Living a life of purity is a wonderful existence!
The Pathway of Purity offers us an inner strength and confidence, as well as a sense of comfort and peace.
Walking in purity is to maintain a ‘set-apart-ness‘ – set apart for a special purpose.
Living a life of purity gives us the joy of a good and clean conscience!
A pure life gives a refreshing confidence that is like COLD WATER refreshing a thirsty throat!!
But maintaining a life of purity is not always the easy. Often it is a lonely and difficult pathway!
Peer pressure and family pressures can be challenging obstacles and hindrances that test our resolve to walk in purity.
But . . . the blessings, the confidence, and the relationship we gain with the heavenly Father, far outweighs the hardships!
Some do not yet know the joy of a life of purity, because they have not yet experienced the first lifting away of the weight of sin.
A life of purity begins when a person has been cleansed by the precious blood of Messiah [Christ], and is thereby free from guilt, shame, and darkness.
The burden and weight of sin is initially dealt with and removed, when we first come to Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ].
When we personally turn to God by becoming Born-Again, and we personally accept the blood sacrifice Yahushua [Jesus] made for us on the cross, then we begin to know the joy of a clean conscience, and the joy of a heart set free from sin and guilt! This is a mystery to those who remain weighted down with sin. Yet, the mystery vanishes when one accepts the loving sacrifice of the Saviour.
Once we are Born-Again, we begin a new journey — a life-long adventure of walking with the Saviour.
Our journey with Yahushua is a journey of learning about His great love for us. And, it is a journey of loving Him in return (1John 4:19). It is a journey of following Him, and learning to ‘walk as He walked’ (1John 2:6). That is, we begin to live our life as Messiah would live it.
We begin to live our life as Messiah would live it, by imitating the purity of our Saviour.
What Are The Necessary STEPS?
There are two crucial and necessary steps to take to begin to imitate Messiah — steps that are like ‘supports’ to help us walk in the Pathway of Purity.
- The First, and very necessary STEP is to withdraw from, and avoid, all sexual sins and perversions, as defined in the Scriptures!
We must learn for ourselves what are the very specific sexual sins that Father reveals in His written Word that we are to avoid! And then, we must begin to completely turn away from these sins, and stop participating in these sins.
- See these sexual sins and perversions listed in
- 1Thessalonians 4:3-7;
- 1Corinthians 6:9,10,18;
- Galatians 5:19-21;
- Luke 18:20;
- 1Timothy 1:8-11;
- Leviticus 18:4-30.
Sadly and tragically, sexual sins and perversions are commonplace in our modern culture. It is grieving that multitudes today are deceived in this all-important and very significant area of our life. As we discussed in more detail in Avoiding The Sin Against Our Own Body, sexual sins are deeply heart-breaking defilements!
If we will examine the above Scriptures, they clearly teach us that sexual sins defile our body – our BODY, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. To practice such sins and perversions is to violate the guidelines given by Yahuwah Elohim in His written Word – guidelines for living a life of well-being — living a life that is holy and pure!
We must make a sober-minded decision to avoid all sexual sins and perversions. Our decision needs to be based on God’s written Word alone! Do not lean on feelings, emotions, or peers.
After we begin to be obedient to the Scriptures, we will then begin to have a confidence and a joyful peace that we are walking in the right direction!
- The Second essential STEP for finding the Pathway of Purity is to cease from defiling our body with destructive substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and mind-altering drugs. One can easily find the research studies that repeatedly warn of the damaging nature of these substances on our body.
However, our first reason for giving up such defilements is the written Word of Yahuwah (see 1Corinthians 3:16,17; 1Corinthians 6:19), — because, as we saw in Your Body – The Temple of the Living God, our Creator is very interested in the preservation, health, and well-being of our BODIES!
These two all-important STEPS to walking in the Pathway of Purity are the vital supports needed for beginning the process of coming out of worldly ways, and coming into line with Father’s loving guidelines for His children.
Every one of us is ‘a work in progress’! Therefore, all of us must begin to pray and earnestly seek Father’s help and strength to gain victory over these sins. Without God’s help and strength, we will fail!
If we will begin to pray daily, and ask Father God to help us, and trust God’s GREAT love for us, then little by little, we will know His strength and help upon us. Every ‘baby step’ we take to avoid defiling our body, will bring us closer to the purity, the strength, and the peace that we long for.
It should also be understood that lying, stealing, hatred [which is the same as murder (1John 3:15)], and profanity, disrespect, and idolatry — all these sins need to be avoided! We are not to be associated with these sins in any way!! These things are wickedness according to Scripture, and can surely spoil the Pathway of Purity in our lives! (see Mark 7:20-23 and Galatians 5:19-21.)
Father’s Great Mercy
Truly, we have all known the heart-breaking sadness of choosing impurity in some form.
We have all indulged in various defilements before coming to Yahushua, and personally knowing the heavenly Father and His Word.
However, all of Yahuwah’s children can thankfully say, “HalleluYAH for Father’s great mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing, through the blood of our Saviour Yahushua!”
Even though our past may have the stains of defilements, the important thing to remember is the power of Yahushua’s blood and His forgiveness.
By Father’s great mercy and love, Yahushua Messiah’s precious blood cleanses us from all inquity, and we become a ‘new creation’ in Messiah, our Saviour! As a new creation, we have a new beginning, a new joy, a new strength, and we can press forward with faith and love, and seek Yahuwah’s best for us!
Let us seek Yahuwah’s help, and be diligent to add to our faith ‘virtue‘ [moral excellence and purity] (2Peter 1:5)! Such excellence is foundational for worshipping Yahuwah in the beauty of holiness (Psalms 96:9).
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
If you have already taken these initial steps in walking as Messiah walked, then you know the joy of these supports for maintaining purity. Continue on in your determined focus to fight the good fight of faith! Do not give up nor become weary in well doing!!!
Though at times, our fight of faith can be difficult, the Pathway of Purity is the way of strength, confidence, hope, and reward for a disciple of Yahushua:
The way of Yahuwah [the LORD] is strength to the upright: but destruction to the workers of iniquity (Proverbs 10:29).
The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them (Proverbs 11:3).
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps His way preserves his soul (Proverbs 16:17).
Our love for Yahuwah and our earnest efforts to obey the written Word of Yahuwah is at the heart of walking in the Pathway of Purity. Our faith, commitment, and obedience are the things that please Yahuwah, and will bring us further along in our maturity.
We may experience loneliness by walking the Pathway of Purity, but let us remember the apostle Paul’s exhortation:
Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2Corinthians 4:17).
Our afflictions are small compared to the eternal weight of glory that awaits those who walk in Yahuwah’s Pure Pathway – that is, living in agreement with His written Word!!
Gaining the eternal weight of glory begins with our commitment to walk in Yahuwah’s Pathway of Purity!
- Who Is The Chaste Virgin?– The Scriptures portray the betrothed Bride of Messiah as a Chaste Virgin. The Bridegroom has a plan for the Bride: that she might remain chaste. – by thewayprepared.com
- The Royal Road of the Holy Cross by Thomas a Kempis
- To This One Will I Look– three keys for pleasing God
- Preparing Your Heart– learning steps for serving God in purity and obedience
- The Key To Gaining Understanding – key insights for gaining understanding within the circle of our personal life
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul? – three tips for satisfying our thirsty soul
- Dying to Self– A brief list of practical examples of how we experience “dying to self.”
- Your Body – The Temple of The Living God – learning the significance of our body as a set-apart, holy, and valuable treasure
- Breaking our hedge (Defilement explained)
- J. Hudson Taylor: God’s Mighty Man of Prayer
- Standing Against the Midianites – a very brief post by Natan Lawrence about the sexual looseness and perversion in our society, rooted in the spirit of Midian
- Sex Outside Marriage– The dangers of sexual defilement.
- What Makes Porn and Sexual Sin Different?