Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pure and Holy Lives

I was watching one of those television programs the other night where a young couple buys their first house together. I admit at first, I wasn't paying a lot of attention, but it had become more of a background noise in the room. Suddenly, something the man said made me look up. He said, "After we get married, we'll move in here together."

How startling to hear someone profess that! And how sad that I was startled by it!

...And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:10)
Sometimes I feel like Elijah, in despair, the only one left still trying to live a clean and holy lifestyle.

I look at it like this. God's Word is our set of instructions, which we are told to follow. It's rules are not optional or up for debate. But in them, God has set in motion certain laws, and these laws are operable whether you believe in them or not. Think about the law of gravity. The law of gravity works no matter who believes in it. Someone can decide they don't want to follow the law of gravity, and yet you will still see it working in their life to keep them connected to the ground. Their mindset on the law did not make it ineffective.

So when we read in 2 Timothy 2:22, "Flee also youthful lusts..." We must realize that it is a truth that will remain permanent no matter what man chooses to believe. In 1 Timothy 5:22 it states, "Neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure." This is again, an instruction that will always operate.

We don't have a problem with this when it is something we believe in. The world despises child abuse, so those who commit such acts are arrested and prosecuted. Burglary is wrong. Those who choose to live life as thieves or through selling drugs, are thrown in jail. No, the problem comes in when an instruction that God has set in motion, a standard He has espoused, becomes "antiquated" in the world's eyes. If "everyone's doing it", does that make it okay? Your mother would have said, "No."

It really is that black and white. There aren't many ways to believe or many ways to heaven or many gods to worship. It is NOT okay for you to live with someone outside of marriage. Homesexuality IS a sin, and abortion IS murder. In the end, it doesn't matter what the world chooses to preach. God's word is clear. It says, "For the end of those things is death." (Romans 6:21) This truth never changes; it is always in operation, no matter what.

Yet there is more heartening news! The very next verse states, "But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life." (NKJ) Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross at Calvary, we have been set free from sin; we have only to believe it and confess it. Then God creates in us holy fruit with everlasting life as our ultimate reward. How marvelous is that!

But stop here and notice what God said to Elijah, as he sat there in despair believing he was the "only one" left.

But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. (Romans 11:4)
There were yet 7,000 who had not given in to the standards of his day. Maybe it was "cool" to follow Baal. Maybe "he" was the "in" thing. Yet 7,000 people still said, "No!" He just needed God to remind him of that.

I am reminding you. I believe in purity. I believe in holiness. Will you stand with me?

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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