Fresh Hope – 26th June 2019

Christ died for the world (John 3:16). But He also died to save us FROM the world. The world is trying to win us for the very thing Christ saved us from. There is a fight for our soul – our mind, desires, and emotions – Christian or not!

Throughout the Bible, the lines are definitely drawn between the world of unbelievers and the world of the children of God (James 4:4).

Purity starts well before our behaviour. It starts in the heart. Our behaviour is an overflow of what is in our heart. Purity is a heart desire to set yourself aside from the cultural norm of the world and to pursue God’s intent in any given area of life. Purity is the desire to honour the spirit of God – hence the name HOLY Spirit. It is not being counter-culture for the sake of being different to the world – it is about bringing the heart and ways of God to an earth steeped in dysfunction, brokenness, and dissatisfaction. Purity, therefore, has power!

We are in a world saturated with the mockery of faith, obsession with material success, hunger for instant gratification, and constant glamorization of sin. Even Christians can fall into this trap. Does the devil hold a banner over these things saying, ‘WATCH OUT…this is bad, comes, from me and will lead to destruction!’? NO! In fact, he comes as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He comes looking good! He is the master of deception.

The truth of the matter is that true freedom and wholeness is not found in the abuse of your mind, body and soul, but in the presence and principles of God (Psalm 16:11). God promised us a FULL LIFE (John 10:10) as a result of purity. Purity is not a killjoy, but rather produces prosperity!

A lot of us live like decaf coffee. We look like coffee, we smell like coffee, we taste like coffee, but we have no POWER. We look like Christians, we smell like Christians, we taste like Christians, but we have no power. We are not committed to holiness, and we’re still trying to convince everyone we’re Christians! I don’t want to be an artificially flavoured Christian. I want to be one of power and purity, distinct from the world, offering it what it needs, not merely blending into it.

I love Billy Graham’s words: ‘We come in contact with the world, and yet we retain our distinctive kingdom character and refuse to let the world press us into its mould’.

Esteem the word of God above all else. Remove whatever junk you’re carrying that is contrary to your new nature as a Christian. Give the Holy Spirit full reign in your life as his role in the life of a believer is to lead you to into holiness. Pursue whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable (Philippians 4:8), and leave the rest with your buried old-nature!

Emma Burchell

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