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Things Teens should flee from!


How can we develop godly purity? Notice I didn't say just purity. I'm NOT talking about the World's form of purity. I'm talking about God's kind of purity. The world talks about safe physical relationships between a man and a woman, but God tells us there is only one way for that physical relationship to be Right before God and that's when the man and the woman are married to each other. The world rates movies PG, PG-13, R and much worse, but God rates things as Right or Wrong, godly or ungodly, and Righteous or Unrighteous. This list of comparisons could go on and on.

The first thing Christian teens need to develop is godly purity from God's perspective! Titus 2:12 says "teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." This verse is a good start to understanding HOW God wants us to live. Righteously means the right way, God1s way and godly means to be like God in character. Wow! That's a high calling for Christian teens, to follow God's character.

Some may be thinking "does the Bible actually call Christians to that high of a standard?" Let's allow God's word to answer that question! Ephesians 5:1 "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children." 1Peter 1:15 "but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct." Notice Peter writes "all your conduct". An old preacher once said "all means all and that's all - all means." So born again teens need to honor the Lord with their whole life style. In order to do that teenagers should choose activities and friends that will encourage them to live HOLY.

Now let's get practical! How do we live this kind of PURE life that pleases a Holy God? 2Tim. 2:19, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." What's so hard to understand about "Depart from"? Let me put it to you a few other ways:

1. you don't hang around sinfulness,

2. Get from sin,

3. Run from evil,

4. give sinful activities the big "adios" !

Now some teens like to hang around the mall, the beach and lots of other places, but where ever you are and where ever you go, you need to be asking yourself, "is there something here I shouldn't be hanging around?" You need to live godly in a wicked age! Now you will not run from evil until you have Fully Surrendered to God! When God is FIRST in your life, then living godly will be a priority in your life. So that obviously means when you're NOT departing from sin, that God is certainly not first. Remember, the Bible says that Christians need to be "holy in all your conduct." Holiness is thinking like God thinks and desiring like God desires. What is God pleased with? Whatever they are, you need to do these things. On the other hand, what does God despise? Don1t do these things!

If you want to live godly, you must give up the most Crucial part of your body. Most teen guys might think "this means my muscles." Teenage girls may think "it's my looks." None of these things are the most important thing on your body that you need to give over to God. It's your mind! Your thoughts MUST be surrendered fully to God. All your sins begin in or enter the mind First. So the battle for purity begins in the teens mind. Romans 12:1-2 says "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Does this passage mean that Christian young adults need to present themselves to God for God's service and design? Yes!

When it comes to living Right before God you need to say, "here I am Lord, at your service!" We need to understand that this giving of yourself does not just happen. It's a process that involves the mind. People can get addicted to all kinds of habitual habits that are evil and not good for you. Some get addicted to drugs, others develop habitual sin problems in their life like fornication, cheating in school, and much more.

People in these sins have given themselves over or presented themselves to this things. Now to fulfill God's desire for Christian teens, you need to instead give yourself over to HIM. And you start with giving the Lord your mind, your thoughts. Not only does your mind belong to God, but all of you belongs to God. 1Corinthians 6:19 & 20 says "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

Think of it this way: You are the temple of God! God1s spirit is in you. Your mind is the Door to God's temple! Wow! Could that be true, that our mind is like the door to our temple? Yes!

With our bodily temples we are to worship and serve God. However, you cannot do that when you have junk, filth, evil in your mind. Do you remember when Jesus cleansed the Temple? Sure you do! What did Jesus do? He drove out of God's Temple all that was evil and unacceptable.

Now let's apply that to your life. What's in your life and in your mind that needs to be driven out? Oh you know what it is! But now you need to decide. Will I live for God and depart from sinful activities and evil thoughts or will I serve myself. Proverbs 23:7 say "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." What are you reading? What do you day dream about? It should only be God honoring things. Philippians 4:8 says "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things."

So you need to think about Pure things, Good things and godly thoughts. Don't think about Junk or Filth. That means you have to Guard what goes into your mind. You1re the guard of your own mind. You're like a Spiritual Goalie trying to deflect junk and evil from getting into the net of your mind. Don1t let Satan score straight shots into you mind. Don't let the world make slap shots into your thinking process.

If you're going to win the battle for purity you must begin the battle of what goes into your mind. Proverbs 4:23 says "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." Keep and Diligence are two terms that simply mean GUARD with All your discipline. Your eyes and hears are the door keepers of your mind. Watch what you let in! Television, Internet, Magazines, books, Movies, filthy speech of others and any other wicked thing should be avoided.

Christian teens pay a high price when they allow foul and putrid things into their mind. Those impure thoughts will never be erased in this life time. They'll come back to plague you if you let them. It would be better if you NEVER ALLOWED THEM IN. So Stand Guard! In a Sinful Wicked world, You'll have to battle for Purity in your mind. So what's the best way to develop a Pure mind, the best way to surrender your mind to God?

Psalm 101:3 "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes"

Let God speak to you through His word the Bible.

Read it!

Memorize it!

Ponder it!

Take it into your heart!

Obey it!

Dwell on Pure things, Righteous things and godly, holy actions will follow.

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