Love you all, praying for you.
I just love God’s Word. It tells you what is true, and right and pure. What is purity? Unmixed. Absent of any matter of a different nature, clean. How do you walk in purity? (First, you have to be Saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit – if not, you have no chance against the sin nature, you are controlled by it. You need those two first. If you’re Saved and Filled, it’s the starting point of your victory! But not a 100% guarantee. God will surely do His part, but there is a part that’s up to do. God doesn’t make all the choices for you – He just gives you the power to make the right ones. You choose. So how to walk in purity… #1 Soak your mind in God’s Word. Marinate. Psalms 119:9 - How can a young man cleanse His way, by taking heed according to your Word, your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” You have to read it to heed it. Just because you read it, doesn’t mean you’ll heed it… but it increases your chances exponentially. PRISM, and PRISM Topics will help you! #2 Direct your thoughts, don’t let your thoughts direct you. Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature, (Rom 13:14), Instead, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, praiseworthy and excellent – think on these things (Phil 4:8) Tell your thoughts what to do, and only do that. #3 Know where you fall, and don’t go there. You know the situations where you will fall into temptation… Hanging out with your foul-mouthed friends – that stuff will start coming out of your mouth. Or like the young man, at dusk, walking down the street near her house. (Prov 7:9) Two things you have to be careful of, dusk, and her street. Don’t go anymore to places where you could fall. #4 – Move Your Feet. Sometimes - the temptation comes to you, even if you don’t’ go looking for it. Move Your Feet - Like Joseph. If you stay here, you’ll be swept away by the flood. Get to higher ground. Now! Why are you still staring at me? Move Your Feet. Like the angel – grabbed Lot and his family by the hand, This is urgent – you are moments away from destruction. (Genesis 19:16). Go run a mile, or do wind sprints – leave this environment. Move Your Feet! #5 Phone a Friend. If worst comes to worst, phone a friend. “I’m struggling, pray for me.” “No, you’re not struggling, you’re entertaining the idea of sin, rather than ejecting it, your “fear of God” valve is broken. Your friend can help encourage you with a loving kick in the rump… But if you’re not willing to move your feet, and do what God told you to do in this hour – don’t bother your friend. They can’t do anything for you… you are bound by sin, you’d rather sin than turn from it. #6 Declare God’s Word – Make it a habit. Declare What God promised, and what you will do. Psalms 101:2-3 I will be careful to lead a blameless life… I will walk in my house with blameless heart, I will set before my eyes no unclean thing, the deeds of faithless men I hate, they will not cling to me. #7 Get a Turn Habit. Any time temptation approaches you, you should turn from it like a putrid smell, and it will become a first reaction. This is the fear of the LORD, to turn from evil (Prov 8:13). Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Get a turn habit. Do it once, you’ll do it again, you’ll get stronger, and the devil will have to try again later, but you’ll only be even stronger by then. #8 Get Busy Obeying! Don’t just stay in ‘resist the devil’ mode - Why are you still talking with that temptation…Get off that path of evil, and go on your way (Prov 4:15). What did God tell you to do this hour? That’s not it… so what did He tell you to do? Go Do It. One reason people are impure is because they are not on the path God has for them, they are always looking around, side to side, taking an exit. If you’re fully obeying –you’re putting distance between yourself and temptation. It’s just not a concern of yours because you never entertain the thought – you reject it – and most of the time you don’t have to… you’re too busy obeying to get distracted by worthless things. #9 Choose Grace – In the moment, know that His grace is sufficient. (2 Cor 12:9) It’s power to say No. (Titus 2:12) He will always give you a way out. (I Cor 10:13) He promised. Decide to always take it, early, right up front, before that temptation even comes. #10 Consider the cost. Don’t fool yourself, “Its no big deal,” is a lie. Jesus didn’t suffer for you, for you to keep sinning. It is a big deal. Hell is a hot place. Those who choose sin, will be destroyed. Play with fire, you’ll get burned. Hell will be filled with fire and torment, but equally horrific, it will be filled with eternal regret. Here’s what God has for you… If you just run in the path of obedience, your eyes and life will be opened to new planets, and solar systems, and places you never knew existed. You’ll walk in levels of victory you never even thought possible. When you make it a habit to reject the impure, worthless things of the world, and choose the eternal things of infinite value... And the more victory you choose by His grace - over time the worthless loses it’s attraction, it even becomes distasteful. “You’re only one choice away from defeat.” But you are equally only one choice away from victory! Choose victory! #11 Pray. Ask God to help you reject evil and choose what is right. Jesus taught the disciples to pray – “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. If you ask Him, and are willing to turn, God will save you from every temptation, He will provide a way out – so you can endure it, so you can stand up under it. So you can choose his path, and His way, instead of the path that leads to destruction. So you can live a pure life – unmixed with things of your old nature. What are the easiest pitfalls of impurity? Grumbling and complaining, Slander – saying negative things about someone. – that’s not your servant, that’s not your place. God is able to make them stand (Rom 14:4) Cursing. How can blessing and cursing come from the same mouth? (James 3:10) Brothers and sisters, this aught not be! Lust in any form, and another sneaky one, Pride – the absence of humility – thinking you are better than someone else, by thoughts or actions. Pure – unmixed, nothing of a different nature, (nothing of the old nature). Praise God when you gave your life to Christ – old things are passed away, all things have become new. (2 Cor 5:17) And if you are filled with the Holy Spirit – He gives you power to become a witness (a martyr – dead to sin, alive to Christ). You are no longer slave to sin, to live like you used to live before Christ, or like the world around you. Salvation isn’t just for eternity – Salvation is for right now. God’s grace will help you live a life free from the sin that once held you, that so easily tries to beset you. You can run with joy – the race set before you. Praying that you will Review The Purity Packet. It’s what God has for you! Unmixed, clean. His Word is power for you. The pure in heart will see God. There’s nothing better than that!
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!