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Blessed are the Pure in Heart. Matthew 5:8. God cares about the heart. God looks a the heart

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god cares about the heart
God cares about the heart
  • God looks a the heart
    • 1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
    • Psalm 24:3-4 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
god cares about the heart1
God cares about the heart
  • God looks a the heart
  • Not just head knowledge
    • Romans 10:9-10 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
    • Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
god cares about the heart2
God cares about the heart
  • God looks a the heart
  • Not just head knowledge
  • Not just conduct, ethics or behavior
    • 1 Samuel 15:22 22 But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
what is the heart
What is the “heart”?
  • Defined: Center of personality… all of one’s being and personality
  • Source of our troubles
    • Matthew 12:33-36 33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
what is the heart1
What is the “heart”?
  • Defined: Center of personality… all of one’s being and personality
  • Source of our troubles
    • Matthew 15:17-20 17 "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'"
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What is the “heart”?
  • Defined: Center of personality… all of one’s being and personality
  • Source of our troubles
  • Is corrupt by nature
    • Jeremiah 17:9-10 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
what is the heart3
What is the “heart”?
  • Defined: Center of personality… all of one’s being and personality
  • Source of our troubles
  • Is corrupt by nature
  • Education alone cannot make us good.
what does it mean to be pure
What does it mean to be “pure”?

Two main ways to define

  • Without defilement, clean
    • Revelation 21:27 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
    • Revelation 22:14-15 14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
what does it mean to be pure1
What does it mean to be “pure”?

Two main ways to define

  • Without defilement, clean
  • Without hypocrisy, single minded focus, sincere, genuine
    • Isaiah 29:13 13 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
    • Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
    • Romans 7:22-23 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
what does it mean to be pure2
What does it mean to be “pure”?

Two main ways to define

  • Without defilement, clean
  • Without hypocrisy, single minded focus, sincere, genuine

Being like Jesus

    • 1 Peter 2:22 22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
blessed are the pure in heart for they will see god
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God

In Hebrew, to see a thing, meant you possessed it, enjoyed the benefits of it.

blessed are the pure in heart for they will see god1
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God
  • Now
    • In nature
    • Events of history
    • Sense of knowing Him, sense of feeling He is near, enjoying His presence.
    • In His dealings with us
  • Yet to be
    • See Him face to face
how to get a pure heart
How to get a “Pure Heart”?
  • Mourn your inability to change and ask God for help
    • Psalm 51:10 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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How to get a “Pure Heart”?
  • Mourn your inability to change and ask God for help
  • Trust the Holy Spirit to give you a clean heart as you seek to have a clean heart.
    • Philippians 1:6 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    • Philippians 2:12-13 12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.