This is the question that was recently addressed to me. It is true that in this century of technology everything is changing very quickly, but the Word of God remains the same and His truths are eternal.
Choose what is right and true
King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit asked himself the same question and received the answer:
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. (Psalm 119:9)(NASB)
The Word of God is the one that can guide us in this difficult world full of temptation in which we live. Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible and King David dedicated it to God’s Word. This Psalm contains important lessons for those who want to live a pure life in this ruined and perverted century.
Choose to study the Scriptures deeply
David said about himself:
Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. (Psalms 119:11)(NASB)
Accustom yourself to a discipline to study the Bible and not just to read it.
These days I talked to a young man who, being asked how he studied the Scriptures, told me that he daily read 2 chapters of the Old Testament, 2 from the Proverbs of Solomon and 2 of the New Testament, but, he himself mentioned that he did not do it every day. Then, talking to him I understood that he had recently married an unbelieving girl and said that “the Holy Spirit told him this”. How could he say that? How can the Holy Spirit, by whom the Bible was written, tell him something that is totally contrary to the Bible? Because they do not study the Scriptures, people commit sins and serious mistakes and they continue to think that they are pleasing God and do His will. To not be in their category, choose to study the Scriptures deeply and I strongly recommend you to get the inductive Bible study materials “Precept upon Precept”, that will help you enormously.
Keep your priorities in a right order
In the same Psalm 119 King David prays as follows:
Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways. (Psalm 119:36-37)(NASB)
Dishonest gain and vanity make many young people leave the purity of walking with God. Moreover, the Apostle Paul wrote:
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)(NASB)
Choose your friends well
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, who was a young man too:
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)(NASB)
Who are your friends? What interests and priorities do they have? What do they invest their lives in? How do they influence you? Make an analysis and see which are the things that can be danger for you and what do you have to do to remain pure in this century.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru