Beatitudes–Pure In Heart

We need to make sure to guard our heart’s, we need to stay pure in heart. If our heart is not pure then our whole relationship with God will fall apart.

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

The “pure in heart” are those who have been delivered from sin’s power by God’s grace now strive without deceit to please and glorify God and to be like Him. First, they seek to have the same attitude of heart that God has a love of righteousness and a hatred of evil. Their hearts, which includes their minds, wills, and emotions. Second, only the pure in heart “shall see God.” To see God means to be His child and to dwell in His presence, both now and in the future kingdom.

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” Holiness is being separated from sin and being set apart for God; it is to be close to God, to be like Him, and to seek His presence, righteousness and fellowship with all our hearts. Above all things, holiness is God’s priority for His followers. Holiness was God’s purpose for His people when He planned their salvation in Christ.

Second, Holiness was Christ’s purpose for His people when He came to this earth. Holiness was Christ’s purpose for His people when He gave Himself up for them on the cross. Holiness is God’s purpose in making us a new creation and in giving us the Holy Spirit. Without holiness there is no nearness to or fellowship with God. Without holiness no one will see the Lord.

If we want our relationship with God to grow, if we want to good prayer life, we have to have to strive to be pure in heart. Otherwise, our relationship and prayer life with God will falter and not fulfill the possible potential it could be.

Are Your Standards Right?

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him–Proverbs 26:12

Our Hearts

Pride and self-importance cause people to seem wise in their own view, which leads them to be arrogantly confident in their own ideas. Wisdom comes from God and is not formed by human reasoning, but accepting what God has said and revealed in Scripture. We have to understand that that there is potential deceit within our hearts and we must not assume that our standards of right and wrong are God’s standards. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The heart is the inner being of a person that includes our desires, feelings and thoughts. The heart is extremely evil and corrupt, as a result people turn to selfishness and evil rather than to God. This cannot be cured and cannot be changed by itself. Only God’s grace can cure it. We need to ask God for wisdom.

Seeking Wisdom

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. We need to be asking God to give us wisdom in dealing with and coping with our trials. Wisdom means the spiritual ability to see and evaluate life and conduct from God’s point of view.

In 1 Corinthians 2:16 Paul says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” To have the mind of Christ means knowing God’s will and his plan and purpose. It means seeing things the way God sees them, valuing things the way He values them, loving what He loves and hating what He hates. This is how we should be setting the standards in our life.

Setting Standards

Many times we set our standards based on our own understanding, preferences, and how we were raised. There have been many times as I’ve got older that I have realized that some of the standards I was setting were based on my parents preferences. We also set standards to what we think is right, which is flawed. We need to be seeking God’s wisdom when setting our standards. As a whole, we need to also realize that our standards may work for us, but may not work for other people. For example, dressing up for church, I personally feel that I should dress up for church, because I’m going to worship God. Other people do not feel that they should dress up for church. I should not apply my standard to other people. In reality, I don’t think God cares what I’m wearing, it’s my heart at that time when I’m worshiping Him.

When we set our standards in our lives, seek God’s wisdom. Our ways are deceitful, God’s are pure and just.

Thursday Thought-Healing Our Hurt

Last night we had our small group at church. We were talking about hurt and why the heart was the hardest thing to protect in a spiritual sense. The heart is what supplies the nutrients to the rest of our body. If there is something wrong with our heart the rest of our body feels it even if it’s small. So even if someone has hurt us severely, we have to go through the process of forgiving. Forgiving is a mental state, they emotions will be there still, but forgiving is us saying we’re going to make a change to heal. Taking this step is the only way to heal that hurt. God forgives us and embraces us every time. He doesn’t say “I forgive you” but holds us at arms length. Are we forgiving like God does? Only by relying on God can we forgive like him.