So, how can I be pure?
Read 1 Thessalonians 4;1-12 again.
I. REALIZE THE WILL OF GOD IS THE STRUGGLE.
To please God ought always to be our main desire and we can only please God by faith and obedience to His Word.
The Lord does not take pleasure in “outward”obedience as He does in “obeying the voice of the Lord,” and our prayer ought to be “Thy will be done.”
This can be very difficult to attain but the Christian must yield himself/herself to the Lord’s will.
II. REALIZE THE WILL OF GOD IS OUR SANCTIFICATION.
Remember that sanctification is the separation from all evil and requires consecration of the whole man to the service of the Lord, and gradual conforming to the will of God. We come to God by faith and He in fact is our righteousness. It is then and only then that the work of sanctification begins, because Jesus Christ is our sanctification. It is a progressive walk sometimes very slow but consistent.
Remember also the more we grow in the knowledge of the Lord the more He magnifies Himself through us. Then the result is that we will yearn after holiness with a strong and intense desire to please Him by living a sanctified life.
Because He abides in our heart by the power of the Holy Spirit He literally lives our life for us. This is the will of God and is God’s plan for each of us.
Let me say that He is the God of truth; His promises are always “ye”and “nay.”His standard is always the same and not impossible for each of us to attain.
NEXT, (and last) “PURITY OF LIFE.”