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Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)

In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). The heart represents the core of our inner being. Jesus knew this and He also knew it was necessary for us to guard our hearts. King David knew this as well, and we can see this in his writing to God. David was seeking the Lord in his prayer of repentance in Psalm 51 and he knew he needed a change in his own heart if he was to be obedient to God. He wrote, “You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom…Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:6,10).

Q: So what does it mean to be “pure” in heart?

Well, the word pure used in Matthew 5:8 by Jesus is translated from the Greek word, katharos, kath-ar-os, and it is where we get our word, Catharsis. It has a basic meaning of making something pure by cleansing it from any dirt, contamination or filth.  We can see this term used in psychology and in counseling for the cleansing of the mind and/or emotions. 

So if we are to have a pure heart we must be willing to have God search our heart, just as we see David asking in Ps. 139:23. We must then be willing to allow God to help us to clean up any area within our heart where we are harboring sin, just as a marine harbor makes welcome ships to port. 

Q: As Christian men and women, how can we have a pure heart?

· We must look to Christ to measure what is pure, and not man — we must look vertically to set our goals, and not horizontally.

· We must seek the Lord in prayer continuously.  It is through our praying we are able to stay close to God and to tap into His power (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17). 

· We must seek the power of God through the fresh filling of His Holy Spirit continuously if we are to complete the will of God (Phil 4:13; Eph. 5:18).

· We must continually fix our minds upon God’s Word and meditate upon it if we are to know His perfect will (Rom. 12:2).

· We must fully surrender and yield control of our life to the Lord and choose to walk in the Spirit, which will allow us to be guided by Him and for us to make good and proper choices (Gal. 5:16). 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Choose to focus on what you allow your mind to think upon (2 Cor. 10:5).  If you can filter the mind, you will better guard your heart and keep it pure. You are what you eat. 

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about the need to protect our hearts?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to screen your thoughts thoroughly so your heart is better protected?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and cast down anything coming against His word.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your promises to me for keeping my heart pure. Show me clearly every filthy, and contaminating thing I have allowed into my mind and heart and help me to lay them down as a sacrifice to You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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