TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, April 12, 2018:
Freedom from anything that pollutes or contaminates, uncontaminated; without evil, guiltless; undefiled.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield and without hypocrisy.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart; he shall receive blessing from the Lord.
I stir up your pure minds by way of a reminder that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken by the holy prophets.
II Peter 3:1-2.
Holding the mystery (revealed truth) of our faith with a pure conscience.
I Timothy 3:9.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many people today are concerned as to how they look from the outside. People try everything to improve their looks including cosmetics, beauty treatments, exercise, gyms, spas, diets and when all else fails, plastic surgery. All of this just to improve their outward appearance.
What we should be more concerned about is our inward appearance. Although we look at the outward appearance, the Lord looks at what is on the inside. I Samuel 16:7 reminds us, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Believers need to spend more of their time and effort on making sure they are pure and uncontaminated on the inside. God wants us to be pure. It is not wrong to want to look at improving how we look on the outside, but our point is that we do not want to overlook what God wants us to do about the inside.
There is no inherent purity in any of us because we are all sinners. II Timothy 2:19 reminds us, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn from wickedness.” To be pure we must go to the only source of purity and that is God. We are to seek His wisdom.
James tells us that God’s wisdom is first pure and then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield and without hypocrisy (above verse). Purity requires a change in our sinful hearts. When our hearts are pure it will be evident because we will strive in all we do to be honest and upright, peaceable and kind, following Jesus’ example.
And if our hearts are pure our hands will be clean and uncontaminated by evil deeds. Psalms 24:4-5 above confirms this thought.
A pure heart will lead us to pure thoughts and a pure mind leads to obedience. Peter wrote in his letter to believers (I Peter 3:1-2) that to keep our heart and minds pure we must remember the words of the scripture as written by the holy prophets. Knowing God’s Word and obeying it will keep us pure because it makes us aware of our sins.
We need to constantly remind ourselves the need of purity in our lives in the way we walk, talk and act. We need to be always on our guard because the devil will do his very best to set unassuming traps for us to fall into to cause us to sin and contaminate the purity that God wants and puts into our heart, mind and conscience.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 1:5.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Help me to live a pure life today, honoring You with my thoughts, my deeds and my actions.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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