Building MY Legacy
Pillar 6 – PURITY
If this pillar is not secure it will affect your legacy!
“Purity is the gate keeper for everything precious and blissful in God’s Kingdom.” – Erik Ludy
Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Man flows at once to God when the channel of Purity is open.”
– Henry. D. Thoreau
The concept of purity isn’t a big hit at bike jols, pubs, ball games or boardrooms.
But where God is concerned Purity means the difference between being connected or disconnected from Him.
Titus 1:15-16(Amp) – 15To the pure, all things are pure; but to the corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure’ both their mind and their conscience are corrupted. 16They profess to know God [to recognize and be acquainted with Him], but by their actions they deny and disown Him. They are detestable and disobedient and worthless for *good work of any kind.
*2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV) – Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
If you are going to build a lasting legacy, then:
That connection with God matters because we are blessed and transformed in His presence.
Apart from that transformation that takes place in His presents –we are on our own.
That’s why the Psalmist declared:
Psalm 24:3-5(NLT) – 3Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. 5They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their Saviour.”
A legacy minded person takes personal purity seriously
This possibly one of the main areas where Satan attaches most lives.
Something that needs our constant urgent attention is:
Clean hands and a Pure heart because it’s the recipe to connect with God on a regular basis.
Clean Hands: Represents the things we touch and do with our lives
A Pure Heart: Represents what we love. Is our heart filled with affection for God and His people.
Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV) – 37Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will wall you soul and will all your mind. 38This is the first and greatest commandment.”
I think most times when we hear the word “PURITY” it gets linked to sexual sin- adultery, fornication, immorality, pornography etc.
It is that and so much more but it also has to do with the motives of the heart.
Maybe your heart is filled with *greed, *envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, gossip or *lying
Greed – A strong wish to continuously get more. Never satisfied with what you have.
Envy – Wanting what others have
*Revelation 21:8 (NIV) – But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars- they will be consigned to the fiery lake of sulfur. This is the second death.”
Isaiah 35:8 (NIV) – And a highway will be there’ it will be called the Way of Holiness’ it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV) – 11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warning for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
The Israelites progressed by various stages to the Promised Land.
Slavery in Egypt was a type of being part of the world.
Coming out of Egypt was a type of redemption or justification.
The journey through the wilderness was a type of Sanctification (Set apart unto God)
And entering into the Promised Land was a type of salvation.
We see several clear steps in this process
Question: Which took the longest time?
Answer: Their sanctification.
They came out rejoicing: “Yeah! We are free, everything is fine. This is going to be just great.”
But where did they do all their crying?
Where did they go hungry?
Where did they experience pain?
Where did they have their greatest tests?
Where did they fail?
In the Wilderness, in the type of sanctification (a place of purifying)
Hebrews 4:1-2 (NIV) – Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, le us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
Our whole journey is a journey of Purity
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV) – Therefore, since we have these promises dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (*The fear of God)
A legacy will be built on PURITY
2 Timothy 2:20-22 (NIV) – 20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
I want to encourage you:
Stop being ashamed of how many times you may have failed / fallen and made mistakes.
Start focusing on how to build a great future.
The best gift you can give yourself is forgiveness and move on to the greatest things God has for you.
Don’t let your past become your stumbling block.
1 John 1:9 (NIV) – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:1-2 (NIV) – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.