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PURITY IN YOUTH, PART 2

April 9th, 2014 | By admin

By Katt Anderson

Last week we talked about Purity In Youth. We discussed living by God’s Word, seeking God, don’t wander from God’s Word and treasure God’s Word. Today we’ll talk more about what we as Christians must do.

Do you realize that any sin is a sin against God? We think we don’t hurt anyone when we sin, but we do. We hurt God. Sins hurt us, but God is also hurt. A good example of this is the parable we call, “The Prodigal Son” in Luke 15:11-32. This young man took the blessings of his father and went out into the world. He lived on the wild side, and finally realized it was wrong. He came back home and asked his father’s forgiveness. Who had he hurt besides himself? His father and brother. Today when we sin, we hurt God, our father, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We should learn from God’s Word. Psalms 119:11 has been highlighted in my Bible. It reads, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Do you have God’s word in your heart? We should want to study and learn God’s Truths. Each time I read the Bible, I’m amazed at what new wisdoms I find.

After we have studied God’s Word, we must teach it. You’re thinking you can’t do it, aren’t you? Well, anyone can teach. Of course you can do personal Bible teaching, but you can also study the Bible with other people in a group. You can hand out tracks. I know we have a lot of them at church that most people never use. If you keep a few in your purse or notebook, you’ll be prepared to give them to someone. Who knows, just one track can make a difference in someone’s life. You can also help with Bible correspondences. Teaching through helping grade them and making comments that will inform and encourage the person taking the course.

Everyone needs to understand the true riches in life. What we have is not permanent. It can all be replaced, but our soul goal of heaven cannot be replaced, except by sin. When you’re a Christian, you’re the richest person on earth. So many people think money is important. It is to pay our bills and eat, but what about God’s riches? God has blessed us more than we can ever know. Here on earth, people use their riches as a “show.” They want people to think they have a lot and are important. Give me the humble Christian any day. When you have God’s riches, you are the richest person on earth!

The Christian must have the right attitude toward God’s Word. Do you keep your Bible ready to use? I have several Bibles I use. The one I keep in my office is filled with hand written notes, underlined passages and corners turned down. I love to use that Bible. It stays close at hand. Yes, I have a nice Bible I take to church and I have Bibles downloaded on my Kindle and tablet, but this one in my office is my favorite. Why? I know where everything is. I use it regularly. I respect it and all the others because they are the Word of God.

May God bless you richly in your study of His Word.

 


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