful passion), even as the Gentiles which know not God: (6) That no man go beyond (take advantage) and defraud his brother in any matter: (when we are immoral, we take advantage of and defraud the other person) because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. (7) For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

We need to develop a divine awareness that sustained Joseph and caused him to say, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).

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