Power, Purity and Pursuits
This session is designed to take back the power and purity that has been stolen, and re-establish purpose and fulfillment in your personal pursuits in life.
According to Dictionary.com
- Ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.
- Political or national strength.
- Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.
- The possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy.
- Political ascendancy or control in the government of a country, state, etc.
When men are involved in pornography, they really have no power. All of that
power and control is in the hands of the pornographer. People are defined by their choices
and they live out the consequences of those choices. Pornography is extremely addictive
because of the intense pleasure it provides; however, the long term consequences are very
destructive. When seeking personal pleasure becomes the focus of one’s life, all other
relations become corrupted: our relationships with God, spouse, children and friends.
Power is “having control and authority to produce (within you) a desired effect.” In essence,
you have the power to control what is produced in you.
Q: What control do you have over your desires? (Refer to Day 5)
Will-power is the ability to exert control over your own behavior. In itself, will-power is not enough. There has to be a greater power at work to overcome this battle.
“Dunamis is the only power in the entire world that gives man the ability to
overcome anything that is contrary to fulfilling a purposeful life.” – Mike Hatch
Q: Describe the Greek word dunamis and how this power is or is not at work in your life.
is the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that contaminates.
Purity has a lack of guilt. We were made to be pure, but we must pursue purity. It gives us a
sense of self-worth and the confidence to pursue
Pursuits deal with the act of pursuing, chasing or striving after something or someone.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” -
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” -
Matthew 5:6 (KJV)
In light of these definitions, consider areas in your life that might need attention. In the
reality of life, purity is liberating!
Q: How will you begin the pursuit of purity in your life?