Hitting the Mark
Striving for Purity – Part 5
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-11
Key Verse: Colossians 3:5
So, put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Hitting the mark of purity in our lives is not an easy mark to hit. However, the Bible is very clear on its importance in our lives as we represent Jesus in this world. Yesterday we looked at the fact that we must have a funeral; a death must occur in us from anything impure. How do we go about that process? First, we do a little inventory of the impure things that we are allowing in our lives. Be sure to include only those things that we do, not the things we are tempted to do. Remember, we can never put to death all temptation. Temptation will plague us until we get to heaven.
Second, pick one or two things that you are going to focus on in the next few weeks or months. God is patient and does not want us to be overwhelmed by the thoughts of being perfect; we too must be patient with this process. If you are visiting web sites that cause you to lust or watching movies that lead you down that path, put a plan together to overcome this impurity in your life. You probably will need a trusted accountability partner. You may need a good Christian counselor. Whatever it takes, don’t stop until you have a strategy in place to achieve victory.
Third, (and these need not be done in this order), write some of God’s promises to you on 3X5 cards and carry them with you. The first one I would suggest is 1 Corinthians 10:13 which will remind you that no temptation will be allowed to come to you that is stronger than you can handle; that is a promise of God! A second verse might be Philippians 4:13, which promises you God’s strength to overcome all things. If you google “promises in the Bible,” you will see the many promises available to you! Claim them and have a funeral of the impure practices in your life.
Father, I will have victory in you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.