There's a verse that almost haunts me these last couple days and it's a verse I committed to memory a while ago that goes like this "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)
It's a verse that challenges the very core of who I am. The verse that calls to a higher standard. For this verse says it's not enough to act nice like a Christian, it's not enough even to talk kindly at all times, but that God expects my thoughts to be pure and holy.
This verse is when I start to see the ten commandments in a new light and I fall prostrate on my face before a King and plead "I'm a dirty scandal Father save me from this selfish body." Christ calls us to mature and grow in Him and He judges our most inward thoughts that no one else can see nor understand.
But then the Lord reminds me of Psalm 119:9 which I had written across my dorm whiteboard which states "How can a young man (woman) keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."
When I look at the world around me these days I see a lot of terrifying things. I see a lot of hatred, a lot of envy, pain, I see impurity. I see the Devil prowling about like a roaring lion seeking to devour men with his pleas of sexual immorality, lust, and pornography. But the Devil doesn't just target men who God created to be spiritual leaders but He makes woman selfish, destroys trust, creates fantasies and idols, teaches us lies that destroy and degrade value. The Devil knows that our thoughts create our actions, and our actions pattern to form our habits, and our habits eventually become what we are known by (character).
This is why Christ says we must be reborn. From the inside out, He must strip away the old and make us new and whole and pure. When God creates us, there will still be scars and marks from the past, but there will be an unmarked freedom, a change of character. And we must also expect a change of thoughts. But how can we be like Christ when Satan is out to get us and this world is a cold place. How can we be like Christ friends if we are not in the Word of God?
John 17:17 says "Make them holy (or sanctify them) by your truth; your word is truth. The Devil is a scandal and we know He is full of lies. But Christ's love has the power to release us from any negative or unpure thoughts. This Christmas I challenge you to get into the Word of God and pray for His Spirit to come and dwell in your hearts filling you up so that no evil can remain within you. Friends we must prepare, we must come to Jesus to be cleansed, for soon and very soon we are going to see the King.