The Pure in Heart See God
Given By: "Glenn D. Blank" On Saturday, June 30, 2012

How many of you can honestly say, “I am pure in heart”?

How many of you would like to be able to say, “I am pure in heart”?
As I meditated on this message, the Ruach HaKodesh spoke to me, “Do not look at purity as impossible because it is perfect; look at purity as desirable because it is delightful.”

 

A father once came home from his work and saw his little girl—who had been playing in the mud.
He said to her, “My, my, you’re pretty dirty!” She replied, “Yes, daddy—but I’m prettier clean!” 

Sometimes we define purity in terms of what it’s not—the pollution that taints the water;

the sweat and dirt that makes our body grimy; the immorality the makes our souls impure.

How many of you think of purity that way—in terms of what it’s not?

There’s some justification: purity is certainly without filth or stain.
So, Ephesians 5:25-27 says that Messiah “gave Himself up for [his bride] to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word. Messiah did this so that He might present to Himself His glorious community—not having stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but in order that she might be holy and blameless.”Certainly Yeshua wants to do a deep cleaning—to have a bride without stain or wrinkle.

As hard as it is to keep white clothes white for more than a few hours, how much more so our souls?
Ephesians 5:5 says, “For of this you can be sure: every sexually immoral,impure or greedy person— that is, every idol- worshipper — has no share in the Kingdom of the Messiah and of God.”

So when you strives for purity, you may think of it as not lustful, not greedy, not idolatrous.

Yet how many of us can say, my heart is pure—with no lust or coveting?

 

Proverbs 20:9 challenges, “Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?”
Job 4:17 says, “‘Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?”

And just in case, there’s anyone who still clinging to the illusion about one’s own purity. Proverbs 30:12 warns, “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth.”

 And in Matthew 5:27–29, Yeshua says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.”
So, how many guys are wincing? (No need to raise your hands…. Ladies, it works the other way, too.)

 

With such a negative view of purity, we might not bother pursuing it.

That’s why the Lord said to me, “Do not look at purity as impossible because it is perfect; look at purity as desirable because it is delightful.”

Purity is not just the absence of pollution; it’s the presence of splendor and delight.

Purity is like water that is so clean that you can see right through it to the bottom. Delightful?

It applies to souls, too—a pure soul is transparent; you see its motives from its words and deeds.

How many have tasted pure water? Taste and see how good our God can be! Purity is delicious!

You can find this pure water in Revelation 22:1, “Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life—bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
Many translations have “clear of crystal,” but the Greek here is lampron—the brightness of a lamp.
Purity is not only clean and clear; it’s shiny—“bright as crystal”—light shines right through it,
 yet even as it does, it magnifies and intensifies everything you see through it.

Purity reveals the glory of God and the Lamb of God—from His throne flows the pure water of life.

Purity also reveals the glory of the kedoshim who behold the glory of God and who reflect His glory.

Purity is glorious; purity promotes healing—the healing of the nations from the fruit of the tree of life.

A silversmith uses fire to remove the dross, not for the sake of the dross, but to reveal the pure silver.

Psalm 12:7(6), “The words of Adonai are pure words—like silver refined in an earthly crucible,

purified seven times.” That’s why HaShem is perfectly willing to refine our souls—there’s something that He sees in us that is lovely to Him. There is something He sees in you that is splendid and delightful to Him—the real you, the pure you, the you that shines and reflects His image.

O, how much He wants you to desire what He desires, to love what He loves—His pure image in you!

That’s why He gave us His pure words—to create in us a desire to conform to His pure image.
And that’s why He shed His pure blood—to make what is impossible on your own possible in Him.

 

Hebrews 10:22 woos us, “So let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and bodies washed with pure water.”

How do you get a pure heart? Not by self-effort— I think of Lady Macbeth trying to wash off the stain of blood she shed, but she cannot—“Out, out, damn spot!”—because the stain is guilt on her soul.

How do you wash out the stain of guilt? Some people keep reproaching themselves; you feel unworthy.
If that’s you, I believe the Lord would say to you, “Stop it! You are worthy. I shed my blood for you!
When I look at you, I see a reflection of my image, my glory—and it’s delightful!”

He wants us to draw near to Him with a true heart in full assurance of faith.
For it is by faith in His pure blood that our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our glorious bodies washed with the pure water of eternity. Amen?

In Psalm 51:12(10), David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

David was very aware of his sin before God—what had started with lust on a rooftop had blown up into full fledged adultery and conspiracy to murder! So if you have struggled with guilt, consider David!

David understood that he could not possibly atone for his sins, let alone make for himself a clean heart.

Only God can purify your heart and soul. And God has provided the pure blood of the Lamb to do it.

Have you all put your trust in the blood of the Lamb to atone for your sins and give you a clean heart?


If you have begun to trust in the Lamb, Messiah Yeshua, then know that He has destined you for glory,

in the new heavens and the new earth! That’s where the pure water flows; that’s where your pure soul reflects His glorious love and delights the Father, who delights over you.

In Matthew 5:8, in His magnificent Sermon on the Mount,Yeshua says to his talmidim (disciples),

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

How many of you want to see God? That is your destiny; that is why Yeshua came for you.

Those who respond to His call and follow Him will certainly see Him in His glory in olom haba,
the world to come—in the world to come, the water is pure enough to see through, and so are our souls.

1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see in a mirror dimly;then face to face.”

Yet even if olam hazeh(this world) I can only catch a glimpse of the glory in a mirror,

I still want that glimpse!

How about you? How many of you want a glimpse of the glory of God?
How many of you want a glimpse of the the glory of you in Messiah, that you share with Messiah?

Psalm 24:3–4 tells us, “Who may go up on the mountain of Adonai? And who may stand in His holy place? One with clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully.”

Paul Wilbur comments on these verses, “In biblical times there were strict regulations of ceremonial purity and rules for service before the presence of the Lord. There were washings for the body, special garments for the priests, anointing with oil, and preparations to be made before going in to minister before Adonai. But for those whose heart was set on the face of the Lord, there was favor, blessing, and righteousness, because God has provided His yeshuah, salvation.”
Those who have assurance of faith in Yeshua are called to His mountain—in olam hazeh as well as

olam haba—and we are called to climb up with clean hands and a pure heart.

A pure heart represents our heart attitude—our trust, our sincerity, our desire.

Clean hands represent our deeds—our obedience. They go together—trust and obey. Amen?

 

In John 3:3, Yeshua says, “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

Obedience does not produce a pure heart, but it does reflect a pure heart.

We can fast and pray, not to produce purity on our own, but to show forth His purity.

When I fast, I ask for God’s grace—and it makes all the difference—both physically and spiritually!

Fasting (and praying) is vanity if it’s self-effort; yet fasting (and praying) is glory when it’s in partnership with God, walking in the light of life, in the Spirit. Amen?

 

Jacob 1:27 says,Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress,and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Pure and undefiled religion is practical; it makes a difference; it cares for people. Amen?
We can do mitzvot (good deeds), not to make ourselves pure, but to show forth His purity. Amen?

A pure heart is precious. How many of you want one?

It’s yours for the asking! Just trust, and obey, just walk in the light, in the Spirit.

 

Questions to ponder

How many of you have thought of purity mostly in terms of what it’s not?

 

OK, what produces impurity? Be specific: purity is transparent!

 

Do any of you struggle with impurity?

 

Is it helpful to visualize purity in terms of what it is? Why?

 

How does the Bible describe purity?  Can you visualize purity now?

 

Why is purity desirable?

When God looks at you from the perspective of eternity, what does He see? (Does He see purity or not?)

 

Why does God see you as pure and delightful? What has He done to make us pure in His sight?

 

When Yeshua teaches his disciples,“the pure in heart … shall see God,” what does He mean?

 

Consider Psalm 24:3-4. Do clean hands produce a pure heart,or the other way around?

What’s the connection between trust and obedience in producing purity?

 

How can fasting and prayer enhance purity? How can God’s grace help with fasting and prayer?

 

Jacob 1:27. What’s the connection between mitzvot (good deeds) and pure religion?

 

How do you get a pure heart?

 

How do you keep yourself pure?

See Psalms 119:9, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.”

 

Let’s pray…