Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23, KJV)
The power of purity comes from within and not from works. It comes from our character and from where our heart resides. We must keep our hearts and motives in check when doing God’s will. Pride and covetousness (lust, lucre, or greed) are some of the things that has a potential of deceiving our hearts to cause us to think we are justified in doing what is contrary to God’s will. Eve’s desire to be more like God in knowing good and evil and to be wise was a temptation to become greater. She was deceived by the suggestions of the serpent to consider a better way than of what God has spoken and commanded. The Word of God calls us the bride of Christ from a spiritual perspective. Therefore, we should not allow our hearts to be deceived by the devil, our carnality, or the world as Eve was deceived, but to holdfast to that which is good so that we will receive the promises of God and eternal security.