Sunday, July 10, 2016

Purity: A Call To Action Beyond Sexual References

Most times when we think about purity we think of sexual purity. Not having sex until married. Purity being a call from God to save yourself until married. This type of purity requiring a conscious decision to not put yourself in tempting situations, or when in those tempting situations being strong enough to say "I trust God, and his plan is way better than my plans or feelings in this moment in Jesus name"...then doing what God has instructed you to do. 

I support sexual purity, and God's way of doing things whole heartedly. However, today, I'm sharing this post to encourage you to be pure in EVERY area of your life. I have been challenged by God to live pure as a woman of God. This has been resonating for weeks in my spirit.

Here are some areas God is calling us to be pure...

Our Thoughts
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent and praiseworthy-think about such things."

Become aware of what you are thinking at all times. Monitor your thoughts. You may think this is easy or that you already do this, but I challenge you to know your every thought, and redirect it to what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. I've had to redirect thoughts of, "I just don't like her" to "Lord, help me to see her as you see her." When you monitor your thoughts, you will realize how OFTEN our minds aren't on things that are pure and too often on things that are displeasing to God.

Our Words
Psalms 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer." 

How often have you had conversations with people and automatically thought, "dang, I said too much." Or you're in the middle of a juicy gossip talk and you begin to feel convicted because you know that if this person is telling you all of someone else's business OR all of their own business, they are surely telling yours to someone else. It is EASY to get caught up in un-pure conversations via text or in person that aren't pleasing to the Lord. Some believe they are just sharing helpful information, but it's gossiping...it's gossiping people! Also, become very sensitive to what you speak over your life and health. Saying in times of despair, "I just can't do this anymore" could yield life changing repercussions. Satan wants you to think it's okay to say certain phrases we've heard all our lives, just to hinder our future. 

Our Decisions
Proverbs 3:6 "Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

Our daily decisions and our goals tell alot about how pure we really are. Why do we do what we do? Why do we work where we work? Why do we date the people we date? Why did you pick out that house you're currently living in? Why do we eat what we eat? Why do we watch certain television shows? Why do we listen to certain types of music? Why are we okay with spending our money on certain things? Why do we vacation in certain places? Why do we post certain pictures/videos on social media? You get my point, right? ARE THE DECISIONS WE MAKE ON A DAILY BASIS PURE AND PLEASING TO GOD? We have to evaluate our purpose for the decisions we are making. Your FUTURE is connected to what you do NOW. Be intentional and purposeful about the decisions you make, the shows you watch, the people in your life, and the food you eat...just to name a few. Don't waste your life away now, thinking the future will somehow be better. Take action now, and let your decisions come from a pure place, and oh how bright your future will be! 

Lastly... Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."

I think about a time recently that my husband and I were watching a good movie and our daughter was playing with toys in the living room. I became so sensitive to what was being said on the movie, and what they were doing in the movie due to my daughter being around that I asked my husband to turn it off. I had this overwhelming conviction that I am responsible for what my daughter is exposed to, and making sure that what she see, hear, and actions around her are pure. I believe this is how God feels about us. He knows how sensitive our earthly vessel is. We are as vulnerable as children, and we truly soak up what's in our environment. God wants us to guard ourselves, because what we overly expose ourselves to, becomes our reality...the good and the bad. 

I pray you see that purity is relevant outside of sexual references and that purity is a call to action from God right now!

Matthew 5:8 

Love Always,

Brittany Bradley