The Book of Matthew 5:8, in the Bible says, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Purity represents that which is clean and undefiled in nature. It also denotes the kind of heart that can "see" has comprehension of the revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ, who is also the living Word of God embodied in the flesh and manifested to man. (John 1:1, 14) A pure heart is one which can receive illumination, revelation and manifest the power of God in the earth with the corresponding victory of eternal life. Every believer should earnestly desire purity of heart because it is the kind of heart that God will bless and reveal Himself to in power, dominion authority, and glory.
The Bible says, "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10:22
To be blessed by God means that your life will be enriched with His presence, grace, favor, health, peace, liberal pools of prosperity and corresponding provision. The blessing is holistic in dimension. It affects every area of your life in every way that is wholesome, life giving and beneficial. Your desire to see the revelation of God's promises and perfect will concerning your life should motivate and encourage you to pursue Christ with all of your strength. To "make rich" and "add no sorrow" pertains to being made wealthy (spirit, soul, and body), and obtaining the full benefits of the covenant promises of God without any misery or hardship added. Please understand that this does not mean that you are exempt from challenges, tests, and trials in life, but it does mean that God is on your side and He always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus in accordance to 2 Corinthians 2:14.
We're living in an hour in which everything that can be shaken is being shaken (Hebrews 12:25-27), and it is crucial for all of God's people to ensure that purity of heart, character, and alignment with our Father in heaven is maintained at all times. During this time of shaking souls are being weighed in the balance and God does not judge as man does. The book of Acts 17:30, in the Amplified Bible clarifies it this way, "Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily attend to their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins)." It is sin that separates us from God, but it's confession and repentance from sin that restores us back to the Father by faith in the shed blood and sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ on the Cross in our sted.
"How shall we escape (appropriate retribution), if we neglect (refuse to give attention to) so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.."
1 John 1:8-9, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
I love how David spoke concerning personal repentance, cleansing and purification from his sins inPsalms 51:1-13,
"<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."
David did not try to hide his sins, failures and short comings before God, but he openly acknowledged them, and earnestly sought for God's forgiveness, cleansing and restoration. Every believer should use his example to humbly yield and submit ourselves before the Lord in turning away from all forms of sin, and return to adherence to the Holy character of Christ. Being restored back to God's character, image and likeness is what empowers us with dominion authority and causes the blessing and favor of God to be release upon our lives according to His original intent and purpose. The decision is yours to make. Think about it this way, is sin really worth the price of being separated from the blessing and favor of God, or wouldn't you rather have all of the promises, blessings, favor, pools of liberality, health, safety and protection that God's word promises to those who honor and obey His commands? The ultimate power of purity is the reward of eternal life to those who love God.
I want to dedicate this week's blog to the memory of my dear friend and brother in Christ, Archbishop Hirron I. Williams, who passed away Sunday October 2, 2011
You will be deeply missed!
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