Let’s face it; there are many temptations for us to fall into sin. In fact the earth itself is groaning under the curse of the fall. Just turning on the TV and daring to fall asleep you can wake up to something you never intended at all to watch! How can Christians live upright, moral lives with so many temptations? The Bible gives some guidance in this area:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. –Psalm 119:9
Mac Brunson, the pastor at First Baptist Church of Jacksonvillesaid as I was listening to one of his sermons that when referring to young men, Paul meant 60 and under and older men he meant those over 60. As a 45 year old man feeling just about every one of my years that made me feel better but the point here is that when speaking of young men, we are not just talking about teenagers or those in their 20’s . Now the word given in Psalm 119 is a little different, it refers not only to a lad or youth but also a servant (Strongs OT 5288).
And as we think of living clean and getting clean the first step of course is salvation, where all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17) but after that we see her we need to make a decision: Are we going to take heed, in other words not just listen to but do, what God’s Word commands? Let me show the next two verses of this Psalm:
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. –Psalm 119:10-11
There is more here than a simple acknowledgment about the Bible and following God. The Psalmist here speaks of following with his whole heart. It reminds me of another young man in the Bible who “Purposed in his heart not to defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).
Living clean takes a conscience decision to do so and a desire above all else to please and serve God. I may require effort on our part, OK; it will require effort on our part to do this. Look at the last verse, memorizing scripture so we do not sin.
Remember Jesus in the wilderness how He combated the devils temptation with scripture. He is our example in this who in all ways He was temped as we yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) He lived clean in a sinful world and we need to follow His example a He did in Matthew 4:
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. –Matthew 4:1-4
After three times, the devil departed. We need to realize that when the temptation comes, one victory is not enough. We need to stay on constant guard, ever vigilant because our enemy is a roaring lion seeking to devour you. Also you know Jesus just spoke the word, He did not need time to search the scrolls to find what He was looking for, He knew what to say and so do we. That is why Bible memorizaion is just as important to adults as for kids.
I know we are not perfect as Jesus but that is why God gave us a brain, so we can memorize and have our Sword, the Word of God, ready to use and combat the devil when the time comes. That is one secret of living clean in a dirty world.
Just something to think about.