If we allow Jesus He is going to be continually doing this purifying process in us making us ready to ‘drink'(For eternity with Him and for our calling here on this earth to bring the Gospel to others). When Jesus begins to purify us He will start to take the jealousy, anger, bitterness, lust, greed, vanity and pride etc. out of our hearts and as time goes on we will become more spiritually healthy. BUT here is the key: We have to be part of the process allowing Jesus to do this in us. We can help make it easier by bringing our sinful natures before God each day and doing our best in making the right decisions to stay pure before Christ. In the verse below the bible tells US to purify ourselves with the help of the Lord.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
We are also like the purified water that travels through copper pipes to get to our taps. It picks up some bacteria and germs along its way and depending on how much of the world we allow ourselves to ‘conform’ to or let into our hearts and minds means we can become spiritually contaminated again or slow down the process of becoming ‘clean’ too.
This means we then need to be careful of everything we do and what or who we allow to influence our lives. This includes what we allow ourselves to find acceptable. We need to guard our eyes against lustful images, respect men and women (their bodies and minds), watch how we dress, be careful what music we listen to, books we read, places we go, the friends we keep, keep sex for marriage, continue to forgive, help others and depend on Jesus for His help everyday at a time. All of this comes more naturally the more and more you begin to fall in love with Jesus. Because the more we fall in love with Jesus and spend time with Him the more we become naturally like Him.
Just like adding the extra elements to the water to make it clean Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit inside us when we become a Christian to help us do all these things. We can also fill our minds with the word of God (bible) and with prayer. God says that we already have victory over this world through Jesus Christ and that we are conquerers in Him. So no matter how many times we mess up or fall short we will always have the victory with Jesus!
“You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those
Lastly, the purpose of purity is to make us ‘healthy’ in Christ so we can function with full efficiency and be ‘fresh’
We are no longer creatures designed for this earth but designed for an eternity in heaven. That is why we are to fill our minds with the things of heaven. If you feel like you have become spiritually contaminated in some way or that you have let things into your heart and mind that shouldn’t be there. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and for His help to purify you again. He is always ready to forgive and always loves you no matter what you say or do.
This article was written by Katie Bruce and originally appeared at her blog. Find it here.
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