Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Today’s Topic: Be Pure
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:9 (ESV) How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Are you a GIGO or a TITO? The choices we make every day are determined by which one we are. Our connectivity to the world and our intimacy with God is determined by which one we are. The integrity of our heart is determined by which one we are. The choice of which one we are is ours, and is the most fundamental of all choices which in turn motivates and validates all other choices. After choosing to follow Jesus, this one choice affects all other choices and determines our spiritual health. It is that important!
Are you a GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out – or a TITO – Truth In, Truth Out.
See what the Psalmist says in this powerful passage on personal purity:
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! 13 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. 14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Here are some truths the Lord put on my heart as I reflected on this passage today:
- There is an assumed desire to keep our way pure, thus the Psalmist’s question of how to do it. Upon receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, the desire of the heart becomes the holiness of the Savior. You don’t have such a desire? Then go back to the cross and discover the splendor of Christ’s sacrifice for your sin, and allow the love of God to so overwhelm your soul that you rise from your prostate prayers with a passion to please Him.
- There is a personal responsibility for each one of us to guard our way using the Word of God. Nothing just happens. Choices are made and are always the product of the belief system we have chosen for our life. The power of self is strong and results in sin, but the Savior has conquered sin and in His resurrection has provided present and eternal victory. But it is our choice to appropriate it or not. We can choose to not guard our ways and live according to the flesh and its desires, or we can choose to seek the Lord and His commands and keep our way pure.
- There is a vast chasm that separates the intellectual knowledge of God and His Word from the experiential knowledge of God. Many know in their head what their heart has never known. Many can answer questions but have no personal experience to validate the answer. Those who are in the know only will be left with only their knowledge to add to the eternal suffering that awaits them. How horrific is the punishment of hell when the knowledge of the Savior is added to it so physical and mental anguish combine in total agony. But those who move from knowledge of God to the experience of relationship with God, having their hearts captivated by His truth, are already experiencing the fulfillment of life which continues for all eternity in His presence. Your Word, O Lord, have I stored up in my heart that I might not sin against You.
- “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” So says Jesus in Luke 6:45. Our speech does not reveal our intelligence, but our beliefs. We may fool some people some of the time, but eventually our speech reveals the truth of our hearts and their spiritual condition. Notice the progression in the passage – I have stored up your word in my heart…with my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. How you talk and what you talk about is the truth of what you really believe and what you have chosen for the love of your heart.
- One final point – the words and ways of God are to be the top priority of our hearts. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. What we desire, what we pursue, and what we enjoy are the indicators of what we have chosen to love. What we take in, put in, and allow in to our lives fully and unavoidably becomes our identity. It is the absolute truth of God that in the spiritual realm we are what we eat. That is why we must choose to feed only on the Bread of Life.
Today, and every day, I choose to be a TITO! Pastor John