A PURE HEART WINS

Sermon on the Mount (pt. 8)

Growing up Catholic in the 1960’s, we were taught that no one outside the Catholic Church could be saved, or, in our terminology of the time, go to heaven.

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 4

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

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Guarding our heart requires that we be proactive with respect to those things that would tend to corrupt it—and those things are as many as the sands on the beach.

Therefore, it is NOT possible to take a preventative action against a certain type of enemy. We must have some sort of protection that will protect our heart against ANY kind of invasion.

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 2

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

 

FALLING ASLEEP ON DUTY

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Pro. 4:23 NLT)

In Part 1 we learned that your heart determines your life, which basically means that YOU determine your life. I say that, because it is up to you to guard your heart.

If you guard it, you have control.

If you do not guard it, you do not have control over your life, but are at the effect of anything and every thing that comes along.

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THE ISSUE OF LIFE–part 1

Pondering the Principles of Proverbs

GuardHeartSnoopy “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Pro. 4:23 NLT)

I heard Billy Graham say, in effect, “I looked over the newspaper this morning and read about murders, rapes, robberies, adulteries, embezzlements and other problems in this city, and I wasn’t bothered.

“And that bothers me.”

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The Stethoscope

Is your heart okay?

~Learning to Speak the Word

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Learning to Speak the Word.

Speaking the Word must begin with learning the word. That begins with reading the Word and placing it in our minds continually, until it filters down into our hearts as we continually repeat it. This process works so well that the advertising business has used it for their products. It changes the way we think.

James is a good place to start the renewing of your mind, with the goal of placing God’s word in your mouth.


Picture a teapot. God’s word, living water, is poured into the pot. It filters through the tea of your mind into the body of the pot, your heart, and is poured out the spout, your mouth, to refresh those around you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV)


The words of the song come to mind: “Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our soul to another, O Lord let us be a generation that seeks your face, O God of Jacob.”

Matthew Henry wrote the following for James 4:1-10:

“Draw nigh to God, in his worship and institutions, and in every duty he requires of you.” 2. Cleanse your hands. He who comes unto God must have clean hands. Paul therefore directs to lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting (1 Tim 2:8), hands free from blood, and bribes, and every thing that is unjust or cruel, and free from every defilement of sin: he is not subject to God who is a servant of sin. The hands must be cleansed by faith, repentance, and reformation, or it will be in vain for us to draw nigh to God in prayer, or in any of the exercises of devotion. 3. The hearts of the double-minded must be purified. Those who halt between God and the world are here meant by the double-minded. To purify the heart is to be sincere, and to act upon this single aim and principle, rather to please God than to seek after any thing in this world: hypocrisy is heart-impurity; but those who submit themselves to God aright will purify their hearts as well as cleanse their hands. (Emphasis added)

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

Drawing near to God requires faith, repentance, and reformation. It requires clean hands, free from wrath and doubting. It requires a pure heart, free from double-mindedness. It requires a single purpose, aim and principle. We believe, we turn from the present way of thinking, we change to a new way of thinking as we converse with God, we accept his way of thinking. We put it into action, denying doubts and WRATH {The Bible declares that all people are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph 2:3) (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)}. Sin is a translation of wrath. We keep a single purpose that has one aim, to please God, and one principle to be what he wants.

To summarize,

we believe,

we turn from the present way of thinking,

we change to a new way of thinking, [the renewing of our mind] as

we converse with God,

we accept his way of thinking,

we act by denying doubts and wrath (sin), and

we focus on a single purpose that has one aim—to please God,

and one principle—to

be what he wants.

Read the Word, learn the Word, speak the Word, share the Word.

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