Pure in Heart
Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! (Matthew 5:8)
There are some seasons in life where it seems that trials, tribulations, temptation, persecution, afflictions and every evil comes to us in a “multi-pack!” If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Depending on how long that season lasts, we can easily find ourselves becoming discouraged, disheartened and ready to give up our faith in God.
Have you every cried out to God “Where are you Lord?”
I have! As a matter of fact, I was just talking with a friend of mine who is going through a real trying time where “one thing after another” seems to be going on in her life – all at once.
She spoke of her confusion and the guilt she’s been experiencing. She told herself she had let God down and that was why all these things were happening to her.
As a result of her feeling discouraged, she returned to behaviors that the Lord had long since freed her from. Anger, worry, fear and isolation began to take over and she had attempted to anesthetize her pain. She admitted that she had allowed sin to return in her life and couldn’t see God forgiving her for the sin she had participated in. She could no longer see God’s blessings or sense His presence in her life as she had before.
After a long conversation, we prayed and I challenged her to see how God was still there in her life, blessing her, keeping her from sinking further and further into sin’s quick-sand, leading her out of its pit (as was evident in her reaching out for help).
The one thing I was able to comfort her with was the scriptures assurance that,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Because sin has a stain, the sooner we repent from it, the sooner we are cleansed by the Holy Spirit and rendered PURE (cleansed) from the sin we were in and its staining power. Practicing sin is far different than committing a sin and repenting from it. To be pure in heart means we repent quickly when we sin against God allowing and depending on the Lord to cleanse us from the permanency of sin’s stain.
The blessing of a pure heart is realizing we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Jesus told his disciples (John 15):
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
If we are going to SEE God the Father (be aware of and abide in His presence), we must be cleansed from sin by the Word. (John 1)
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8 NIV)
Because Jesus is the Word, he alone has the power to wash our hearts and render it clean (pure) (uncontaminated, unstained) by sin. When we ask Him to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, we show we are abiding and dependent upon Him, the One who sacrificed His life for ours!
King David in the Old Testament said:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)
Has there been sinful actions or attitudes hidden in your heart, clouding your spiritual sight?
It’s not God’s will that we carry sin guiltiness which robs us of seeing and discerning the presence of God in our lives. Repenting of our wrong doing will lift the vail of sin so we can truly be blessed – “happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor…by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions.”
All God’s best to you,
Dr. Mark and Marla Strong serve as the Lead Pastors of Life Change Church. They are leaders who are in love with one another, their family, the church and most of all the Lord Jesus Christ. Mark and Marla have been married for 26 years and have four children (Micah, Michelle, McKenzie and Myles). Shortly after they were married they became the Pastors of Life Change. They have served as the Lead Pastors of Life Change Church for the last 26 years.