( Matt. 5:8 ) “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.
Purity is the result of continued spiritual harmony with God, i.e., we have to grow in purity. This is reflected by our inner life as conditioned by life’s experiences and nurturing, and our ‘outer life’, contact with other people and responses and reactions to the world, the flesh and the devil. These are to be dealt with by the constant renewing of the ‘spirit of the mind’ to remove the spots and stains of life. If the outer level of our spiritual life with God is impaired to the slightest degree, we must put everything aside until we make it right.
The principles of Luke 9:23-24 ; Eph. 4:22-24 ; Matt. 22:37-40 guide our lives to purify our hearts and direct our behavior. We die to our self-orientation by judging and evaluating a feeling-oriented life. And we respond to life on the basis of our will, and our will based on God’s word. Our mind is the focal point as we change a self-focus to a God focus. The evidence of a godly focus is proved by our biblical responses to others and to the circumstances of life. Accordingly, we place ourselves under the influence and domain of the Holy Spirit Who on the basis of our biblical responses to life changes our root and belief systems to conform to the image of Christ. Our soul is to be the same as the soul of Christ: His soul is to be our soul.
Matt. 7:5 states that the process of change begins with developing an acute sensitivity to sin. We judge ourselves first, not others, to see if we are living as new creatures before God. As we do, we will place ourselves in the position to help restore others. Therefore, we examine ourselves according to God’ s truth as revealed in Matt. 5:43-46; Rom. 2:1-10 ; Rom. 5:1-5 ; Rom. 12:1-21 ; Eph. 4:17-32 ; Col. 3:1-17 ; 1 Pet. 3:9-18 ; 2 Pet. 1:3:11 .
As we examine ourselves daily, putting-off the old man and putting-on the new man, a process of simple obedience to the word of God, the doing of the word of God, the Holy Spirit will change our root and belief systems to be in accord with the image of Christ. This is a lifetime process. Our job is to be faithful on a daily basis putting-off and putting on, the Holy Spirit will do the rest: enlighten, enable and empower us to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbor as our self (Matt. 22:37-39).
( Rom. 6:3-11 ; Gal. 2:20 ; 1 Pet. 4:1-2 ; 2 Pet. 1:4 ) We are made “partakers of the divine nature” receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature into our human nature by developing godly habits. Gradually we begin to view life, no longer from the fleshly or carnal perspective, but from the spiritual: being and doing God’s will on earth.
(Jer. 17:9; Heb. 4:12; Matt. 15:18-20 ) You cannot fully understand your own heart but God’s word is the measure and instrument by which the heart level of your problem is discerned. “‘Let not your heart be troubled…’ ( John 14:1,27 ). Am I then hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? If I believe in Jesus and His attributes, am I living up to my belief? Am I allowing anything to disturb my heart, or am I allowing any questions to come in which are unsound or unbalanced? I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.”
may you be stamp and branded by the attitude of purity