“Rarity of Purity” is an animation I created, and my wife Denise colored, as a way to visualize the concept of purity. It is artwork that is available as a limited edition of only one on the SuperRare market for rare digital art. As a needed attribute for humankind, purity has become more and more scarce these days. Therefore it seemed only fitting to issue this rare artwork about purity on an art platform called SuperRare. Yet regardless of how scarce purity is thought of by the rest of the world, still we would all greatly benefit from seeking purity, finding purity, and maintaining a pure life.
Most people want or even expect purity from other people as well as other sources outside of themselves. For instance, we expect our water to be pure. We seek the cleanest beaches. We desire that the air we breathe be pure. When we buy a brand new phone, we expect it to be clean (pure)… without any viruses. Yet what about our own selves? Do we behave toward others in a way that is pure, clean, without blemish? Do we regard people with purity?
If you are like most people, you have had periods in your life where you did not lead a pure life. Many people have periods of gross impurity that is even shameful to mention in public–self included. Moreover, many are still stuck in such behavior, with no clue how to love a life of purity.
This is where a relationship with God comes in. Following the example of purity that Jesus lays out is the definitive way to be pure in this dark world. I started on this path 20 years ago this very month, and it is the best and most purifying decision I have ever made.
Sadly though, telling people this truth, that they must follow Jesus to be pure, is not the end of the matter. People still need to put what the Bible says about purity into practice. A select and gifted few can do this without further urging. But most will need a guide, and a lot of accountability.
This is where Dr. Raul Moreno’s remarkable book comes in. It is called “A Battle That Even Kings Lost: Winning Your Own Battle For Sexual Purity.” Specifically written as a Bible study guide that details major insights from the scriptures, it effectively teaches on purity. It is a book that every teenager and adult should take to heart. In fact, I am convinced that if everyone put this book into practice, there would be no divorce, no promiscuity, and no sexual abuse. It’s written in very practical terms and full of practical lessons that compel each reader to increase their focus on living a pure life that honors God. Examples from the life of Israel’s King David, as well as Solomon, Joseph, Samson, and many others (including the author’s own life) are presented to help us relate and overcome our own personal struggle for consistent and godly purity.
Reading its 242 down-to-earth pages, I have come to have even more conviction about living a life of absolute purity. That means many things that incorporate constant self discipline. This includes treating people as dear souls rather than pieces of meat to lust over. While this concept, in and of itself is a deep practice to be applied, the book goes much deeper, and attentive readers benefit from being led in this way.
At the core of purity, Dr. Moreno does a fantastic job of directly linking our relationship with God back to how much we value living a life free from immoral and impure behaviors. And at the core of this, is our fear of God. In fact, chapter 7 is aptly entitled, “Delight in the Fear of the Lord.” Raul make the solid case that our love for God is inseparable from our fear of God. Yes, on the surface this sounds a little contradictory. Yet the book puts forward Deuteronomy 10:12-13 as fitting evidence to support this truth.
“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”
As Dr. Moreno wisely elaborates, a person can’t truly love God unless they also fear him. And a person cannot fear God unless they also love him. For many, I realize that further explanation might be needed. Good. That is precisely what the book does so well. It grabs one point and just keeps hammering away at it. So get this book at https://amzn.to/2DEq14o, read it, apply it, and you will be forged into a new person, equipped to effectively win the battle that even kings lost!