When the Lord placed on my heart to write a message called, “Purify yourself!”, I didn’t think much of it. I have written many times over the years about how we must purify ourselves for the Lord. It was at the end of a long and blessed day in ministry work that I began searching for some verses. I was shocked by the ones to which the Lord led me! Isn’t it amazing how we can read the Bible daily for years and still discover more and more and learn and grow more and more and draw closer to the Lord increasingly? Imagine my surprise when I found this in the verses to which He led me.
The obvious is that we need to continually purify our lives by repenting and turning away from any and all wrongdoing as we go through our lives as the Lord’s children. But in the scriptures you will find below, the Lord showed me over and again His call for us to PURIFY OUR HEARTS! Because He desires we have PURE HEARTS! In the Bible, per Strong’s concordance, the word heart in the New Testament comes from a Greek word also signifying “thoughts and feelings.” Oh my!
We are called by God to purify our thoughts and feelings! Why? So they are pleasing and honoring to the Lord! We are then to love from PURE HEARTS! And to live from PURE HEARTS! What happens when our hearts get clogged up with sin such as pride, anger, hurt, bitterness, envy, judgment, condemnation, criticism, negativity, worry, fear, revenge, etc.? The space inside us that should be occupied by the Spirit of God and the Word of God and thoughts and feelings honoring to the Lord is taken up with sin! How can the love and blessedness of Christ pour into and through us and out onto the world around us when our hearts are clogged up with the impurities of sin? Oh, but how we cut off the supply of Christ’s love altogether or at the very least diminish it some or even greatl! We need our hearts to be pure for Jesus!
Friend, purify your heart AND your life! Continually! My Dad whom I dearly love is a retired kidney doctor. As a child, I saw people hooked up to dialysis machines to get all the toxins out of their bodies as best I understand it anyway. Why? So their bodies would work properly! Just like we need to rid ourselves of all the toxins of sin so our hearts and lives work the way they were intended – in a manner glorifying to the Lord!
Father, teach us to purify ourselves ongoingly. Is that a word, Lord? Ongoingly? I don’t know. But you know what I mean! I know, Lord, once in a while is not enough to purify ourselves. Once a week at the altar in a church building is not adequate. A ritual of once at the end of each day is not sufficient. May we purify ourselves on an ongoing basis, Lord. Whenever the need arises, lead us to repentance. Remind us to do what we need to do. To purify our hearts for you, dear Father. AMEN!
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8
“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,” 1 Timothy 1:5
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phil. 4:8