Dare to be Undefiled - How to live a life of Purity Print E-mail

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Daniel 1:8 - "But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the King's choice foods or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself."

 
The word Defile means "Unclean" or "Stained".
 
Did you ever see the movie "Bubble Boy"?  It's about this guy that has lived in a plastic bubble his whole life because he was allergic to everything, so he lived in a pure, undefiled, clean plastic bubble: that way he would never get hurt or be exposed to something that might hurt him.
 
Some times as a Christian I think to be put in a plastic bubble might be the only practical way for me to stay "undefiled" by the world. But then I wouldn't be  able to be "Salt and Light" - Matthew 5:13-14
So the question is how can I stay "Pure", "Undefiled", and "Clean" in a world that is pushing for me to just conform to it's impurity?
 
 
HERE ARE THREE PRACTICAL WAYS.
 
Think of Daniel's situation he was a young man between the age of 12 and 17.  He was a captive of a foreign country far from his home.  Can you see yourself in this?  I can.  I'm young and in a place that is like a foreign country to me since my real home that I want to be at is heaven.
 
1. - Decide - Daniel 1:8 - "But Daniel made his mind that he wouldn't defile himself with the kings choice foods or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself."
 
It was a choice of his will.  How did Daniel know what was right? Because he was in constant communication with God  (Daniel 6:13 - " But Daniel keeps making his petition to God three times a day.")  He knew the will of God and lined his own will up with it.  So if it was not a choice that would be approved by Daniel's awesome Lord.  He would not compromise to it.
 
2. - Depend on God - That sounds so cliche' to me to say, "I've heard it all my life."  But I've never quite understood what it means or how to depend on God.  The word is such an awesome picture.  It can mean: pay attention to, regard, inner most being, plaster over.  OK, think about those words.  I need to pay attention to Christ - with Him and His Will.  My dependence to Him needs to come from my inner most being.  I need to regard Him.  The Scripture says:
 
"Don't be wise in your eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil." - Proverbs. 3:6-7
 
"Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God." - Eph. 6: 10-11a 
Can you see how these verses are challenging us to regard and pay attention to Him from our inner most being?  Well they are!
 
3. - Desires - It's so easy for me to "pretend" that I only desire stuff that brings glory to God and honors Christ all the time, but I would be totally faking it and lying.  For so long, and still more often than it should, what I desired or wanted is and was based on my feelings (which change more often than Jessica Simpson's hair styles).
 
I was so wrong to think that my feelings should decide what I desired, because the word "desire" can actually mean "Passionate longing".  The word is used in Scripture as so much more than a passing feeling.  It is used as a great earnest longing.  That is what desire means; it's a "Passionate longing."
 
We need to have a passionate longing for Christ and the things that glorify and honor Him in order to live an uncompromising and pure life.
 
"But I say walk in the spirit and you won't fulfill the desires of the flesh." - Gal. 5:16
"My heart's desire and my prayer to God for them are for their salvation." - Rom.10:1
"Yet earnestly desire spiritual gifts." - 1 Cor. 14:1
"Go now, the men among you, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desire." - Ex 10:11
 
 
APPLICATION:
This is what I'll end with.  This is one of THE MOST challenging verses to me - it says,
 
"Now flee from youthful lusts and PURSUE righteousness, faith, love and peace WITH those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." - 2 Timothy 2:22
 
 
This verse doesn't even have 30 words in it, but it is one that day after day challenges me more and more.  It's because that word FLEE is used of a fugitive running after escaping. He doesn't look back, he doesn't slow down wondering if he should return.  He runs like crazy to get away at pretty much any cost.
 
That is the first step on the road to a pure life.
FLEE don't look back at your dead life of sin and comprise and wonder if it's worth giving up.  Don't keep hanging around your "friends" that push you into physical and spiritual impurity.  Don't sit on the fence
between Deciding to conform to God's will, Depending on God, Desiring Christ and a life of impurity, defilement, and compromise.
 
So many of us have become so dull in our Christian walk that it's not that big a deal to let things defile or stain us.  That's not how we're called to live. We are called to FLEE those things and call on the Lord from a pure heart.  We are not called to do this alone but we're called to stand with others who ALSO call from a PURE heart - something we can't do if we're sitting on the fence letting our old life defile us.