The Pureness of a Heart Desiring God

There is none upon earth that I desire besides You. — Psalm 73:25

C. S. Lewis wrote, “It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. . . . We are far too easily pleased” with lesser things than Him.

There is something special about having a pure heart and desiring God above all else. I’m at fault of wanting other things more than God (significant other, friends, success, money, etc.), but my desire for God is so strong!

Reflect on this scripture and song today …

Those things were important to me, but now I think they are worth nothing because of Christ. Not only those things, but I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him, I have lost all those things, and now I know they are worthless trash. This allows me to have Christ and to belong to him. Now I am right with God, not because I followed the law, but because I believed in Christ. God uses my faith to make me right with him. I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death. Then I have hope that I myself will be raised from the dead. – (Philippians 3:7-11 NCV)

Stay Pure,
Deidre S.

Purity Through Creation

God has made all things for us to enjoy. He rules over all His creation. & once we understand that, we can better understand & trust that He can handle our lives as well.

The Lord wisely designed all things for their specific purpose & fit everything together in perfect harmony.

If God is always tending to all He created in nature, how much more must He care for His most prized creation – people.

Psalm 104 helps us appreciate God through His creation and the way He cares for it. As you observe your natural surroundings thank God for His creativity. Take a fresh & pure look at people, seeing each one as God’s unique creation.

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Psalm 14

Only the fool denies God. How foolish it must seem to God when people say there is no God.

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! (Psalms 14:1-3 NLT)

The true atheist is either foolish or wicked. Foolish because he ignores the evidence that God exists or wicked because he refuses to live by God’s truths. We become atheists in practice when we rely more on ourselves than on God. The “fools” mentioned in Psalms 14:1-3 are aggressively perverse in their actions. To speak in direct defiance of God is utterly foolish according to the Bible.

Singing “Get right church and lets go home”.

Life is short people!

1 Peter 4:7 “Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer.”

Outer vs. Inner

Matthew 23:24 “Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!”

Here, the Pharisees strained their water so they wouldn’t accidentally swallow a gnat, an unclean insect according to the law. Meticulous about the details of ceremonial cleanliness, they nevertheless had lost their perspective on inner purity; in essence, they would then swallow a camel and not even notice. They were ceremonially clean on the outside but had corrupt hearts.

Plenty of the time we are like the Pharisees, we are so worried about our outward appearance and what is visible for other people to see. We focus on people more than we focus on God. But our allegiance is to God first, people second. When we contemplate the reactions & criticisms of people, we can become paralyzed in fear. But we know that God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). So instead of focusing on our outward appearance, let’s make sure that we have inner purity as well. Making sure our motives and thoughts are coming from God and His Word.

Prayer: God, I pray that you change our hearts. Teach us how to not focus on our outward appearance or what others may think of us for we know that is minuet. But help us to focus on something bigger, our heart and our thoughts. Teach us to be pure in your sight. Amen.

God Is Greater Than Your Conscience

So, we sin. Everyone knows that as long as you are on this earth you will sin. Because you are made of flesh and we are in a evil world.

Galatians 5:19 – “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,”

We may try daily to live a pure life and stay away from sin as God has called us to,

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” – Acts 22:16

but I think in the midst of trying to do right and sometimes failing, we can have doubts about ourselves and our conscience can beat us up. Every time I fall short of the glory of God, I have guilt and I feel terrible.

Here’s another example…

We are always likely to have hidden sin in our lives, sin we don’t even know about because God’s standards are so high and our performance is so imperfect. If we are true believers, however, all our sins are forgiven because of what Christ did on the cross in our behalf (Romans 5:1; 8:1). The bible also teaches that even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings (1 John 3:20). His forgiveness and cleansing are sufficient; they overrule our nagging doubts. The Holy Spirit in us is our prof that we are forgiven in God’a eyes even though we may feel guilty. After truly seeking God, we can stand up to others’ accusations as well as our own nagging doubts. If God has forgiven and accepted us, that’s all we need. When we feel guilty, we should remind ourselves that God knows our notices as well as our actions. His voice of assurance is stronger than the accusing voice of our conscience. If we are in Christ, he will not condemn us (Romans 8:1; Hebrews 9:14-15). So if you are living for the Lord but feeling that you are not good enough, remind yourself that God is greater than your conscience.

Be blessed!