I am so excited to have another featured writer. It is not a personal testimony but it is definitely worth featuring. I introduced you all to my 1st best friend Tiffany at the beginning of this month. This blog is actually written by my 2nd best friend Shameka who completes our triad friendship known as 3sinC ( 3 Sisters In Christ). I was wondering why I was having writers block in my attempt to write about what purity meant, and as I was talking with Shameka and Tiffany, Shameka just started dropping some really good knowledge so I asked her if she would write the post for what purity is. So today you will get to read her take on it! Before we get into it I just want to say that there will be another featured writer next week that you DON’T want to miss! I Will also be releasing a blog and a very important new page to my blog that I am so excited about!
*Note its a little long but it was all so good I didn’t want her to cut any of it, so read it parts if you have too! (LOL)
I know a lot of people are thinking the same thing I thought when I first heard about purity. What is purity? Why is it important? Well, according to the dictionary, purity is defined as “ the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes.” Now the first part of that definition is an easy one to understand because it defines what most people think purity means. However, there is a much deeper meaning in the last part of the definition, “ freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes.” Now, I do not know about you, but there is something about the word freedom that is so refreshing. When I think of freedom, I think of an escape from somewhere you do not want to be or from something you do not want to suffer the consequences from. When I look at that part of the definition, I can in my own words define purity as freedom from sin, freedom from a temporarily beneficial lifestyle, freedom from self-inflicted bondage, and freedom from what the world has unleashed upon you.
Now before I go any deeper into this post, I want you think about who you are, how do you define yourself? Now think about how you believe the world defines you. Whew! Now if you are like me, that was a lot because to be honest with you, when I think about myself I see a sinner who wants another chance at living out the plan and purpose God has for me; however, I often times don’t even feel qualified to be in His presence. To be honest with you, I see someone who has worked so hard to reach a goal of degrees and careers, but still cannot find happiness, at least in this world. When I think about what the world thinks of me, I think they see a black girl from a small, country town coming from nothing much, but who had enough smarts to get to a university to get a degree and live the “good life”, a temporarily beneficial lifestyle.
However, to be honest with you even though some of that is true, none of it is important. The only thing that is important is how God sees you, because He is the only one who knows what He created us to be and who we really are. Jeremiah 29:11 says “ For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” So the plans that God has for our lives are blessed and protected and not meant to harm us. God wants us to be successful. However, God gave us free will, a chance to pick blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) and with that we sometimes corrupt the plans He has for us, self-inflicted bondage. We know that what we are doing or planning to do is not always a good idea, but we do it anyway. However, He loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we may be free from what we have done to ourselves (John 3:16).
You see when we hear purity we automatically think about the definition about being pure sexually. Yes, purity is about abstaining from sin and that includes sexual sin. However, purity means abstaining from all sin including hatred, jealousy, anger, selfish ambitions, drunkenness, and etc. (Galatians5: 19-21). Not just one, some of us are quick to judge another for their choice of sin; however, we are ALL sinners. All of us fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin comes in many shapes, forms, and fashions, and the world wants us to think that some outweigh the other, sometimes pushing people to points of depression and even worst. Sometimes we react to the sins of others with more sin, sins that the world has unleashed, even though we know we should not react that way. However, I am here to tell you today that you are not the only one who has suffered from the preceding, and I want to let you know there is an answer to your hurt, there is a answer to your restless nights, there is answer to your doubt. That answer is Jesus Christ.
Pure Movement was formed to not cast judgment, but to help one another seek a lifestyle that will grant you the ultimate freedom that only Christ can give. 2 Corinthians 7:14 says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The problems that we are having in our lives, in our communities, and in our nation can not be completely solved by earthly attempts, only God knows the master plan, only he knows how our lives are supposed to be. So why not seek Him for the answer, seek Him for guidance.
This world may offer something that can give you temporary happiness, but what about happiness and peace that surpasses your greatest hurts. When you take away your temporary filler the hurt is still there, but with God you can be healed. I understand that this world has debased you, by lowering your value and convincing you to lower your standards, contaminated you with it’s sin-filled view of how you should look and what you should buy, and has polluted you with the thought that only material and earthly things can bring you happiness and that this happiness is supposed to last forever. But you can be freed from those things through purity. As I was reading Priscilla Shirer’s book Fervent, she summed up purity in the simplest definition, which is “No divide, No Separation. Pure.” When we are not divided from God’s ways and His words, when we are not separated from His presence, we are at our purest. We can hear the plans He has for our lives, we can avoid those repeat mistakes, we can truly heal, and we cast away worry and doubt.
This movement does not happen overnight, you can ask anybody who has embarked on this journey. Yes, it’s a journey. A journey takes time days, months, or years, but with a group of people and God’s words guiding you, you will be successful. In purity, you can hear God the clearest and when you hear Him the clearest you can receive all the blessings He has for your life. So take the step today to live a pure life, “NO DIVIDE and NO SEPERATION from GOD.” Let this community help you along the way through your stumbles and your successes, because we all have been and are there and will probably head that way again, but this time you will have something deep in your heart that will prevent it from going too far.
Let me pray with you,
Father God, thank you for the life that you have blessed us with. Thank you for your everlasting Word that does not change from generation to generation. God today I ask that you forgive us from seeking the world for an answer Lord because the only one with the answer is you. God we understand that this journey is hard, but with you by our side we can never fail, we can only learn and succeed. Lord this step towards purity will not be easy, but it is worth it. The world cannot give the eternal blessings that you can give. Thank you for sending your only son to die for all our sins, thank you for freedom and thank you for loving us right where we are. I love that there is nothing that you would change about us to receive your love. You just ask that we seek you instead of the world. We love you. Thank you God. Amen
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