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How Can a Man Keep His Way Pure?

Five key dimensions to striving for purity.

Kent Evans

on 10 August 2016

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His Precepts.
Living Water.
Do good.
Obey God.
Walk straight.
Walk in
the Spirit.

Put off.
Be sanctified.
Be battle ready.
Guard my thoughts
my eyes

Guard my heart
Christ = the Word.
Psa 119:9
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to
your word.
Col 3:16
Let the
word of Christ richly dwell
within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
2 Tim 3:16-17
scripture is inspired by God
and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Psa 119:11
I have
hidden your word

in my heart that
I might not sin against You.
Rom 6:6
that our old self was crucified with Him that our body of sin might be done away with that we should
no longer be slaves
to sin.
Eph 4:22-24
You lay aside the old self which is being corrupted in
accordance with the lusts of deceit and that you be
renewed in the spirit of your mind and
put on the new self
which is in the likeness
of God has been created in righteousness
and holiness of the truth.
Col 3:2-5,9,10
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things...therefore, consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed which amounts to idolatry...you laid aside the old self with its evil practices and have
put on the new self.
Psa 101:3
I will set no
worthless thing

before my eyes.
Matt 6:22
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be
full of light.
Matt 18:19
If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to
enter life
with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.
Prov 4:25
Let your eyes look
directly ahead
and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Psa 24:4
He who has
clean hands
and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.
Psa 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit
within me.
Phil 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on
these things.
Seek God.
Matt 6:33
seek first
His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Col 3:1
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep
seeking the things above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Psa 34:4
sought the Lord,
and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Matt 7:7
Ask, and it will be given to you;
and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Heb 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who
seek Him.
Stay near.
Eph 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been
brought near
by the blood of Christ.
Heb 7:19
the Law made nothing perfect..and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we
draw near
to God.
2 Cor 5:18-19
Now all these things are from God, who
to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and He has committed to us
the word of reconciliation.
2 Chr 15:2
Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are
with Him.
And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
James 4:7-8
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Col 1:22-23
He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach...and
not moved away
from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven...
Psa 145:18
Lord is near
to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
near [eggizō]
1) to bring near, to join one
thing to another
2) to draw or come near to,
to approach
Heb 9:14
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God?
Ezek 36:25
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you
from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
1 Cor 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work
of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
Eph 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for
good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
2 Tim 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be
adequate, equipped
for every good work.
Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds.
Gal 6:8-9
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in
doing good,
for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Col 1:9-10
...we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit
in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
1 Thes 2:12
...we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would
walk in a manner worthy
of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Luke 13:24
Strive to enter
through the narrow door;
for many, I tell you, will seek to enter
and will not be able.
Matt 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that
leads to life,
and there are few who find it.
Prov 4:27
Do not turn
to the right nor to
the left; turn your foot from evil.
Deut 5:32-33
So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall
not turn aside
to the right or to the left. You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.
Be different.
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world
nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Rom 12:1-2
I urge you...by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And
do not be conformed
to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Pet 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers

abstain from fleshly lusts
wage war against t
he soul.
1 Pet 1:14-16
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy
yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy."
Eph 4:1-2
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in
a manner worthy
of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love...
Col 3:12
So, as those who have been chosen of God,
holy and beloved,
put on a heart
of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...
1 Pet 5:5
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you,
clothe yourselves with humility
toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
John 15:1-11
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it
in the vine, so neither can you unless you
in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who
in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not
in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you
in Me, and My words
in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you;
in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will
in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that
your joy
may be made full.
Eph 6:10-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor
of God, so that you will be able to
stand firm
against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore,
take up the full armor
of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm
therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view,
be on the alert
with all perseverance and petition for all the saints...
Rom 13:12
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and
put on the armor of light.
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But
put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
2 Cor 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are
taking every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ...
Eph 5:11,15-16
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them...Therefore
be careful
how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
1 Pet 1:2
To those who...are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the
sanctifying work of the Spirit,
to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
1 Tim 4:4-5
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is
by means of the word of God and prayer.
Rom 6:19
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members
as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in
further lawlessness, so now present your members as
slaves to righteousness,
resulting in sanctification.
2 Tim 2:21
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified,
useful to the Master,
prepared for every good work.
Heb 10:10
By [God's] will
we have been sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
1 Thes 4:3-4,7
For this is the will of God,
your sanctification;
that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor...For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.
2 Thes 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through
sanctification by the Spirit
and faith in the truth.
Rom 15:16
...the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Eph 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having
cleansed her
by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
John 17:17
Sanctify them in the truth;
Your word
is truth.
1 Cor 6:11
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were
but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
1 Thes 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,
without blame
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are
not burdensome.
John 14:15
If you love Me, you will
My commandments.
2 John 6
this is love,
that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
1 John 3:24
The one who
keeps His commandments
abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and
make Our abode
with him."
John 15:10
If you
keep My commandments,
you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
1 John 2:6
...the one who says he abides in Him
ought himself to walk in
the same manner
as He walked.
1 Pet 1:23
...for you have been
born again
not of
seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is,
through the

living and enduring
word of God.
Jer 23:29
“Is not
My word like fire?”
declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?"
Rev 19:13
He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and
His name is
The Word
of God.
John 1:1-2,14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God...And

the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Pet 2:24
...and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might
die to sin
and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Matt 5:6
Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Phil 3:9
...and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the
righteousness which comes from God
on the basis of faith...
2 Cor 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the
harvest of your righteousness...
1 Tim 6:11
But flee from these things, you man of God, and
pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Heb 12:11
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have
been trained by it, afterwards it yields the
peaceful fruit
of righteousness.
1 John 2:29
If you know that He is righteous, you know
that everyone also who
practices righteousness
is born of Him.
Rom 6:13
...and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness
to God.
Phil 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more...having been filled with the
fruit of righteousness
which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Rom 8:10
If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the
spirit is alive
because of righteousness.
Gal 5:24-25
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus
crucified the flesh
with its passions
and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us
also walk by the Spirit.
Gal 5:16
But I say,
walk by the Spirit,
and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Rom 8:5-6,9,13
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is
life and peace...
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him...for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
John 16:13
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes,
He will guide you
into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
1 John 3:24
The one who
keeps His commandments
abides in Him, and He in him. We know
by this that He abides in us, by the
Spirit whom He has given us.
walk [stoicheō]
proceed in a row as the march of a soldier, go in order
2 Tim 2:19,21
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” Therefore, if anyone
cleanses himself
from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
Rom 6:22
But now having been
freed from sin
and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
1 Cor 7:23
You were bought
with a price;
do not become slaves of men.
1 Cor 6:18-20
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that
your body is a temple
of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
John 4:10,14
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God,
and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have
asked Him, and He would have given you
living water
...but whoever
drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that
I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 7:38
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said,
"From his innermost being will flow
rivers of living water."
Heb 6:7-8
For ground that
drinks the rain
which often falls
on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for
whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields
thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word.
James 4:7-8
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and
purify your hearts,
you double-minded.
Heb 10:22
let us draw near with a
sincere heart
in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of
the heart.
2 Tim 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a
pure heart.
2 Thes 3:5
May the Lord direct
your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.
1 Thes 3:12-13
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may
establish your hearts
without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
Luke 21:34
Be on guard,
so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap.
Prov 4:23
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the
springs of life.
Luke 6:45
The good man out of the good treasure of his
brings forth what is good.
Psa 119:9
Have you ever wondered how you can live a pure life? One free of bad motives, selfish interests and destructive behavior?
Feel free to skip this presentation.
For the rest of us, we could use some help.
I looked to the Bible for answers.

Not surprisingly, it has quite a bit
to say on the subject.
Three things to consider before you dive in.
As that scripture stated, without God's word, living a pure life is impossible.
He wants to speak to you
through His word. Listen for Him.
This question is posed and answered in
Psalm 119:9. How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to
your word.
Therefore, we must
know His word
in order to live a pure life. I hope this presentation helps you know that word and aim your heart toward purity. Be blessed.
I organized a treasure trove of scriptures behind five key verbs:
Grab a cup of coffee and a notepad.
Click through the scriptures.
Be open to what God might reveal to you about your own heart, motives and habits.
Guard. Chase. Abide. Apply. Drink.
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