“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
In the dictionary the word Purity is defined as a “Freedom from adulteration or contamination. Freedom from immorality.” There are so many contaminates in the world today, and the sad thing is that less and less people are seeing them as contaminates. They are being justified with “just be yourself”, “don’t judge me”, “I’m just following my heart” or “If it feels right then do it” attitudes. We live in a “me” obsessed culture, where self-gratification runs rampant.
Unfortunately even the church is becoming a little desensitized to contamination. Jesus did not die on the cross for us to live no differently than non-believers. We are called to stand up and stand out not merely blend with the crowd. Divorce, sexual immorality, lying, cheating, gossip, etc. has become a norm in both the church and the world around us. Yes, I believe that God’s grace is sufficient, but I think we put way more emphasis on God forgiving our continual sin than actually changing our course. Grace is not a round trip ticket, it is a one-way ticket. And the destination is Jesus. I think as a generation we are getting stuck in a vicious cycle. We are doing everything we are supposed to do on the outside, but the problems are still there. The sin is still there. Somewhere along the road we got lost, our focus got blurry. So what’s the root of the problem? The Bible says it starts with the heart.
“For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” Matthew 15:19
In order for our generation to experience revival we have to start in the heart. Because unless we change the heart, the problem remains. No amount of church services, worship music, Bible reading, etc. can change an impure heart. I know because I have been there, I have had times where I would just get stuck. It didn’t look like I was doing anything wrong on the outside, in fact I was doing everything right on the outside. I was really good at playing the part that I was supposed to play, and you may be too. But my heart was not in it, my heart did not match the lifestyle everyone else saw. So where do we start? Once again we can find our answer in the Bible.
Ask God to search your heart, and be open to what He reveals to you. Because God may show you something that you did not even know was there, or maybe you forgot about it or avoided it so you hid it away. We have to be willing to change, God will not just change our heart. When He shows us a problem in our heart, we have to face it no matter how uncomfortable, painful or difficult. Battles are won with opposition and determination, and this dear friend is a battle for your heart.
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
We now know what is wrong, we asked God to show us and He did. And We realize that in order to be pure of heart we have to change some things. This process will look different for everyone. Things that have hurt you, things that you struggle with, etc. are not necessarily the same things that someone else may have to deal with. Do not ever fall into the trap of comparison, your journey will never look like the journey of someone else. Your progress will never be at the same rate of everyone else. Some people after the discovery of a heart issue can simply drop it and never pick it up again, for others it is a long process. But that does not mean that it can not be done. Guarding your heart means eliminating the things that are causing or enabling a heart issue. If you are in a relationship that is not honoring God, and the other person is not willing to address the problem then get out. If your friends are inhibiting spiritual growth in your life then find new friends. If the tv shows you are watching or the music you are listening to is shaping your worldview and it does not line up with the Bible then it is time to find something else to watch/listen to. Nothing will change if nothing changes.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
The Bible says that everything we do comes starts in the heart. Be careful what you let reside there, because it can only remain hidden for so long. Choose wisely what you allow yourself to do, to think, to partake of and to be around. We can look perfect on the outside but if our heart is dirty it is all in vain. If you are having trouble removing things from your life then I ask that you seek accountability, someone that you trust to tell you what is best for you not what you want to hear. It is great to have people in your life that do not “judge you”, but are those people actually helping you, are they looking out for your best interests? People that care about you will want what is best for you and they will challenge you to be a better person. So find those types of friends or maybe a mentor who you can be transparent with.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Now that the hard part has been done we ask God to create in us a pure heart. All you have to do is ask. He has shown you what is wrong, you have sought the root of the problem, you are guarding your heart from contaminates, now allow Him to purify you. No matter what you have done in that past you are never past the point of repair. God can fix you, dust you off and purify you. He loves you so much,so much that He does not want you living in sin. Sin will only feel good for so long, the only thing that follows is guilt and shame. He never intended us to live with that, that is why He sent His son Jesus to die for us. It was never our burden to bear. God does not care how we look on the outside, He only cares about your heart. And we are promised that the pure in heart will see Him. So ask, guard and purify my friends. It all comes down to your heart.
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man sees for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Samuel 16:7
Lots of Love 💕,