Missionaries: 1 Year Anniversary

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Missionaries: 1 Year Anniversary
Quotes on Purity

By Selma Komisky

Purity means being holy and set apart, but we can’t do that without Jesus. This year, I had the opportunity to talk with beautiful missionaries all over the world. They shared their ups and downs on the subject and it was ultimately their desire to encourage you with their stories. So, I wanted to post some of their rich and wise quotes on purity. I hope this encourages you.

· Dedicated in memory of my friend, Marilyn Gibbs

“God is faithful and patience pays! Wait on the Lord!”

– Ruth Deam (Kenya, Africa)
“Seeing God’s finger prints on you and watching Him write your story makes a life a testimony. Pursuing purity is not always easy, but it is the tests He sends that make the testimony great. There is no better pursuit than purity as it is a promise for a invitation to see God. Purity will leak into every part of your life because a pursuit of it in heart is a pursuit of Gods own heart.”

– Michelle Ochen (Uganda, Africa)

“Before I became a follower of Jesus Christ, I spent many years living for pleasure and the pursuit of love. It left me with a scarred and broken heart, full of anger and bitterness. I didn’t understand that love is about what we can give others, not what they can give to us. Yet there needs to be a willingness to make ourselves vulnerable when we open up our hearts. Just as Jesus made Himself vulnerable even unto death because of His love for us. A hard and bitter heart doesn’t allow love in. A broken heart filled with the love and forgiveness of God is precious in God’s eyes and can be transformed into something beautiful. No matter what someone has done in their past, God is waiting to forgive and to transform you into something beautiful. It is so important to guard our hearts and wait upon God to protect our hearts from that kind of hurt and disappointment. I experienced this because I chose to live life my own way, rather than God’s way. I don’t want young women to make the same mistakes I made, so my message is clear: Don’t throw away your heart to just anyone. Wait for a man that loves the Lord and is willing to wait until marriage to show his love. That is a strong and godly man.”

– Marilyn Gibbs (Ukraine)

“I once heard that purity is looking to God for our standards, not to the world. When my husband and I got married, we were pure with each other before the Lord, and I can honestly say that we have been blessed by it! God has a reason and a purpose to keep us pure – to protect us from pain, hurt, and even disease. If a guy truly loves God and you, he will wait, and by him waiting, you will see his character. It’s easy to have sex, but it takes discipline, devotion, and love to wait.”

– Abigail Hoc (Belgium)

“I think so much of purity begins in our mind/thought life. There is a need to present our bodies as a living sacrifice daily (Romans 12:1-2) and to deny ourselves, thoughts, emotions, desires, and dreams (Phil3:8-15). There is a need to recognize our weaknesses and give then to the Lord and be accountable to find victory in those areas, this being a process to do what He asks us to do (Phil 2:5-9). As we take those thoughts captive (2 Corinthians10:5-6), to allow the Lord to refine and discipline us in those areas, He brings things to the surface of our lives to be dealt with. He created us to be with Him, to be about His business (Ephesians 2:10). So let’s keep looking unto Jesus (Heb12:1-2) and let Him help us be His witnesses by living in and through our lives and show us how to deal with all these areas in our lives.”

– Gwyneth Walsh (New Zealand)

“I was saved early on as a child. In school or out in public, I said the right things. In my teens, I started to get rebellious and it lasted into my mid twenties. Any lie a guy could tell was told to me. My parents warned me. God warned me. I listened to seductive lies, temptations that were sent my way to steal the precious gifts God had given me to save for my husband. In my twenties, I heard God’s strong call on my life. I took a sabbatical (time out) from guys for two years due to my wild and erratic behavior. I threw myself into volunteering at church and missions. I took my faith seriously. I went to as many Bible studies as I could and chose my girlfriends wisely. I stopped hanging around places that guys would be and that helped immensely. I realized that my body belonged to God and no one else. If my body was the temple of the Holy Spirit, God chose to live there. Since he is holy, I had better stop being so foolish. I took responsibility for my choices and decided not to blame anyone but myself. My husband loves me and knows everything about me. I know everything about him. God has restored me and cleansed me. He has shown me his grace. I am forgiven. It makes me smile thinking about it.”

– Jeanette Carter (Ukraine)

“For years I surrounded myself with older women and older sisters that I gleaned from. I arrived [in Costa Rica] in great eagerness and also in great timidity. At the time, I dated Ryan who was already pastoring at Calvary Chapel Palabra Viva. I encountered situations that had never encountered before. Ryan and I laugh about how our dating relationship just wasn’t the typical “go out for a nice dinner and movies or hanging out on the porch with family.” I spoke with him about ministry and eyes constantly watching proved to be a blessing because our testimony to others kept us accountable. We had loving and supportive families, friends, and churches even though there were some strongly opposed opinions voiced. Gods voice was gentle and reassuring as we moved into engagement and marriage.”

– Korina Bowman (Costa Rica)

“Purity is something that is so important as women. Our commitment in Christ is the model for purity and we should want nothing less in any relationship in our lives, including marriage. He is our example of purity, to follow hard after the Lord, commit all your ways unto Him and He will direct your heart (and this includes waiting for that right man in your life). I am not the expert on this subject, but would encourage any young lady or anyone for that matter to focus on their relationship with Christ. He truly takes care of all the other details as we simply walk with Him. It’s also a great idea as young women to have accountability of older sisters in Christ that you can turn to for advice and counsel, but ultimately turning to the Lord. It’s not all easy because we are still sinners, but I thank God that we have a loving, gracious, and forgiving God who loves us unconditionally. I think of Paul when he writes:

‘So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life – that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin,’ (Romans 7:14-25).

My exhortation to young women is when it gets difficult and when we find ourselves in compromising situations, please know the Lord is there with you and understands what you are going through as He went through every trial you can think of. But turn to Him in your weakness, and He will give you strength to get through any temptation of weakness in your flesh and be there to catch you when you fall. But don’t stay down, get back up, and continue on, because Jesus loves you and is always there for you.”

– Suzie Gonzalez (Greece)

“If we were to spend some time looking at the life of Ruth, we would see that she was a perfect example of ‘A Lady in Waiting.’ We see Ruth starting to work. She isn’t focusing on her outward circumstances. She realizes that in order to eat, she needed to work. She is busy serving her mother-in-law. In verse 3 [Ruth 2], we read that she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz. Here, we see God’s providence. Was this just a coincidence? It was imperative that Ruth go to that field, so that God’s plan could unfold. God directs all things to the ends He has chosen in His eternal plan. God orchestrates ordinary events to bring a predetermined outcome. In our lives, as we are actively setting out to fulfill our father’s business in serving Him, I believe that through His providence He will lead us to our mate. We don’t need to be out looking. I believe as we focus on Him, He will bring about the circumstances that will lead us to our mate. In the next two chapters of the book of Ruth we read how the Lord brought both Ruth and Boaz together. Rather then spending the time looking for ‘Mr. Right,’ I believe that the Lord would have us focus on becoming Miss Right for the one that the Lord has chosen for us. If we were do an in depth study of Ruth, we would see that she is a lady of loyalty, determination, diligence, faith, virtue, devotion, purity, security, contentment, conviction, and patience. For those of us who are currently ladies in waiting, I would encourage you to spend time working on the character traits that you feel are necessary in your life to prepare you for your mate. As you spend your time preparing yourself, God in His perfect timing will lead you to your mate.”

– Celeste Yocum (Kosovo)