As God's children, we are called to be holy. Pursuing purity in everything is essential for our walk with God.
If a person thinks that he or she can earn salvation or go to heaven by following a set of rules, that person is completely wrong. That is legalism, not Christianity. A person who never believed that Salvation is by Grace alone, is not Saved.
Salvation is a gift and we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone. That doesn't make Grace cheap. Sin is very costly. It costed the precious, Holy blood of God's only Son.
We are made saints by being washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and not by any good works of our own. We are made righteous only by faith in God, not by works. However, God calls us to holiness. We are asked to imitate Christ and strive for perfection, though we will not be perfectly sinless as long as we are in the flesh on earth. We must be the salt and light of the earth, illuminating unbelievers to Christ.
If you read through the Old Testament events, you will see people of God disobeying God over and over again and God chastening them and bringing them back to Him, out of His loving kindness. This is the character of God. He is Holy and hates Sin.
1 Peter 1:16
“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
So, how to be holy? Here are a few ways to live a Pure life for Christ.
The Word of God is so powerful and acts as a sword against the Devil. Scriptures are God breathed and has the Power of God in it. Satan cannot withstand that Power. When Jesus was tempted, what was His weapon to chase the Devil away? Scriptures.
Memorizing scriptures is a great way to fill your heart and mind with Jesus. You will see that when you keep memorizing and meditating in God's Word everyday, you will have no room for wrong thoughts. If you feed yourself with God's Word, the devil cannot feed you with his lies. It was when Eve dis-regarded God's Word that the devil deceived her.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Matthew 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
John 6:63 - It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Speak to God about everything and have a close relationship with Him. As you move closer and closer to God, the devil will move farther and farther from you. We cannot do anything good by our own power. We need God to live, to move, to work, to love and for everything. Humbly seek His help everyday, without fail.
Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Luke 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
We can hear tons of sermons on how to be holy as a Christian and still live like the world, if we do not act in faith, driven by the love of the Jesus. We are called to Walk the Christian Life and be the Salt that doesn't lose its favour. We are created for good works that Glorify God. As Children of Light, we are to live a Set Apart life in this dark world. When God calls you to share the Gospel with someone, start a ministry, take some risks, change your job, start a new business etc. by Faith in Him, don't delay. Get up and Go.
Starting today, let us do our best to be holy as He is holy, even as we show the world that we belong to a Holy and perfect God.