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The Power of a Pure Heart

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INTRO
Don’t you love springtime?
Warm and sunny, nice breeze, cookouts, flowers, blossomed trees…it’s awesome!
With all the good that comes with it, there are a few negatives...
How many of you like the pollen?!
Doesn’t matter how nice your car is, it looks dirty fast!
Anyone with sinuses? How many times in on day can someone have to blow their nose?! Get out the neti pot!
Oh, and the birds come out! Aren’t they beautiful?
Oh, and the birds come out! Aren’t they beautiful?
I love sitting on our back deck or in the house with the windows open and hearing the birds sing while I study.
Doesn’t matter how nice your car is, when birds decide to aim for it, your car still gets dirty! …isn’t that right, Gabe?!
The kids love playing outside too!
Then, it rains, and the yard gets muddy! Take your shoes off!
Then we remember, it’s spring cleaning!
Doesn’t matter how nice your house is or if you have done your spring cleaning, it still has to be cleaned…daily.
Look, we try to simplify in the Cole house.
We sold Max to a breeder on a farm…yah, I know it’s wrong to sell your kids’ 130lb dog, but we had to. He’s becoming a poppa, so he’s happy.
We got this robo vaccum last year, and having a robot around has been nice! We had like 15 of our GloClean employees over in the New Year, and we joked that we were replacing them with robots!
No matter how nice your house is or how much you try to simplify, your house still has to be cleaned! CAN I GET A WITNESS?!
Our heart is no different.
You may leave from assembling with your church feeling like your heart is full of Christ and His Word…but you will still need to clean it daily.
A pure heart is a lifestyle and pursuit, not something you achieve.
The good news is that our heart can be clean.
Jesus said blessed are the pure in heart…speaking of our soul and desires, not our physical heart.

So, what is a pure heart?

Singleness of heart
THREE DESCRIPTIONS OF A PURE HEART

A PURE HEART IS PURGED

ILL—even expensive cars need washed and clothes need ironed and washed
ILL—even in nice homes, dishes have to be washed and trash has to be taken out.
Jesus justifies, forgives, and cleanses.
1 John 1:9 KJV 1900
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus not only wants us “declared righteous”
Not only can Jesus “declare us righteous,” but also, he can cleanse and make us righteous if we will come to Him with true confession.

Confess: ὁμολογῶμεν, (homologomen)

You can be cleansed from that thing you have that you never would!
Is a pure heart cleansed, but a pure heart is undivided.

A PURE HEART IS UNDIVIDED

Singleness of heart
Matthew 6:22–24 KJV 1900
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Single: ἁπλοῦς (haplous) sincere, without guile
ἁπλοῦς: haplous: sincere, without guile
Luke 12:21–33 KJV 1900
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 12:21–33 KJV 1900
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 12:
Luke 12:21-

A PURE HEART IS SURE

Romans 14:22 KJV 1900
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Luke 12:21–33 KJV 1900
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 12:21-3
Romans 14:22

That is, the Christian who engages in practices with a doubtful mind is condemning himself and those practices by his very attitude. Whatever we do that is not of faith is sin, for the Christian lives by faith. “Faith comes by … the Word of God,” says Rom. 10:17 (NKJV); so anything I do that I cannot back up by the Word of God is sin, because I cannot do it by faith.

“If it’s doubtful, it’s dirty!” is a good policy to follow. No one would drink milk or water that possibly was contaminated; nor would we accept food that might possibly be poisoned. Yet many Christians carelessly engage in practices that even the world questions. They never face the fact that whatever is doubtful is not of faith, and therefore is sin.

A PURE HEART SEES GOD

Let me illustrate with a couple pictures.

BELIEVE > BEHOLD > BECOME

BELIEVE > BEHOLD > BECOME

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