The word cleanses us spiritually.  When I think of this, I think of Psalm 119:9. How can a young person stay on the path of purity?  By living according to your Word.  I know the psalmist uses the word “young” in this scripture.  I personally think it pertains to anyone who is trying to live a life of purity!

Whenever you think of living a pure life, it seems pretty impossible.  Thank God for the second part of verse 9 by living “according to your Word.”  I’m glad we do not have to an in-depth Bible study to figure out what the psalmist is talking about.  Verse 10, I seek you with all my heart:  to seek God with all your heart, to desire after Him, to want Him, God over everything!

Psalm119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity …by living

according to your Word

Ephesians 5:25b,26 Cleanse (us) with the washing of water by the Word

We can see this in the last part of Ephesians 6:6, doing the will of God from your heart. What does this look like?  For me, in my own life, by putting God over everything.  It allowed Him to cleanse me of alcoholism!  I can remember, one night in particular when I had set out to deliberately get drunk.  I knew I had some guys praying for me, and I had been doing some reading of the Word.  That night God change the taste of alcohol in my mouth!  As God’s Word increased inside of me, it started cleansing me of the impure inside.

As I continue to put God over everything, to include my marriage. It allows me to love my wife in a deeper way.  Ephesians 5:25-26 says, “Husbands love your wife, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s Word.”

Putting God over everything helps me in my everyday walk.  Daily reading from His word, daily listening to worship music, having daily prayer time.  This helps me stay full of God’s love and His Word.  This allows me to pour out into other people.  I can pour out without fear of not being filled backed up.  I know that I will be in the gym listening to some Christian music, or in my truck listening to my Bible app.  I love what it says in Philippians 2:15 that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault living in a warped and crooked generation.”


Anthony Wood