Seeking God: The Way to Kingdom Purity
Written By: Khalei Suol
There are many men and women of God who speak to me on a personal level; one of them is Paul. I believe it’s an impossibility to have an honest discussion on purity and the pursuit of God without considering the life of Paul.
Paul’s track record was one rooted in murder, the targeted hate of Gods children, and demonic mind warping. However, we know Paul best, not as his dead self, but as a General in the army of God.
We know that God will use anyone and when no one is available he will cause nature itself to do his work. This truth is evident in the story of Elijah; when there was no person to feed the prophet, God caused ravens to deliver him food. Thus, when God sees fit, and you are under the right series of covenants, there is no force which can stop you from doing his work (or stop his work from being done).
In order to be used by God Paul had to go through a series of stages which cleansed him of filth, prior life trauma, and the actions of his dead self. Thus, allowing him to be used by God at his full capacity.
In 1 Timothy 6, Paul is writing to Timothy and states the following in vs 11-12 (NLT), “But you Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.”. Paul began this passage by speaking to the God in Timothy. Paul, through word covenants, reminded Timothy of his righteousness which he attained through living a Godly life.
How are these things related? Purity is deemed as freedom from adulteration or contamination; related to cleanness and virtue. Thus, in order to be in pursuit of righteousness, which is the quality of being morally right or justifiable; one must encounter and be cleansed of, all unclean things.
As someone who’s encountered the actions of his dead self, I will warn you that you have no idea how filthy you are until God himself begins to wash you. This is not a “clean” that comes from “adding bleach to a wash”. Bleach does not remove the filth; it simply removes the color and allows the filth to blend in with the garment. Thus, bleach is a way of making a garment look clean at a surface level by removing the color. God’s purity is a purity which removes the very fibers of the cloth (which is you and I) and finds the microscopic dirt unseen by human eyes. This cleaning shakes the very foundation of who you are. At times it feels like part of you is missing. Not because any of you has been taken away, but because the life you were operating in prior to Christ attempted to make you think you belonged there. Hell’s goal is to make you believe the sin you’ve been attacked by (or willingly operate in) is who you are.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMPC) reads, “For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power [Making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of the joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and shifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
As we reflect on this passage, we can come to an understanding of the power found by reading the word of God. Which speaks specially to our period of cleansing. It is no coincidence that the word of God is referred to as being “Full of power”, “Shaper than any two-edged sword”, and “Penetrating to the dividing line”. In order for purity to occur there has to be a separation (A Dividing of) the actions, ways, thoughts, feelings, and judgements of your old self so that your new self can operate at the capacity Heaven created you to operate in.
After Paul discovered his Kingdom purpose, he spent three years studying the word of God. This is solidified in Galatians 1:18-20. What I found interesting about Paul’s time in study was that he didn’t run to a group of people, a school, a religious institution, or a pastor. Paul made a cognitive decision to pursue God in those years and the work he did after was a testament to the time he spent with God. Thus, we can assert that in the three years Paul isolated himself with God he was made pure and usable by God. It is important to note that Paul was not in complete isolation in those three years, he was spending time with men of God as directed by the spirit.
So, what should we do when we want our purity restored to us? Do what all the disciples of Christ have been instructed to do by referencing the following:
Proverbs 4:7- Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.
Proverbs 3:5,6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (MSG)- “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you” –God’s Decree—“Bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.”.
Purity in heart (mind), emotions, and intentions are granted to us through a true pursuit of God. It is during said pursuit that God will grant you the wisdom and understanding, of yourself and others, so that you can navigate the change happening within you (Proverbs 4:7). Likewise, during this process you will encounter ever shifting emotional patterns, spiritual warfare, earthly aggravation, and possible (demonic) spiritual intimidation. Hence, the need to stand firm on Proverbs 3:5-6 by trusting in the Lord with all of your faculties not in your own understanding but in the understanding granted by God. Finally, in the times where you feel lost, broken, hurt, judged, lied on, lied about, and alone continue to look for God (Jeremiah 29:13-14). This is the only way you will make it through.
Purity causes you to standout and not because you want to be seen. You look different, act different, speak different, and function differently. You see, when God himself has cleaned you, your purity shines much like the face of Moses after communing with God (Exodus 34:29-35). You quite literally glow and when the light in you shines, it is a testament to the time you’ve spent with God; and more importantly a demonstration of God’s power on earth. As your brother in Christ, I charge you to press toward the mark which is Jesus Christ. You are not alone, all of Heaven is watching over God’s word to be performed in your life. Press and our Father will greet you with the full might of Heaven.