Fight the Tide: Purity


As a nation (and even as a church in many ways), we have allowed the enemy to steal our purity out of our hands.

I believe we can get it back, but it will be a battle and the minute you begin to fight, the enemy will be right there headstrong against you. Satan knows that sexual sin can keep people in bondage like no other, but I have good news – the enemy has been defeated! So dust off your sword, put on your armor, and fight for your purity! Here’s three things that have helped me over the years that you can actively do to fight against the tide of impurity:

1. Memorize The Word – Psalm 119:9, 11 say, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word…I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” One of our biggest weapons for fighting the enemy according to Ephesians 6 is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Memorize it. Hide it in Your heart. Write it down on post-it-notes and stick it everywhere you will see it often.

Here’s a topical list of Purity Scriptures that have helped me over the years.

2. Remove The Source

In college I walked into one of my friend’s rooms and on his TV there was an index card with this on it: “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile” (Psalm 101:3).

Sometimes the only way to not look at something with approval is to not look at it at all – even if it means removing it. Take extreme measures! I think this is what Jesus meant when He said to gouge your eye out if it causes you to sin.

Thus, when my golf magazine arrived recently with a scantily clad woman on the cover, I simply tore the cover off. It’s better for me to simply remove the temptation.

3. Bounce Your Eyes

The book Every Man’s Battle recommends that you “bounce your eyes” when you are tempted to fixate on something you know you shouldn’t. While difficult at first, the concept really does work. If you train yourself to look away from temptation and say a prayer, asking God to help you, you will find your eyes don’t stay where they shouldn’t and thus your mind stays more pure.

Memorizing the Word and calling it to mind in moments of temptation, removing the source of temptation, and bouncing your eyes from temptation are three practical ways you can fight for your purity. The bottom line is: fight! Pray for someone to hold you accountable and fight with them.

What’s one thing you can do today to fight for your purity?

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