Word of God

Purity of Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

[Matt 5:8 NET]

There is no beatitude in the Bible for anything unclean. We are told also that there is no room in heaven for anything that defileth. Therefore if we hope to enter heaven we must prepare for it here. To a child who expressed the wonder how he could ever get up to heaven, it was so far away, a wise mother’s reply was, “Heaven must first come down to you; heaven must first come in to your heart.” The words were very true. Heaven must really be in us, or we can never enter heaven. And just as we become pure in heart is heaven entering into us.

But what is heart purity? It is not sinlessness, for none are sinless. A pure heart must be a penitent heart that has been forgiven by Christ and cleansed by His blood. We have a Bible promise that though our sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. The pure heart is one, then, that Christ has cleansed. It is one also that is kept pure by obedient living and close communion with God. We are taught in the Scriptures that an important part of true religion is to keep one’s self unspotted from the world.

It is an evil world in which we live; but if we faithfully follow Christ, doing His will, keeping our hearts open to every influence of the divine Spirit, we shall be kept by divine power from the corruption that flows about us. As the lily remains pure and unstained amid the soiled waters of the bog in which it grows, so does the lowly, loving, patient heart of the Christian disciple remain pure in the midst of all this world’s corruption. Over such a heart God’s face beams in perpetual benediction. The vision on earth of course is never full and clear, but it grows brighter and brighter as the believer walks ever toward the morning, and at last it will be unclouded and full in the perfect day of heaven.

Mornings With God

Solomon replied, “You demonstrated great loyalty to your servant, my father David, as he served you faithfully, properly, and sincerely. You have maintained this great loyalty to this day by allowing his son to sit on his throne.

[1 Kgs 3:6 NET]

Solomon felt an obligation to be worthy because of the blessing God had shown to his father. We often talk of the responsibility of parents for their children, but we should think also of the responsibility of children for their parents.

Before David died he gave Solomon some advice: “Be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man, … that the Lord may establish His word which He spake concerning me.” The fulfillment of God’s promises to David would depend upon Solomon’s faithfulness. What David had done was but the beginning; it was Solomon’s mission to take up and continue his work.

An honoured parentage is a good heritage. It puts one under tremendous responsibility, too, for its blessings are a sacred trust, which must be kept unsullied, and accounted for. To be unfaithful in such circumstances is not only to leave our work undone, but to mar, possibly destroy, the good work of others, which had been put into our hands to finish.

Quiet Time

For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.’ Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be just as I have been told.

[Acts 27:23-25 NET]

An active faith can give thanks for a promise, though it be not yet performed; knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money.

~ Matthew Henry ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

In Adversity to Trust God

Listen to the Lord’s word, you leaders of Sodom! Pay attention to our God’s rebuke, people of Gomorrah!

[Isa 1:10 NET]

If Providence our comforts shroud,

And dark distresses lower,

Hope paints its rainbow on the cloud,

And grace shines through the shower.

Blessings

Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless against this huge army that attacks us! We don’t know what we should do; we look to you for help.”

[2 Chr 20:12 NET]

Jehoshaphat did not know what to do; he was altogether at his wit’s end; and yet he took the wisest course a man could take. This is the beauty of it; that when we are fools, then we are wise; when we are weak, then we are strong; when we know not what to do, then we do the only right thing. O had Jehoshaphat taken any other course; had he collected an army, sent through Judah, raised troops and forged swords and spears he would certainly have been defeated! But not knowing what to do, he did the very thing he should do. “Our eyes are upon you.” “You must fight our battles; you must take the matter into your own hands. Our eyes are upon you, waiting upon you, looking up, and hoping in you; believing in your holy name, expecting help from you, from whom alone help can come.”

But this is painful work to be brought to this point, “Our eyes are upon you,” implying there is no use looking to any other quarter. It assumes that the soul has looked, and looked, and looked elsewhere in vain, and then fixed its eyes upon God as knowing that from him alone all help must come.

This I believe to be the distinctive mark of a Christian, that his eyes are upon God. On his bed by night; in his room by day; in business or at market, when his soul is in trouble, cast down, and perplexed, his eyes are upon God. From him alone all help must come; none else can reach his case. All other but the help of God is ineffectual; it leaves him where it found him; it does him no good. We are never safe except our eyes are upon God. Let our eyes be upon him, we can walk safely; let our eyes be upon the creature, we are pretty sure to slip and stumble.