Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
I usually end these studies with a thought on how to pray but today I feel I must pray at the beginning, for I am so much aware of impurity in myself and around me – - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). How can one ever have a pure heart and be human. Lord, I desire desperately, to see You. I plead in Jesus name, for forgiveness. Renew my heart and change my nature.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
An impure heart comes from spiritual blindness. Sins of impurity are covetousness, (greed), oppression (those who oppress), a lustful carnal mind, craftiness and double mindedness.
So what does it take to get a pure heart? I Corithinans 3:2-3 tells how: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
No one was ever born with a pure heart. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Only by the Holy Spirit can one be made pure and here we go back again to the first blessings of being poor in spirit and mourning for redemption, hungering and thirsting to make God’s grace a part of our being, changing us into a new creature that seeks after righteousness, holiness and purity.
Then can God be seen in all His love and fellowship with Him is available at all times and we look forward to the day that we will see Him face to face. The gift of grace is free to ALL. It’s as easy as allowing your heart to accept it and grasp it. When you do, you will be changed. You will see God.
The pure in heart see God in nature, in scripture and in life around them. Most of all, the pure in heart begin to discern God’s true character. How does knowing God’s character help the Christian in his daily walk?
Study the following verses:
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord
I Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass darkly; but then fact to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Psalm 24:1-6 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness therof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hat not lifed up his soul unto vanity, nor worn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob,
David is describing a person who is pure in heart. What do these verses say it takes to be worthy of God?
Double mindedness is listed as a sin of impurity. What distracts Christians away from a singleness of heart?
Sincerity and singleness of heart.
© 2011 Debora P. Gilley