He {Jesus} told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” ~Luke 24:46-49

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Pursuing The Promise Of Purity

Purity has became both a major topic in the Church as well as a major blind spot with the Body.  Most Christians don’t seem to put pure purity at the of “list” for Christians.  ”That’s for Pastors,” they say.

But this is not what Scripture says.

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. ~1 Thess. 4:7

But don’t work that purity doesn’t purity doesn’t come through our persistence, but purity comes when passion for it begins to purely trust in the promises of God.

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." ~2 Peter 1:3-4

While sinless perfection is out of reach for the Christian this side of Glory, the Word tells us plainly that our pursuit for purity is not in vain.  ”not only has God given us all we need for Godliness”, but Peter also tells us we have His promises to rely on.

What promises are these?  Well, let’s look at a few:

He promises to keep His Children blameless untill He returns.  (Jude 24-25)

He has the power to began the work He began in our salvation. (Phil 1:6)

God ALONE has the power to “sanctify us through and through” (1 Thess. 5:23-24)

Do we not realize that our holiness it is graded on the Cross?  Hebrews 10:14 says that ”by one sacrifice God has made perfect forever, those who are being made Holy.”  Realize today that if you have truly been born again in Christ, you’ll battle against sin has already been won.

Christ defeated sin, death, Hell and condemnation.  Those whom He calls He not only justifies, but glorifies! (Romans 8:29-30).

If you haven’t repented of your sins and put your Trust in Christ, do so.  There is eternal life, victory through His blood and His resurrection, and freedom from the bondage of sin.

Remember, today, to set your mind on things above, and flee immorality, pursue God. (Phil. 4:8-9,  2 Tim. 2:22)

Pursue the Promise Of The Purity.  God is faithful to grant it too you.  (1 Thess. 5:24)

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It’s not underestimating how loud the other voices are. I mean, let’s be honest, our culture is so heavily messaged, whether it’s through media, our peer groups, whatever. And for most of us, the Gospel and the Christian message is such a whisper with regards to how sophisticated and how loud every other voice is. Our worship has to take that into account at some point, otherwise it’s just going to get lost in the mix. And it has to really do battle with that kind of messaging. We have to begin to see ourselves as people who can be deprogrammed, otherwise our experiences in worship are just going to be anemic little asides in our day-to-day life. So I think that’s part of the reasons we found hymns so helpful to us.
 Matt Odmark- Jars of Clay in a 2006 interview.

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