Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
Pure In Heart
What will help or hinder your ability to see my activity in the world around you? What will you do if you want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with me? If I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you I must decide to walk away from the world and all its evil. How will you do that? I will make a choice. I will separate myself from what will certainly try to entangle me in the world’s sin and evil. I will not go where I should not go. I will not do what I should not do. I will choose to live a life that will not stain my heart and mind with sin and evil. Does that seem possible to you? Isn’t sin and evil everywhere you turn in the world around you? Yes, it is and at one time I was completely enslaved to sin and evil in the world. I went where I should not have gone. I did what I should not have done. I lived a life seeking all the comfort and pleasure that the world had to offer me. I lived entirely to please myself. I was on a dark path walking away from you. What happened? How was your course changed? My life had become bruised and battered and broken by the self-centered, self-indulgent, self-sufficient way I was living. I began to suffer the wages of my sinful, evil life. In my pain, I cried out to you. I asked you to show yourself to me. I told you that I wanted to turn away from my sinful life to live a new life in you. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the dark and dreary path I was on. You set my feet on solid ground and allowed me to follow you. You did show yourself to me. You showed me your love, forgiveness and mercy. You forgave me of my sin and cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You broke the power of sin over my life. You gave me a new heart and mind. What kind of heart and mind was that? You gave me a heart and mind to want to love, follow and serve you. You made wanting to know you to be the desire of my heart. Now, I am filled with an overpowering desire to know you. That is very good. Yes, and so I now want to walk away from the sin and evil in the world so that I can love, follow and serve you. With your strength and help I will resist sin and evil of every kind. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will listen to your voice. I will see your activity. I will come to know you. I will follow you to where you lead me and do what you ask of me. I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, you will.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to know you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear and see your activity in the world around me. I want to be able to know and do your will. Help me to walk closely with you every day of my life. Amen
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