…by Doug Gamble
This past Sunday our theme was purity. It’s a topic that is rarely talked about in our culture today. It’s very passe’. God’s Word says a lot about it but I think we tend to skip over those verses a lot. The one that is really hard to skip over is Matthew 5:8:
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
If we ever forget the importance of purity, that verse reminds us of the promise of pursuing purity.
We talked yesterday about three powerful steps to get back on the path of purity if you have fallen off of it. I encourage you to check it out here if you missed it.
I was struck today though of what God’s Word says is a key to staying on the path of purity. Here’s what I read from Psalm 119:9-11:
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
The key to staying on the path is consuming God’s Word. We consume so many other things, yet if we are consuming God’s Word it makes it hard to stuff much else in there. If you fill up on that first, you’re full!
And certainly as you do consume God’s Word, your taste grows for it instead of things less pure. It’s like having a really nice meal for lunch but then you try to go to a fast food place for dinner. We can choke it down because we are hungry, but are taste buds are really crying out for the nice meal we had at lunch.
If you are looking to consume God’s Word and want a systematic way to do so, check out the reading plans youversion.com. There are a ton of ones already created but you can create your own too!