The Process of PURITY
No study of revival is complete without a discussion of purity, for it features prominently in history’s accounts. Unfortunately though, the word ‘purity’ is one that is accompanied by much ‘baggage’ including judgment and self-condemnation. It is therefore important to re-appropriate the word ‘purity.’
‘Purity’- the noun used to name something that has the characteristic of being pure – is obviously not a word that as sinners, we use to describe ourselves. As sinners saved by grace though, it is a good name for the character development in us that occurs when we accept Christ’s work on the cross and submit to the Holy Spirit’s work within us.
One of the most encouraging findings of studying revivals such as the Holiness Revival (go ahead and google it!) is that purity is clearly not due to human effort but rather the result of people falling in love with a Holy God and being genuinely changed in character.
That said, God’s development of purity within us is a process, not an event. It is not generally characterised by lightning bolts and miraculous character change, although it can be and has been. Usually, God develops purity in us through the process of time.
And hence there is really only one thing for us to do, as we begin to consider ‘purity’ in the light of revival: commit to the process.
CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME.
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)