TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, May 06, 2019:
Genuine; sincere; clean; free from contamination; perfect; spotless; guiltless; chaste; untainted with evil.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Pure in the Greek means to have a clean heart, to be unsoiled, unmixed, unpolluted, to be cleansed, purged, and forgiven, to be holy, and to have a single purpose, that of God’s glory. This is what Jesus was saying as He taught this beatitude on the Sermon on the Mount.
To be pure in heart means to be pleasing to God in the way we live, in the way we think, in the way we act, in the way we speak, and in the decisions, we make.
It means to live a clean life, unspotted from the evils of the world. It means to obey the truth found in the Word of God and to follow the working of the Holy Spirit in our life. It means to seek to be at all times without spot and blameless.
Jesus tells us in this beatitude that we will be blessed when we get our inside world, meaning our mind and heart, cleansed and purged of the pollution of sin. Then we will see God in our outside world do His will in our life.
A person’s very best behavior is seldom, if ever, free from some mixture of self. Because of our sinful nature it is questionable if we can be perfectly free from mixed motives. The believer is to constantly search his heart and cleanse it of impure motives.
There are two wonderful promises made to the pure in heart. First, on this earth they shall see God by faith, and secondly, eternally the pure in heart shall see God face to face.
The unsaved man cannot have a pure heart as long as he rejects the Lord Jesus as his Savior. The natural (unregenerate) heart is deceitful above all things, desperately wicked and the things of God are foolishness to him. (Jeremiah 17:9)
Who are the pure in heart according to the scripture?
• In Psalm 24:3-5 we read that they have clean hands and are honest and do not lie.
• In Matthew 6:24 it reads that they will serve only one master, God.
• In Psalm 42:1 it says they thirst for God as a deer thirsts for water.
• In II Corinthians 5:17 we read that they have a newly created heart. The Holy Spirit has made them brand new people on the inside.
The pure in heart forsake and confess all known sin. Proverbs 28:13.
• They recognize that because of their salvation their sins are forgiven but this does not give them license to sin. When they sin, they repent and seek forgiveness and the blood of Jesus purifies them from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9.
• In I Corinthians 2:15-16 we read that they are spiritually minded and discern what God’s truth is because they have the mind of Christ. They reject those things that are not from the Spirit of God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 16:31.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
My prayer is that You will create in me a clean heart and help me to be pure in heart so that I may discern Your truth and have the mind of Christ. Although for now I can see You as through a glass darkly, I thank You that in eternity I will see You face to face in all Your glory. (I Corinthians 13:12)
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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