Let's start off with the scripture:

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." said Jesus in Matthew 5:8.

What do you think . . does that mean sinless?

Pure in heart . . never committed a sin? No.

It means heart and desires have been purified as by fire.

Have you heard it said . . The heart wants what it wants! Did you ever follow that through to the end and find out you made the biggest mistake of your life?

I did :( 20's & foolish :(

Here is a true story told to me by a friend who is now deceased and left no family behind. She met a man. She thought he was a wonderful christian. They went to church together, prayed together and seemed very compatible. Immediately upon returning to the house after the wedding he said this:

Now you can take your 'little god' and go sit in the corner with him.

He left. She was beside herself with grief. He continued to cause her pain way past the divorce being final. Why, you may wonder? Why? She wondered too.

Actually, here is an answer in the Bible:

Jeremiah 17:9

King James Version: "The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it?"

Now add to that . . a person's conscience can be seared. 1 Timothy 4:1-2. "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (As evidenced on the news the awful things people do to each other.)

Now go back and re-read the one-line scripture in red . . . they shall see God.

The verse describing people in Jeremiah & 1 Timothy - how well do you think they are seeing God? It's not likely that they are seeing Him at all.

But when our desires have been purified by the Lord, then our vision will be clearer. And if our vision gets murky again . . we should take a look at our desires . . where are they pointing?

I challenge you to read both the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 and the Sermon on the Mount verses Matthew 5:1-13 and see if you notice any similarities.

Then I would love for you to leave a comment about that or about anything you have on your mind. I will point out the similarities next week unless you find them.

Remember, God is waiting to hear from you. Listen to Lauren Daigle as she sings this song from the Lord to YOU.

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