II Corinthians 7:1; "HAVING THEREFORE these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God".
We as believers need to cleanse ourselves from every sin of the body and spirit. How do we do this? We take ourselves away from every form of sin and ungodly compromise and we have to resist the desires of the flesh by putting to death the sinful deeds of the body. We need to continually hate these sins.
Hebrews 12:2; "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God". Our eyes should be looking to Jesus. Jesus is the source of strength, love, grace, mercy, and help. Jesus will help us to overcome temptation and suffering. He will help us to complete the work God has called us to do.
We learn these things by reading and studying the Bible. Our eyes should be on the Bible, reading and studying the Word continually. By doing this we learn what God wants us to know about being a Christian and what He wants us to do with our life.
We need to be looking for lost souls. John 4:35; "...Life up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white and already to harvest". We need to go out and help the lost find Jesus.
We also need to be careful of the movies and TV shows we watch. So shows are so full of violence and sex. There are shows out there that are for families and you can find shows that portray love, comedy, or stories of a wonderful happy life.
I Timothy 4:7; "But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness". We should not listen to gossip. We may be hearing something that isn't really true or it may lead us to do ungodly things. Instead we should be open to Jesus' word. Luke 10:39; "And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word". We may hear the Lord giving us a message on what we should be doing. What is more precious than Jesus speaking?
James 1:26; "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain". We should always watch what we say and also how we say something to someone.
I Timothy 2:1; "I EXHORT therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men"; If we are busy with prayer and giving thanks it will be good and acceptable in the sight of God and we won't have to worry about saying things that ought not to be said.
Ephesians 4:29; "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers". I think this verse speaks for itself.
Mark 5:20; "And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel". When we have good things in our mind and speak them we have no time for things that are not good in God's sight.
Ephesians 4:28; "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thin which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth". Our hands are very important. Some people steal because it is something they want but they are not really in need of it. We should never take something that doesn't belong to us. Someone else may and probably did work very hard for it. We need to work and help the person in need.
Exodus 3:5; "And he said, Draw nigh hither: put off your shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground". We should never go where there is ungodliness. We need to make sure our feet take us to places where God is. It is better to go to a church than to go to a bar where there is drinking, cursing, and smoking. At church there are Christians there you can fellowship with and have clean fun.
Psalm 51:10; "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me". A clean heart will hate sin and with a renewed spirit will desire to do the will of God. It is only God that can make us a new creature and restore us to true godliness. We need to be pleasers of God and not men.
Ephesians 2:10; "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them". Our bodies need to be clean and pure for our Lord. Our desire and prayer needs to be to live a life of holiness and to be acceptable to God. We need to draw closer to God and separate ourselves from the world. Our bodies should be presented to God as dead to sin.
I Corinthians 6:19; "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own"? Since our body is the home of the Holy Ghost it must never be defile by any impurity or evil, whether by immoral thoughts, desires, deeds, or things we see. We must live in a way that will glorify and be pleasing to God.
Are we living a life that is worshipping, obeying, taking His side against sin, standing for righteousness, resisting and hating evil? Do we perform works of kindness to others, are we serving the Lord, and are we being filled continually with the Holy Spirit?
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!