“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
When you gave your life to the Lord, He gave you a new mind and a new heart—a heart to love Him with and a heart to serve Him and worship Him with. He gave you His Spirit, His life and completely poured His love within you. If you could imagine the impossibility of emptying the vast ocean into a small thimble-sized cup without spilling a drop, that’s what God did for you through Jesus. In and of ourselves, nothing about us is pure. Nothing about us is holy. Nothing about us is right. But our Father, through Jesus, washed away all of our sin and shame, delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness and placed us in His kingdom. We are not the same. We’ve been made new and our hearts have been changed. Glory!
I believe when God tells us in Proverbs 4:23 to guard our hearts, for everything we do flows from it, He has the above scripture in mind. If God is after our hearts, so is the enemy. The devil’s primary pursuit is to turn our hearts away from God. But those who refuse, resist and reject his advances, his devices, and his ideas are called blessed of God. It’s time you learn to guard the pure heart God has given you. No matter how you feel and no matter how things look right now, you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and you have the heart of Jesus.
I’ve seen a hurt and bitter friend choose to do the right thing even though she wanted to get even. I’ve seen an angry wife choose to forgive her husband because she loved God more than her right to be angry. It’s out of our pure love for God that we see His strength manifested in our weakest moments. That’s what God means when He says the pure in heart will see God! Because of your pure love for Him, you will see God’s goodness! You will see Him be glorified in your life! You will see Him turn things around for your good! You will see Him face to face on that glorious day! You will see God!
Say out loud from your heart: Father, thank you for the heart you’ve given me. Thank you for helping me guard it. I refuse, I resist, and I reject anything the devil tries to do to get my heart to turn away from you. No matter what my feelings are saying. No matter what my circumstance is saying. I love you and I will see your glory and your goodness in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
(Read 2 Samuel 22:27; Psalms 51:10)