The Bible gives us answers for everything that we need in life, including how to live a pure and holy life. Let’s look to the Word:
How can young people keep their paths pure? By guarding them according to what you’ve said. (Ps 119:9 CEB)
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Tim 2:22 ESV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Ps 119:11 NKJV)
The Word gives us these clear instructions:
- We should guard our paths according to the Word of God;
- Flee youthful passions and avoid occasions that give rise to temptation;
- Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with all other believers who live a holy life unto the Lord;
- Memorize the Word of God and hide it in our hearts because the Word that we cherish and honor will keep us away from sin.
These are clear and understandable directions from the heart of God. He has also given each one of us the gift of grace to empower us to do what He has called us to do. Hallelujah!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God . . . (Eph 2:8, emphasis added)
May God surround us all with His grace, mercy, and love in Jesus’ name. Praise His holy name!
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim 4:5)
. . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Eph 6:18)
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Pet 4:7)
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)
Often the Bible urges us to watch as well as to pray. (Mk 13:33; 14:38; Lk 21:36; Eph 6:18) It’s important that these two actions go hand in hand.
Watch means to stay awake; to be sleepless. We need to take this command literally as well as spiritually. We are meant to be vigilant, on guard, alert, and intently aware. Spiritual watching combined with prayer will give us the strength we need to resist temptation and to overcome difficult situations in life.
Staying awake is connected with righteousness. (1 Cor 15:34) If ever there has been a time to stay alert and focused, it is NOW. Many scholars believe that we are living in what is called the “end times.” We must focus on strengthening our relationship with Jesus Christ and living a holy life, by the grace which He imparts to us.
Believers must be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ; we must guard against temptation; and we should pray without ceasing. We should prepare for the completion (conclusion) of our salvation!
“Vigilant watchfulness is a manifestation of genuine spiritual life.” ~ Billy Graham