TITUS 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
PROVERBS 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
1 TIMOTHY 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
A picture speaks a thousand words, and this photo of my life before Christ, before being born again, is enough to say it all. My heart was darkened, my perspective of love was defiled, as defiled and my perverted conscience, that would never have hoped for purity, for holiness, for all those things were beyond my ability to perceive as any sort of reality. The god of this world had blinded my mind, and the veil of sin filtered every thought, ever notion of possibility. I was spiritually deaf, dumb and blind in my mind's eye.
The most beautiful thing about my conversion encounter with the Holy Spirit 11/2014: being WASHED in forgiveness.... that perfect forgiveness only found in JESUS CHRIST, HIS atoning blood, after being drawn by HIS grace, kindness and mercy that leads to repentance. It was such a tangible extreme of being rescued from the dominion of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of LIGHT! My conscience was suddenly wiped clean by the Blood of the Lamb and a thirst for GOD and HIS WORD overtook me. The Lights were suddenly on, and I was finally home- in HIM. HE had given me a new heart, an ongoing and growing desire for holiness, righteousness and godliness. My thoughts became set on what is pure, what is lovely, what is honest, what is CLEAN. I believed the TRUTH and found life in HIS Words, and the TRUTH had set me FREE!!!
Set your mind on things above, not the things of this earth... Not drama, not controversy, not chaos, not wickedness... but it seems the fact of the matter is that the "Body" of believers is infested with many whom are yet in darkness, but say they are in the Light, but do lie. So many yet obsessed with ungodliness, darkness, delighting in unfruitful distractions from peace and REST. There is no rest for the wicked, saith the LORD. They will continue to wrestle, unable to come to knowledge of the TRUTH, unable to enter HIS rest, for they are defiled and unbelieving in what HE truly accomplished on that cross.
May we not seek to partake in their sins and rebellion, may we guard our hearts, our minds, our ears, and our eyes.... and remember Lot's wife. If HE can cleanse me from all my deeds of darkness and ungodly perversions, HE can sure do it for any who seek HIM with all their heart, mind and soul.
PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.