Great Follow-up for Yesterday’s Sermon

The Blessings of Purity

Monday, May 30, 2011

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Genesis 39:7-9

I once heard the story of a young engaged couple who went to meet with the minister to sign some pre-wedding ceremony papers. While filling out the form, the boy read aloud a few questions. When he got to the last one, which read: “Are you entering this marriage at your own will?” he looked over at his fianc’e. “Put down ‘Yes,'” she said.

Many people in today’s world do not value marriage as God does. The world does not even see the necessity of marriage any more! Although the world tells us it is okay to be morally impure, God calls us to live a pure life in Him. God tells us that there are many blessings for staying pure in our marriage.

In our verses today, we see an example of a young man who resisted the temptation to become impure. Joseph had been sold into slavery and rejected by his family. He was in a distant country and was working for a man named Potiphar. While Joseph could have become bitter and turned his back on God, he remained faithful. He stayed morally pure even when he was tempted.

Even though Joseph went through a testing period when he was in jail, God blessed him for remaining morally pure. We can see how God blessed Joseph for his faithfulness. He was soon promoted to be a ruler over Egypt, and God helped him preserve the land during a famine. God blessed Joseph because he remained morally pure.

Even as God blessed Joseph, He will bless us as well. When we commit to moral purity, God promises to bless our homes. So many families today are being separated by unfaithfulness. As men and women fall to the sin of impurity, families are being destroyed. God promises to help sustain a marriage and guide a family as we commit to moral purity. As we focus on God and keep our hearts pure, He will help guide our family.

God also promises to bless us with joy. As we learned yesterday, the world seeks to fill our lives with temporary happiness. Our world is bent on enjoying entertainment and in seeking pleasure. But God tells us that this kind of happiness is not fulfilling. The only true source of joy is Christ.

Psalm 146:5 says, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” God tells us that as we seek Him and live in the power of His strength, we will find joy. While the world offers temporary pleasure, God offers us true joy as we stay morally pure.

Are you staying physically and mentally pure? God has promised to bless us as we stay pure. Don’t trade the entertainment and temporary happiness this world offers for the guidance and true joy found in Christ. Ask God to help you resist the devil’s temptations today. As we keep our focus on the Lord, we will be able to remain pure and will be able to enjoy the blessings God provides.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

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