Monthly Archives: December 2016

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

What sort of blessing will those who are pure in heart receive? The greatest blessing of being pure in heart is that we live with the joy of having a pure heart! We must not think that Jesus is saying, “If you keep your hearts pure God will give you all sorts of physical blessings”. What could give us greater joy and peace than to know we are pure, undefiled and living with a fully cleansed consciences – and then to live in that fullness!

The opposite of this is, “This is what the LORD says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5). The worst part of not trusting God is living in the pain and frustration of trusting in man.

So how can we have and maintain a pure heart? David asked, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10). David knew that the only way he could have a pure heart was if God created it from nothing!

When we have faith in the Lord Jesus, God credits us as righteous – that is we are cleansed, pure and made new. He gives us a pure heart. Then as we walk in the holiness He has given us, the blood of Jesus goes on cleansing us from all of our sin.

This Christmas may you know the gift of living in God’s precious gift of purity.

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

What sort of blessing will those who are pure in heart receive? The greatest blessing of being pure in heart is that we live with the joy of having a pure heart! We must not think that Jesus is saying, “If you keep your hearts pure God will give you all sorts of physical blessings”. What could give us greater joy and peace than to know we are pure, undefiled and living with a fully cleansed consciences – and then to live in that fullness!

The opposite of this is, “This is what the LORD says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5). The worst part of not trusting God is living in the pain and frustration of trusting in man.

So how can we have and maintain a pure heart? David asked, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10). David knew that the only way he could have a pure heart was if God created it from nothing!

When we have faith in the Lord Jesus, God credits us as righteous – that is we are cleansed, pure and made new. He gives us a pure heart. Then as we walk in the holiness He has given us, the blood of Jesus goes on cleansing us from all of our sin.

This Christmas may you know the gift of living in God’s precious gift of purity.

2 Corinthians 5:4-5

“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 5:4-5).

We were created to have a heavenly body. This new body will not decay but be immortal, and one day all who trust in Jesus will receive this heavenly dwelling. God made us in for this very purpose to live in his life.

Our future is not in the things that this world says will bring hope, peace and pleasure. We can have every blessing this world can give and yet ‘forfeit our own soul’. It is so tempting for us to seek the approval and respect of men.

But through faith in Christ we receive a foretaste, a hope which cannot be removed even if we have none of the world’s blessings and even if we are scorned by men.

We have the Holy Spirit as a guarantee. “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5). There is nothing more precious than the Spirit alive in us. He brings heavenly treasures which give us peace, whether we have much or have nothing – we have hope!

2 Corinthians 5:4-5

“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 5:4-5).

We were created to have a heavenly body. This new body will not decay but be immortal, and one day all who trust in Jesus will receive this heavenly dwelling. God made us in for this very purpose to live in his life.

Our future is not in the things that this world says will bring hope, peace and pleasure. We can have every blessing this world can give and yet ‘forfeit our own soul’. It is so tempting for us to seek the approval and respect of men.

But through faith in Christ we receive a foretaste, a hope which cannot be removed even if we have none of the world’s blessings and even if we are scorned by men.

We have the Holy Spirit as a guarantee. “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5). There is nothing more precious than the Spirit alive in us. He brings heavenly treasures which give us peace, whether we have much or have nothing – we have hope!