Maintaining Moral Purity

I Thessalonians 4:3

As Americans, we care a lot about purity in some areas and in others we couldn't care less. For instance, we want pure air to breathe, pure water to drink and we want pure food to eat. But we're not really that concerned about having pure minds. We will allow almost anything in our minds. We will watch anything regardless how perverted it is without changing channels or getting up and leaving.

An Associated Press article just this week states: More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. "This is reality-check research," said the study's author. "Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans, and has been for decades."

As a result of this constant bombardment of sexuality, we have more abortions today than ever before, we have more illegitimate births than ever before, we have more people with sexually transmitted diseases than ever before. As a matter of fact, there are now more people with a sexually transmitted disease than people with alcoholism. But what about God's Word…should we throw in the towel and just accept it? No!

As we look at these verses we must ask ourselves, can this be done in our world? We better hope so; especially those of us who care about our children and grandchildren. So what is the answer? Some of you will remember the McDLT. (Click for Video)

The answer to living in this world is not imitation, just be like everybody else. And the answer isn't isolation -- don't have any association with the world. It is insulation. God can keep us in a polluted world and keep our life, our mind, and our heart pure.

How does that happen?

1. Make A Commitment To God's Standard

2. Manage Our Mind

3. Monitor Our Media Intake

4. Minimize the Opportunity for Temptation

5. Maintain Our Marriage

6. Magnify the Consequences of Sin

What is the path way back to purity?

1. Repent.

2. Receive forgiveness.

3. Refocus and replace.

4. Request help daily.