Purity- Getting to the Heart of the matter

Deuteronomy 6  1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to …2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates 13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you…16 Do not test the LORD your … 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight, so that it may go well with… 20 In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?" …Forever_Pure_244202254_std

Psalm 78:1 O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old-  3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Before we can talk about discipleship and stewardship let’s talk about matters of the heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to work into us and not to grieve the Holy Spirit.  By allowing ourselves to submit to the very words and decrees that the Word of God (The Holy Bible) calls us to do (see Scripture above), we have to focus on matters of our lives from the inside out.  Sexual Purity is a virtue that is under attack in our society.  There are so many attacks to our hearts that for some of us, we can no longer stand in the midst of a Holy God, because we are impure and we have grieved the Holy Spirit.  We have to be honest and do a self check and have accountability partners in our lives to move away from the impurities in our lives.  When we commit to Purity, then we can commit to discipleship and stewardship as well. 

Purity   Before anyone comes after me and attacks my theology on the aforementioned statement, I want to remind you of gifts and offerings to God that are better left at the altar then for us to pretend we are pure in God’s eyes.  I am not saying that we are going to create a level of a sin-free life, but rather, a life that is quick to repent and humble ourselves before our God through his mediator, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The heart of the matter is this:  Hebrews 4:12, For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.

Simply put, what will it take to move you toward discipleship and biblical stewardship?  A daily commitment to read God’s Word (The Bible), pray continually and find quiet time to allow the Lord to be Lord over you all of the time and not just when it is convenient for you.