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Summary: God has placed as a priority for a life of victory the requirement ot live a holy and pure life.

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THE PRIORITY OF PURITY

THEME: Victory = a pure life which is itself an act of worship. This means that our victorious life can be attributed to God and Him alone. That is why there must be salvation for sinners and cleansing for the Christian. Therefore, purity, or personal holiness, is the primary prerequisite for worship & for living in victory.

LOGO: Victory begins with God’s promises

happens through His Power

results in His Praise

I. Importance of Purity:

Joshua chose purity as the theme for his closing message. He even gave it 2X -

1X to Leaders – Chp 23

1X to people as a whole – Chp 24

read JOSHUA 23:15-16 See the warning that Joshua gives to Israel.

QUESTION: Why so important? It is the essence of what God is trying to accomplish in our lives!!!!

• In Genesis 1-2 God created us for the purpose of worship

• We were perfect so we were in His presence. Adam’s life was itself an Act of Worship

• What ended this? SIN!!!

Lack of purity

Why must Jesus die? To pay the price for SIN (Matthew 5:8)

and thus re-establish purity. In order to re-establish relationship in order to re-establish worship.

Psalms 24:3-5

Canaan represents victorious living. God set them up in a land He provided and one where He conquered it for His glory – all to give testimony to His greatness.

24:12-13 - Why Joshua says “God did it” and not them.

See God demands purity in

A. Worship: 23: 7

God is holy - demands purity

God is jealous in worship

THIS IS WHY JOSHUA - 2X EXPLAINS GOD DID IT ALL. To result in worship

24:12 “I sent the hornets”

13 “I provided cities - not your labor”

“crops - not your planting”

B. Works 23: 6 “Do ALL that is written”

Jesus says in John 14:15

“If you love me, keep My commandments”

14:21 “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me.”

READ - I John 5:2-5

C. Witness 23: 9-10

Same applies for us:

see also Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth …”

READ - I Peter 2:9-12

chosen, “holy nation” - purity to

1) worship Him:

2) works: “abstain”

3) witness (vs 12)

“they may observe…and glorify your father”

II. Impediments to Purity

A. Failure to Conquer:

vs 7 “the nations who remain among you”

vs 12 “these that remain among you”

B. Failure to Come out

Read vs. 12

NOTE: God points out He brought them

Out of Egypt - 24:2-3. Egypt represents the bondage of sin and the old way of life

He defeated apostasy 24:9-10

Question: How does purity die?

How do we become unclean?

Pluralism - rise and acceptance of numerous different cultures, philosophies, etc.

Relativism - decline (rejection) of belief in absolute truth

Syncretism - adoption and integration of beliefs from plural cultures.

Why is this so important as it relates to marriage?

1) Intimacy - sexual - oneness - can’t be unequally yoked 2 Cor. 6:14

Matthew 6:24

2) Influence - 2 Cor. 6:14

3) Illustration - of salvation 2 Peter 2:12

Letter of 1st Corinthians

Purity of witness

Illustrate in our lives:

1) TV

TV Channels - more loose

OK everyone watches

Our children dress like them

we speak like them

Intimate - Influence - destroy Illustration.

2) Language at work


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