|Posted by Brenda Lawrence on May 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM|
Remaining Pure – James 1:26-27
by Mark Brown
James 1:26-27: If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (New King James)
The more time I spent in this reading the more I found myself amazed. The timing of me reading this is absolutely perfect. Its timing is wondrous!
The word ‘religious’ (this particular word only used a handful of times in the Bible) is about something that is done regularly with the aim of strengthening faith in God. And here I am beginning my 2010 Constantly Seeking God Challenge – a regular activity aimed at massively growing my faith!
Not only that but as always happens when my faith is growing, the attacks of the enemy increase and the temptation to sin increases. In making the decision to seriously grow my faith I know I need to be on guard against the enemies attacks. As James says I need to bridle, to control my tongue: my actions and thoughts; otherwise I am deceiving my own heart, which in the greek means to be seduced into error.
The James reading challenges me to make my daily walk with God pure and undefiled. And I seek this purity, katharos in the greek, which is to be clear from guilt, to be upright and virtuous. And thanks to the death of Christ on the cross my sins are taken away – I am made pure and clean from guilt! YES!
I so want to be pure, and through Jesus I can be. I can be totally free of guilt Start a new year with a new heart ready to serve, ready to care for those who have little power and are struggling (represented by orphans and widows), and determined not to live my life as the world would have it, but to live my life under the authority of Christ. And this is a constant journey. Not once a week on Sunday mornings, or when I remember, but I seek to keep myself pure every moment of the day. God you are with me now, and every moment of the day!