Pathway to Purity Blog

The Bridge

As I look back on the beginning stages of my pursuit of purity, I recognize that there were times that I would respond to temptation almost immediately. I would give no thought as to the consequences of my potential choice, no thought to reaching out for prayer, no thought whatsoever. I felt tempted so therefore I compromised. One lesson that I learned was how to pause before acting out on tempting…

More Than A Feeling

Over the last few years, I have had the privilege of walking alongside many men who were seeking to live a life of greater purity and wholeness. One of the comments that I repeatedly heard many of those men make is that their sin was based on how they felt at a specific time. Some men shared that they felt insecure or lonely, while others shared that they felt too tired, too stressed or too overwhelmed,…

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights bring order to millions of roads around the world with its three distinct colors. A green light lets us know that it is safe to proceed ahead. A yellow light serves as a caution for us to slow down and prepare to stop. And of course, a red light tells us to come to a complete stop to avoid causing an accident. I like the analogy of traffic lights as it relates to our pursuit of greater…

Thank You, Harvard!

In the beginning God created everything and it was good. Everything, except the fact that man was alone. About that God said, "It is not good...." (Gen 2:18). And, the results of a 75-year Harvard study have now proven God right (as if there was ever any doubt!). These results show that the secret to a long, happy and healthy life lies in relationship – not the number of but the quality of the relationships.…

The Armory

During my journey towards greater purity I have had to learn how to deal with tempting thoughts. In the beginning of that journey, I sometimes felt like I was in the middle of a war zone and that it would just be easier to give in rather than stand firm and choose holiness. One way I was able to see freedom in my thought life was to create a list of verses, a spiritual armory so to speak, that I…

4 Lessons Learned

When I reflect on the story of David and Bathsheba, I see four lessons that I can learn and apply to my own life. I see lessons about exposing sin, humility and confession, consequences, and God's work in spite of man's sinful choice. Let's take a deeper look at these lessons.

1. "Your sin will always find you out."

In 2 Samuel 12:7-12, we read that Nathan exposes…

What Killed the Cat?

For a long time, one of the greatest temptations I faced in life was curiosity directed towards sin. While I didn't always seek out sin, I did seek out sinful curiosity too often. It was easy to justify this curiosity because I always told myself that I would stop just short of crossing into sinful territory. I still remember the excuses I would tell myself (among so many others): "I'll stop before…

Blending Together

I have learned these past few years that my spiritual health is of utmost importance and such a vital component to my pursuit of greater purity and consistent victory. For far too long I fought the idea that I just needed to find more time or to be better at balancing the time commitments I already have. Perhaps we need to look at how we can find a better blend as opposed to a better balance.

The…

Reconciliation vs. Narcissism

If you are a follower of Christ then you know that He is part of the trinity, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are made in their image, tripartite, body, soul and spirit. We see this shape in other areas of life between husband, wife and children and I don't think it a coincidence that the strongest geometrical shape is the triangle.

However, we live in an age where the cultural…

What Are You Committed To?

Ashley Madison - most of us are quite familiar with that name by now. It is a website that promised secrecy to those who were seeking an affair. However, as we recently found out, that promise of secrecy was shattered when a hacker released millions of account details. Reports also showed they had female members, many of whom were not active outside of the initial sign-up. This promise of secrecy…