Too often we tend to listen to society rather than God’s Word when it comes to how we should live. God’s Word doesn’t promote sin, however we tend to fall into sin to be like the crowd. Purity or holiness are subjects that everyone can talk about, but not everyone will aim to follow. Society wants us to believe that we have to disobey God’s Word to find contentment, and that’s exactly how Eve was deceived. It’s time to replace the lies we have engraved into our minds and start believing and living the way God says to. Here are 10 ways to stay pure:
1. Study God’s Word! Let’s be real, sometimes you don’t feel like reading your bible. Maybe the translation is difficult or you may feel like there’s no connection. But that’s just lies the devil uses to make you stop. We find God when we pursue Him despite how we feel. If you go closer to God, he will go closer to you (James 4:8). If you want to please God, you must read His Word to know what He expects from you. Stay in God’s Word and you’ll stay out of sin.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:11)
2. Stay away from sinful crowds! It’s not up for debate, you will act like who you hang around. “Jesus hung out with sinners!”, no he didn’t. Jesus called sinners (his disciples), to follow him, which means they left their old lives to follow Him. The people Jesus came into contact with didn’t just talk to him as a friend, but they also drew near to him because he was the light that they needed in order to change. Jesus spoke with people to bring the Gospel to them, not to be like them. While I will never say you can’t have unsaved friends or know people of different religions, you should be the ones influencing them not them influencing you.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
3. Be accountable No man is an island. Of course God is not saying to befriend everyone to the point where you have the wrong people as friends, but he is telling us that we need one another. You can’t say you love God without loving the people you can see. We are called to pray for one another, study together, and build one another up spiritually. If you don’t have any godly friends around you, you are an easy target to the devil. God protects us, but He also places people around us to help in the time of need.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)
4. Be a doer There are way too many people that go to church on Sunday’s and ignore Him the rest of the week. I know what it means to be hypocritical, I struggle with things I speak about, but I know for a fact that God wants us to follow Him daily. God wants to be our Lord, not just our savior. God is looking for obedience, not our opinions. Don’t fool yourself into thinking church attendance or Christian posts guarantees your spot into Heaven. God is looking for people that will follow Him.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
5. Set boundaries Christian couples aren’t the only ones that need to set boundaries, we all must do so. You have to let people know that there are certain things you can’t do because God said you shouldn’t. Society is careful to offend everyone except God. So they’ll disrespect Jesus, but say they don’t want to offend the Muslims, Jews, homosexuals, etc. We have to understand that JESUS is God, and He is also not going to tolerate foolishness. Of course He is loving, but He still has to judge us. Holiness wouldn’t be a command if it weren’t possible to attain.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
6. Prayer Prayer will keep you away from sin, but sin will keep you away from praying. We have to understand that prayer is communication with God. The same way we build relationships with everyone else through communication, is the same way we draw closer to God with prayer. There’s so much anxiety and unanswered questions in some of our lives, I wonder how much peace we’ve forfeited with our blatant disregard for prayer.
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
7. Filter your entertainment! Yes, it does have an impact on your life. Our music, movies and tv shows, and our company will influence our thoughts. Our thoughts lead to our actions, actions turn into habits and we become our habits. You can stop a stronghold at the source if you simply say no to garbage. You can overcome addictions by replacing them. Whenever you get the urge to do something bad, go do something else that is positive or spiritually uplifting.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
8. Know who/what to ignore! Everything and everyone doesn’t deserve your time, attention or a response. Some people don’t want help, they want to argue and you have to let the Holy Spirit within you to keep your tongue rather than cause you to fight. Never allow someone off track to distract you from pursuing Jesus.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20)
9. Don’t follow accounts that entice your lust. If Jesus said those who look at someone with lust in their heart has already committed sin, why follow accounts that post naked and seductive pictures? If you want to keep your mind pure, stop following everyone. Society wants you to think its okay to have your eyes drift and flirt around, but God wants your eyes on Him and only for your spouse. In some cases, you can tell a lot about a person just by who they follow and what they like on social media.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)
10. Get back up again! Some may be saying that “it’s too late for me”. You’ve fallen several times and maybe you’re even comfortable living in sin, but God is saying that it’s time to get back up again. Grace isn’t a license to sin, God’s grace is what helps you overcome those besetting sins. Once you repent, God can forgive you, but you must learn to forgive yourself and stop thinking you’re not good enough because you’re comparing yourself to other people. Look to Jesus, keep running the race.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)
Despite what society says, God’s standard is and will always be purity and righteousness. Follow Him, despite what others may say or think.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. (Isaiah 40:8)
– Tovares Grey