Living a Renewed Life

Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2017

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10
In this culture in which we are living the word purity is rarely used. To those outside the church
it is considered outdated. And sometimes, within the church, it is avoided. It appears to be a
subject not to be discussed. Yet, God doesn’t avoid it. He stresses the seriousness of purity
throughout His Word. If God thinks it is important to live a pure life, then we cannot eliminate it
from our lives.
As followers of Jesus we are not to copy the behavior and customs of this world, but we are to
allow God to transform us to His way of thinking. The following questions give insight as to how
we are living a renewed life in Christ.
1. Are God’s standards of right and wrong the ones I use?
2. What people, places and possessions make it hard for me to follow God?
3. Why should I choose God’s path of purity?
4. How do I choose my friends and how do I allow them to shape the person I am?
5. Do I pull away from the Word of God or do I obey it?
6. How God honoring are the things I read, watch on television, movies I attend,
songs I hear, and my use of the internet?
7. Does my curiosity pull me into places I should not go?
8. How much of my time do I spend with the Lord in Bible study, prayer and service?
How well did you do in answering the questions? They should make us think about our lives and
how well we are choosing to live a renewed life in Christ. As followers of Jesus, we are called to
a higher standard of living—a holy standard of thought and action that equips us to win the
battle against impurity. When we allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives, He transforms our minds,
our desires and our actions. When Jesus is exalted in our lives, our love for Him becomes
greater than our love of sin. Jesus is the one who calls us to purity. Through the Holy Spirit we
have the power to walk in spotless purity.
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-14 and Jeremiah 2:11-13
Prayer Focus: Pray to raise the standard of purity in mind, heart and body in order to
lead a life that honors God.