Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
A pure heart is essential for communication with a Holy God. David understood this well as a man after God's own heart. He made this confession in Psalm 66:18; If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. We need a pure heart in order to see God and be heard by Him. How then do we see an invisible God?
In order for us to be pure in heart, we must be intentional and diligent in guarding our heart. Proverbs 4:23 instructs those who will live godly to: Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. The LORD warns us about the condition of the heart, by the prophet with these words — “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
We must pay attention to the attitude of our heart, because God is continually searching our hearts. Even when we do what appears to be the right thing, if our heart is motivated by selfish gain or some other unjust motive, our hearts become defiled. Consider the word that the LORD spoke to Ezekiel concerning the people to whom he ministered (Ezekiel 33:30-31) — “As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’ So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.
The pure in heart see God because they pursue the things of God. Beware of anything in your life that causes you to seek things that dim your eyesight or cause God not to hear you. When we hear the word and are not doers of the word, we choose our own path above the path that God has set before us. There was a season in the church, where the prosperity gospel caused many to pursue their own gain. Believing that it was the will of God, even though the word expressly says: If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such, withdraw yourself.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.[Psalm 62:10] Whatever God has for you, it will follow you, pursue you and overtake you, for the blessings of the Lord makes rich, and does not add sorrow. Set your heart on Him, and He will do the rest. Do not allow your heart to be defiled in the pursuit of things that are passing away. Let us commit ourselves to the purification of our hearts. If you want to see God, He has promised a revelation of Himself to the pure in heart. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
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