Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Pure Heart

 3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
 4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
 5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
 6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. 

A Pure Heart!

Whose opinion matters? For as long as we can remember, this is a question which has dictated most of our actions. As children, we did our utmost to please our parents or faced the consequences. As we grew older the authorities in our lives changed, and often our actions and attitudes changed right along with them, and not always for the best!

A time will come when every single person on this earth from time past, to the present, and on into the future will have to stand before God and give an account for the choices made in this life time. When God looks at your life, what will He see? What is God really looking for? Is He looking for great works which show our great love and affection for Him?

The amazing thing is that God is looking for a pure heart! We may do ever so much for the Lord, but if our heart is not in the right place, then we must ask, was it really for the Lord? We can impress men with our words and actions, but God looks beyond words and actions right into our very heart of hearts, and there He sees the truth! If we have a divided heart, serving God when it is convenient while nursing along our own true passions, He sees it. 

God is a jealous God who looks for single-hearted servants whose very passion in life is to serve Him. Realistically, sin has the same desire! Sin wants to dominate and take over our very beings. Because we are sinful creatures, a battle rages within our hearts and lives, with only one winner in sight. 

In the end, who ascends the hill of the Lord, and who shall stand in God's holy place? He who has a pure heart. What is the result of a pure heart? The result is blessing from the Lord. The New King James Version of the Bible states it this way:

He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
         And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

As Christians, let us, by the grace of God, raise our eyes beyond the things of this world and look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He, alone, can grant us a pure heart before God.

God Bless You,
Linda

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