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Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
d. Heeding Godís Word Ė 119:9
i. Letís start by looking at verse 9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
ii. The New American Standard translates this verse 9 this way : 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping {it} according to Your word.
iii. Some of us here arenít young men any more. In November, I will turn 30, transforming me from a young man to a middle-aged man. Regardless of your age though, I think this verse is very fitting for our study on purity tonight.
iv. We see that the verse starts off with a question, and ends with an answer from a wise man. Scholars tell us that it is very probable that Ezra wrote this Psalm around 450 B.C. So, itís safe to assume that sexual purity was a problem in Israel at the time of Ezra.
v. Sexual purity can be defined as getting sexual satisfaction from no other source but your wife. Let me repeat that - Sexual purity is getting sexual satisfaction from no other source but your wife. Those of us who arenít married donít get any source. That may seem rough, but thatís the way God designed it, and we are expected to live up to this standard by Godís Word. This is the only way to keep our lives pure, by keeping according to Godís Word, as the Psalmist writes.
vi. In 1 Peter 1:16, God tells us this: be holy, for I am holy.
vii. Paul tells Timothy in 2nd Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
viii. Paul tells us here to flee youthful lusts. But what does that mean? How can we apply that to our lives today?
ix. St. Augustine once said, "Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."
x. Our sensuality and lustfulness is a habit we have made over time by making bad decisions in our walk. If you are struggling in this area, it is just like any other sin Ė somehow, somewhere, you are feeding this sin. Like when a pretty girl walks by, it is your habit to take that second long look at her. A lot of people are shocked to find out that impurity is a habit, they think it is a dreadful curse we are stuck with as men. Thatís what the enemy wants you to believe!
xi. The good news is that if sexual impurity lives as a habit, it dies like a habit. So, what can we do to do that? How can we defeat that habit?
xii. Well, we know from scripture that Job was a righteous man. The Bible says he feared God and shunned evil. In Job 31:1, we find a key to walking free from sexual impurity. Job says, 1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?
xiii. The key there is that Job made a covenant with his eyes. If you want to walk free from impurity, you need to make that choice right now. Repent and make a covenant with God right now, that you will no longer steal a lustful look at another woman from your wife. Make that
Brandon Pyle
November 2, 2006
I found this sermon very helpful and I am proud to say that after reading this sermon, I have rededicated my life to Christ. I want to live a pure life.