Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Clarity is clearness. To clarify is to make or become clear or free from impurities. It also means to make or to become understandable.
To clarify or purify water you have to filter it. To do this you must add special ingredients which cause the negative particles in these impurities to coagulate thus making them solid enough to be removed through special filters.
God has special ingredients and filters in the spiritual realm too. These special ingredients and filters bring purity and clarity to our lives. They include God’s word and his Holy Spirit. I John 2:8 tells us by way of the original Greek text that the force of God’s light shines [active voice] and when it does darkness passes [passive voice]. In other words, the power of God’s word, if allowed to enter our hearts, will force the dark impurities out of our hearts. If the word of God is not given regular access into our lives in showing the love of God to us then I John 4:18 explains what those dark impurities will do to us. The impurities of fear and mental anguish will be experienced daily when faith is kept at bay.
Clarity in the things of God gives the believer a singleness of purpose whereby faith and wisdom become the portals through which God blesses us, and brings joy and stability to our lives, Isa.33:6. We need this clarity. When a believer realizes they want a godly clarity of life they will hunger for the word as never before.
James 1:8 tells us the opposite is true if we are double minded; that is, when we are not clear about who is in charge of our lives.
We will always have the old sin nature begging for control; undermining our need for God’s grace and his word. The old sin nature always tell us we have the right to do our own thing, even if it is disobedience to our loving Savior.
We will always have the world with its humanistic philosophies and material offerings to seduce us from pure Christian living, and Christian works. These things weigh us down and impede God’s process of purifying us for His glory.
Heb.12:1-2 “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight; and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
If we keep the joy of the Lord before us; of going to our final destination in heaven to be forever with the Lord, then we will keep our hearts and minds attune to God’s word.
Staying in the word will produce the clarity we need to stay strong in the Lord, and to resist all temptations. This will give us clarity as to our purpose in life, and it will stabilize our thoughts and actions. Patience, gained by godly trust, will help us endure our burdens and absorb any shame the world throws at us for living a godly life.
We need divine clarity to live godly. This is why the Apostle Paul appeals to believers in Col.3:1-4 to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. The very next instruction Paul gives the Colossians on how to stay heavenly minded involves putting down the passions of the flesh and the want for materialism, and the practice of an unruly tongue, Col.3:4-9. Let godly clarity simplify and purify your life, and the joy of the Lord will soar in your life.