SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Matthew 5:8

A PURE HEART

#7 - SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

THE DEFINITION OF A PURE HEART

 

What does the Lord Jesus mean when he talks about the heart?

He is talking about everything that goes on inside of us, including our intellect and emotions. He is talking about the "real us", the control center of who we are. And Jesus tells us that in order to be happy because God approves of us, we must have a pure heart.

 

When we think of the word pure, we probably think of cleanliness. We would probably think of a pure heart as one that is clean in the eyes of God. And indeed that is one of the meanings of the word pure.

 

There is another definition for pure however, and that is illustrated by Ivory Soap, which is 99 and 44/100% pure.

Ivory soap is pure soap because it is not mixed with anything else!

Pure also means "unmixed".

 

One of the best Bible examples of a man with a pure heart is David. He is called a man after God's own heart in Acts 13:22.

Although David, like the rest of us, had moments of failure, he was for the most part a man of unmixed loyalty to God. Psalms 108:1, 112:7, 19:14, 139:23-24

 

THE DEFILEMENT OF THE HEART

 

Every human being has heart problems. Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23

Even those of us who are Christians struggle with hearts that waver in their loyalty to God. James 1:8, Matthew 6:24

Our condition is so bad that we have no hope of change without the help of God.

 

THE DEPLOYMENT OF A NEW HEART

 

We've heard a lot about deployment lately.

Troops are being deployed to the Middle East.

When they are deployed they are activated and sent to a specific place.

 

Christian, I've got great news for you!

The moment you were saved, God deployed a new heart inside of you. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Jeremiah 24:7, Hebrews 10:16-17

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PURE HEART

 

When a baby is born, he or she has all the body parts.

They simply need to be developed.

When you were born into the Kingdom of God, you received all you need to practice living with a pure heart. Your new heart needs to be developed!

 

The first thing we need to do is to ask ourselves, "What is in my life that is more important to me than God?"

 

Is it my job?

Is it the fantasies of my thought life?

Is it my computer?

Is it the television, or music?

Is it my wife, children, or another person?

Is it sports?

Is it a hobby of some sort?

Is it my house or car?

Or is it myself?

 

James 4:4 - If I walked up to you and accused you being an adulterer or an adulteress, you would be ready to punch out my lights.

And yet how many of us are guilty of the worse kind of Spiritual adultery, putting something or someone ahead of God?

 

This is why we are not pure in heart!

What can we do about it? James 4:7:10, Revelation 2:4-5

 

After confessing our sins, we need commit our full loyalty to Christ. Romans 12:1

 

It would be good to adapt some of the prayers of David to our own lives. Psalm 86:11, 63:1-2

 

And remember, because Jesus is with us continually, we can abide in Him and He in us. As we do that, we will pattern our behavior after Him. John 15:4-5,7

 

Maintaining a pure heart is a continuous process.

The Lord will empower you to do it.

But you must work at it.

 

THE DELIGHT OF A PURE HEART

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

There is reward for being pure in heart.

First of all, every person who has become a Christian will literally see God. 1 John 3:2-3

But as we maintain a pure heart now God will reveal Himself to us. There are ways in which we will see God even before we get to Heaven.

 

According to Warren Wiersbe, the pure in heart will see God in at least three different areas. ." Warren Wiersbe, Live Like a King (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1976), p. 119-122

 

        The Pure In Heart Will See God in Creation

 

When we are focused on God, we will appreciate His work throughout all creation. We will recognize his magnificent hand at work. Psalm 19:1

 

        The Pure in Heart see God in Circumstances. Romans 8:28

 

        The Pure in Heart See God in His Word.

 

When you are pure in Heart your understanding of the Word of God whether being read or preached will increase.

You will see truth "jump off the page" when you are pure in heart!

One of the reasons God speaks to hearts that are pure is because those with pure hearts want God to speak! Psalm 119:18