Denying the sinful nature and living by the Spirit through wholehearted submission to God.
• To be 100% submitted to God and obedient to all of His commandments.
• To crucify the sinful nature daily by not feeding it, not even a little bit.
• To feed the Spirit only positive things through what you watch, listen to, meditate on.
• To let your light shine in every area by maintaining a pure Christian lifestyle.
• To commit to being self-controlled in every area.
• To abstain from hypocrisy by ensuring purity is maintained in your private and public lifestyle.
Key Scriptures on Spiritual Purity
Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
1 John 3:9
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
Who can say “I have kept my heart pure. I am clean and without sin”?
I cannot stress enough the importance of spiritual purity. Spiritual purity is not only the foundation upon which all the other areas of purity are fixed, it is also the culmination of all the other areas. In other words, no one can be pure in any area unless he or she is spiritually pure first. While spiritual purity is an invisible condition, the product of spiritual purity can be observed through a person’s lifestyle: by what they say, what they do, and by how closely they reflect Jesus Christ, if at all. In fact, in Mark 7:21-23 Jesus gives us a description of spiritual impurity: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexually immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” This proves how critical spiritual purity is.
Spiritual purity begins with Jesus Christ. We were all born into sin, which means we all have sinful natures that we are enslaved to from birth. So as sinners, slaves to the sinful nature, it is impossible to be spiritual pure. In fact sinfulness is spiritual impurity. It is only when a sinner comes to Jesus Christ and wholeheartedly submits his or her life to Him, that He is then free to enter his or her heart and cleanse it of their spiritual impurity. Then the Holy Spirit of God has a clean place in which to dwell, and He takes up residence in us. So it is through Christ that we are made pure, but from that moment forward it is our responsibility to be led by the Spirit within us and refrain from all sin in order to remain pure. The fact is that everyone will either be subservient to the Spirit or their sinful nature. There is no middle ground, no jumping back and forth; it is one or the other. We decide which one we obey by which one we continue to feed.
I also must stress the importance of maintaining spiritual purity in the areas that are often overlooked. These are the areas of privacy (what you think about, feed on, and indulge in when you are alone) and technology, particularly what you watch, listen to, and how you interact on social media. You must always keep in mind that private sin is still sin! And anything sinful that you absorb, practice, promote, support, or defend through technology and social media is still sin. So for example, we can’t portray ourselves to be holy Christians in person, but on social media we’re “liking” photos of half-naked men or women, we’re posting half-naked photos of ourselves in provocative poses, we’re “liking” pages dedicated to sinfulness, we’re changing our profile pictures to support sinfulness such as homosexuality, we’re chastising Christians in an effort to silence them from exposing sinfulness, and we’re posting and commenting on things that are directly contrary to God’s word. That’s hypocrisy, and true Christians aren’t hypocrites. Likewise, we can’t portray ourselves as holy Christians when others are around, and then go home and get drunk, get high, watch pornography, and masturbate as though it’s okay to sin because we’re alone. That’s hypocrisy, and true Christians aren’t hypocrites. It’s never okay to sin, and we’re never truly alone because God is always with us and He’s always watching. I understand that some of these things may not seem like a big deal, but Scripture tells us there must not be “even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity” among us. This means the “little things” are big things to God. If we are to achieve spiritual purity, we must consistently and fervently abstain from every sin even in its smallest forms and earliest stages.