A Pure Heart

O the blessedness of the pure in heart, for they shall see God
Matthew 5:8

King David in the Psalms understands what it means to have a clean heart and had the understanding to pray to God for Cleansing. He knew that if the heart was not right then the rest of the body and his soul would fail him. David had a repentant heart and though his life was tormented with disaster, he still kept God’s Word as best he could.

What is the heart?
The heart in Hebraic thinking is considered the whole person to include the mind, emotions, will, and the spirit or inner life. The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god (Psalm 24:4). The person with a clean heart refuses to accept false teachings and idols of man. Another thought on the heart is: Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the LORD (Col. 3:22). This is talking about the clear devotion to God in every situation. If we stay on course and do not become distracted and victims of the ways of man, we shall see God. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (1 Cor. 13:12). They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads (Rev 22:4).

Purity Of the Heart
To have purity of the heart we need to keep our mind always on God. This requires us not to confuse the mind with worldly things or ideas that go against the teachings of Scripture. The problem is that we live in an information overloaded driven society that is sometimes hard to get away from. The United States is so commerce driven that everything has an advertisement attached to it. Yes, even this site has advertisements which help support our ministry but we use the funds for God’s will and work not our own. We cannot have duplicity of heart and fully focus on God, it is virtually impossible.

Creation of a Clean Heart
All of Scripture exclaims how to keep a clean heart that wavers in passion for the Truth in God’s Holy Presence. This said we must stay in His Word and trust in Jesus that He hears our plea for repentance and stay the course which leads to oneness in Him. Think of it pretty much like a relationship. When the relationship is connected through unwavering focus, all is healthy and good. When someone does something that makes a separation, the trust and devotion is gone and must be rebuilt to get back into good standing which leads to a healthy relationship. Creating a clean heart is great but keeping it clean, that is the hard part for us.

Our Advantage
We have something that some Jews only dream of, a personal relationship with our Savior. We know that we are not worthy of the saving grace and mercy provided for us but because we put our faith and trust in Jesus, and do the best we can to follow His instruction and example as well as repent and change, we are good. The disadvantage is that it is hard for some to change. God knows this He does love all of us but has a special place in His being for those who desire the clean heart and do their very best not to waver. How is your heart health?

Be Blessed
Rob Servant of God

Heartache: Blessed are Those Who Morn

O the blessedness of those who mourn, for they shall be comforted
Matthew 5:4

When someone leaves this world there is a period of mourning that occurs by those who are left to suffer. When we mourn we are actually mourning our condition which is still mortal while rejoicing that the one who past is (we hope) now in a better place. How can someone rejoice when in sorrow? There is a feeling of loss, a tender moment that cuts to the heart, but in that moment is also a sense of relief that the pain and suffering the person had while here, is gone.

So it is with sin. When we repent we are showing our sorrow that we have lived a life outside of the arms of God. The godly sorrow that results from the mourning of repentance is the step required to move towards eternal happiness. God grieves over this lost world so God comforts those who mourn in the separation so He may give them encouragement and strength to make it through this life.

The Psalmist says, “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) How blessed are those who seek God in their pain. Those who recognize their sinful nature and repent are much better off than those who deny their sins and refuse the comfort that comes in repentance. They will not be comforted for those who deny that sin is wrong will taste death, which is permanent separation from God.

We are saved by grace through faith because we cannot save ourselves from the death that is the result of our sinful nature. We have the choice to be believe and be saved or not to believe and suffer for all eternity. To those who choose life, “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven (1 Cor 15:49)”.

The site, hebrew4christians.com says this to speak the opposite of our verse this week: “O the misery of those who love this world, for they will receive no consolation in the world to come.” If you stay in the world you will be in and of the world and pass away, those who abide in the Word and the Will of God will live forever.

Oh The Joy

Jesus was on a mount in front of many who desired to hear His words. We all know that Jesus had a way with how He spoke depending on the crowd but each message was pretty much the same. The Beatitudes are really no different. We have, however, misunderstood what Jesus was saying. The selections are from the CJB so that you can understand it in a more clear translation.

and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
“How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.
“How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!
“How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled.
“How blessed are those who show mercy! for they will be shown mercy.
“How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God.
“How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.
“How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. Matthew 5:2-12

There is something about the Beatitudes that really hits the heartstrings. Now, most would call this a progression as it takes a person from start to finish of being a Christian. Okay, well, not so much. What is seen as a bad state here is blessed by God in the Kingdom and what is seen as prosperous is seen as bad in the Kingdom. Earthly values do not matter in Heaven. Pay attention to the woes in Luke, see the change?

He looked at his talmidim (Disciples) and said:
“How blessed are you poor! for the Kingdom of God is yours.
“How blessed are you who are hungry! for you will be filled.
“How blessed are you who are crying now! for you will laugh.
“How blessed you are whenever people hate you and ostracize you and insult you and denounce you as a criminal on account of the Son of Man. Be glad when that happens; yes, dance for joy! because in heaven your reward is great. For that is just how their fathers treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already had all the comfort you will get!
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will go hungry!
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and cry!
“Woe to you when people speak well of you, for that is just how their fathers treated the false prophets! Luke 6:20-26

Humility is the Key

Jesus main message to all of us is to humble and treat each other as we are commanded to. Did you know that the word we know are preaching and teaching actually meant to demand? So Jesus commanded the joy (blessings) of the lowly, the mourners, the gentle, those who show mercy, and more. They who are those ways will have greater rewards in heaven that those who enjoy such rewarding ways on the earth.

Think about it, Jesus always flipped the script on those who thought they were going to have greater rewards in heaven because of their greatness on the earth. Boy are they in for a surprise when they get home, if they get home. Those that sacrifice earthly joy and happiness for suffering and serving will become like kings and queens under God. How great a life that will be.

So yeah, for those who suffer now and who will be suffering for Christianity, it will be all right. Have patience and accept ridicule with joyful humility. Sing praises in times of feeling weakest for we will gain the strength of all the Disciples who were martyred before us. We might not be killed for our faith but we will have a rough life ahead. I know it will be hard, but our pride in our faith will be shown through the outpouring of the Blood of Christ and His Love within us.

Do you Have the Right Attitude to Be in Christ?

Slide1

Welcome to 2018. It is interesting that the next day in the 12 Days of Christmas, Eight Maids A-Milking, points to the Beatitudes. These are the blessings that Jesus bestowed upon those who at the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are: The Poor in Spirit, Those who Mourn, The Meek, Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, The Merciful, Those Pure in Heart, Peacemakers, Martyrs and others who are persecuted for Christ. But these are more than blessings these are attitudes a Christian must possess. They are linked directly with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. What a great way to start the year than to be reminded of a right Christian attitude which we should strive to have this year.

Slide2These blessings are meant for those who are in His presence and who will listen to His Word. The simplest explanation to the blessings is this: Being a Christian is very hard work and in most cases requires no physical work because being a Christian is striving to become a more Spiritual being. WE are humbled as we mourn our fallen souls. BE gentle and kind having self-control who strive for completion in righteousness. SHow mercy, compassion, love, and forgiveness to those who suffer or are in distress. STrive to be free of all selfish and self-serving desires. BE people of true peace even to the point of dying for the sake of our beliefs.

That was the Beatitudes in a nutshell but do you see how we need to be to receive the blessings on the Mount. To start we must rid ourselves of ourselves and humbly bow into Christ, giving up all things of the world that truly do not make us happy. To many that means giving up certain vices that are such a part of life that we would be lost completely without them if we did not know God. Then we must recognize that we cannot survive in this world on our own. We are prone to deeds that go against God’s design and plan for our lives.

 Slide3 Following Jesus means that you might be looked at as someone who does not follow the status quo, someone who works a normal job but has a belief system that does not match how society thinks they are supposed to live. For this, we are persecuted by those the devil has a firm grip on. The Christian knows the difference. The Christian knows his/her place in the world is not to have material success. We know we are not perfect but we strive to live a right moral life in accordance with God’s Word. Because we know that, For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. It is only through Jesus that we are saved from eternal darkness and can enter into the Kingdom of God.

THIS does not mean that once we have Jesus in our lives we are good and don’t need to do anything else. We cannot continue living as we were in the world. In other words we cannot continue to live in the sinfulness of our past but only in the spirit of the present life in Christ. Giving up our worldly nature is the most difficult thing especially in this day and age of mass media and communication. People share their sinfulness for all to see, boasting in it and in some cases actually making and serving the idol of money while taking many down with them.

WITH it being a new year, let’s continue to strive to not be enticed into temptation but seek Jesus every minute of every day. Be slow to anger and frustration by turning the other cheek where in our weakness we will have the strength of Jesus turning away from sin.

Be blessed this year. Share Christ in all things and do not let those who hate, deter your Love for Jesus. You will be rewarded in heaven, no longer needing physical nourishment nor seeking spiritual nourishment for it will be given freely.

Love to all in this New Year, New Start, Renewed Life in the Spirit, and God Bless You