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Purity of Life

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in  you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

Sickness of the mind prevails everywhere. nine tenths of the diseases from which  men suffer have their foundation here…. The religion of Christ, so far from being the  cause of insanity, is one of its most effective remedies; for it is a potent soother of  the nerves. Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 p. 443. 

In such cases of affliction where Satan has control of the mind, before engaging in prayer  there should be the closest self-examination to discover if there are not sins  which need to be repented of, confessed, and forsaken.

Deep humility of soul before God is necessary, and firm, humble reliance upon the  blood of Christ alone. Fasting and prayer will accomplish nothing while the heart is  estranged from God by a wrong course of action.—Testimonies for the  Church Vol. 2 p.146. 

If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us…. When we come to  him, we should pray that we may enter into and accomplish his purpose, and  that our desires and interests may be lost in his.—Testimonies for the Church Vol.2 p.148. 

A contented mind, a cheerful spirit, is healthy to the body and strength to  the soul.

The influence of the Spirit of God is the very best medicine for disease.  Heaven is all health; the more deeply heavenly influences are realized, the more  sure will be the recovery of the believing invalid.—Christian Temperance and  Bible Hygiene, p. 13 

A sore, sick heart, a discouraged mind, needs mild treatment; and it is through tender  sympathy that this class of minds can be healed. The physician should first gain  their confidence, and then point them to the all-healing physician.

Four Happy chemicals in the Brain and state what they do:

  1. Dopamine
  2. Serotonin
  1. Oxytocin
  2. Endorphin

A person whose mind is quiet and satisfied in God is in the pathway to health.— The Review and Herald, 1880, No. II. 

Cheerfulness and a clear conscience are better than drugs, and will be an  effective agent in your restoration to health.—The Health Reformer, June 1, 1871. 

You who are suffering from poor health, there is a remedy for you. If thou clothe the  naked, and bring the poor that are cast out to thy house, and deal thy bread to the  hungry, “then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth  speedily.” Testimonies for the Church Vol. 2 p. 29. 

If the mind is free and happy, under a consciousness of right-doing and a sense of to  others, it will create a cheerfulness that will react upon the whole system, causing a  freer circulation of the blood and a toning up of the entire body.— Testimonies  for the Church Vol. 4 p. 60. 

The consciousness of right-doing is the best medicine for diseased bodies and  minds. He who is at peace with God has secured the most important requisite to  health..—The Signs of the Times, June 15, 1882. 

Doing good is a work that benefits both giver and receiver. If you forget self in your interest  for others, you gain a victory over your infirmities.

How to maintain purity?

Read and Meditate on the Word daily

Learn from the book of Nature the lessons of purity and simplicity. AH 146

Purity in speech and true Christian courtesy should be  constantly practiced. AH 16

Let the love for truth and purity and goodness be early implanted in the soul, and the youth will seek the society of those who possess these  characteristics. AH 75

Mothers … give to your children constant lessons in neatness and purity.

Everything upon her person should teach cleanliness and order and should be  associated in      their minds with purity. AH 254

They are to be taught that those who are to represent the high and holy God must keep their  souls pure and clean, and that this purity must extend to their dress and  to everything in the home, so that the ministering angels will have evidence that the  truth has wrought a change in the life, purifying the soul and refining  the tastes. Adventist Home 22

Those who profess to be disciples of Christ should be elevated in all their thoughts and acts,  and should ever realize that they are fitting for immortality, and that if saved, they  must be without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Their Christian character must be  without a blemish, or they will be pronounced unfit to be taken to a holy  heaven, to dwell with pure, sinless beings in God’s everlasting kingdom. Appeal to Mothers  29.2




There are many ways of practicing the healing art, but there is only one way that  Heaven approves. God’s remedies are the simple agencies of nature that will not  tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness,  a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God are remedies for the want of which  thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their  skillful use requires work that the people do not appreciate. Fresh air, exercise, pure water,  and clean, sweet premises are within the reach of all with but little expense ; but  drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means and in the effect produced upon the system.  2 Selected Messages p. 287.3 

Filth is a breeder of disease . —The Review and Herald, February 4, 1896.  3. In regard to cleanliness, God requires no less of his people now than he did of ancient Israel.  A neglect of cleanliness will induce disease.—How to Live, p. 61.

Impurities are constantly and imperceptibly passing from the body, through the pores, and if  the surface of the skin is not kept in a healthy condition, the system is burdened with  impure matter.—How to Live, p. 60. 

The skin needs to be carefully and thoroughly cleansed, so that the pores  may do their work in freeing the body from impurities.—Testimonies for the Church p.3:70. 

The impurities of the body, if not allowed to escape, are taken back into the  blood, and forced upon the internal organs.—How to Live,p.  60. 

The burden of labor is thrown upon the liver, lungs, kidneys, etc., and these internal  organs are compelled to do the work of the skin.—Testimonies for the Church p. 2:524 

You have not given your body a chance to breathe. The pores of the skin, or the little mouths  through which the body breathes, have become closed, and the system has been  filled with impurities.—Testimonies for the Church p. 3:74.

Bathe frequently in pure soft water, followed by gentle brushing.—How  to Live, p. 54. 

Bathing frees the skin from the accumulation of impurities, which are  constantly collecting, and keeps the skin moist and supple.—Testimonies for the Church  p.3:70.

Frequent bathing is very beneficial, especially at night just before retiring,  or upon rising in the morning. It will take but a few moments to give the children a bath, and  to rub them until their bodies are in a glow. This brings the blood to the surface,  relieving the brain.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 141.

Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their lives by using  cosmetics… When they become heated, … the poison is absorbed by  the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this  means alone.—The Health Reformer, October 1, 1871.

Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises, are within the  reach of all, with but little expense; but drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means, and  the effect produced upon the system. CD p. 302

A neglect of cleanliness will induce disease…. Stubborn fever and violent  diseases have prevailed in neighborhoods and towns that had formerly been considered  healthy, and some have died, while others have been left with broken constituents to be  crippled with disease for life.

They breathe the same air over and over, until it becomes impregnated with the  poisonous impurities, and waste matter, thrown off from their bodies,  through the lungs, and the pores of the skin. Such can test the matter, and be convinced of the  unhealthy air in their close rooms, by entering them after they have remained a while in the  open air. Then they can have some idea of the impurities they have conveyed to the blood,  through the inhalations of the lungs.

In many instances their own yards contained the agent of destruction, which sent  forth deadly poisons into the atmosphere, to be inhaled by the family and the  neighborhood.— How to Live, p. 61. 

Many suffer decayed vegetable matter to remain about their premises. They are  not awake to the influence of these things. There is constantly arising from these decaying  substances effluvium that is poisoning the air. By inhaling the impure air, the blood is poisoned, the lungs become affected, and the whole system is diseased.

Shade-trees and shrubbery too close and dense around a house are unhealthy; for they  prevent a free circulation of air, and prevent the rays of the sun from shining  through sufficiently. In consequence of this a dampness gathers in the house.

Especially in wet seasons the sleeping-rooms become damp, and those who sleep in the beds  are troubled with rheumatism, neuralgia, and lung complaints, which generally end in  consumption. Numerous shade-trees cast off many leaves, which, if not immediately  removed, decay, and poison the atmosphere. A yard, beautiful with  scattering trees, and some shrubbery at a proper distance from the house, has a happy, cheerful influence upon the family, and if well taken care of, will  prove no injury to health.—How to Live, 64. 

Many families suffer with sore throat, lung diseases, and liver  complaints, brought upon by their own course of action. Their sleeping rooms are  small, unfit to sleep in for one night, but they occupy the small apartments for  weeks, and months, and years. They keep their windows and doors closed, fearing  they would  (take)catch a cold if there was a crevice open to let in the air.

Sleeping apartments should be large and so arranged as to have a circulation of air  through them, day and night. Those who have excluded the air from their sleeping rooms,  should commence to change their course immediately.  They should let in air by degrees, and increase its circulation until they can bear it winter and  summer, with no danger of (taking) catching a cold. The lungs, in order to be healthy, must have  pure air. 2 Selected Messages p. 463 

Order and cleanliness is the law of heaven; and in order to come into harmony with the  divine arrangement, it is our duty to be neat and tasty. AH 254.2




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