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PURE LIFE // A PURE HEART

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INTRODUCTION

YOU HAVE BEEN IN A STUDY OF PURITY
TONIGHT WE GET TO LOOK AT HOW PURITY EFFECTS THE HEART
BEFORE WE GET INTO THE DETAILS OF PURITY
I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THE CURRENT CONDITION OF THE HEART

THE STATE OF THE HEART

THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE WE SEE THE MERCURIAL REALITY OF THE HEART
IT’S INSTABILITY
IT’S PASSION
IT’S CAPRICIOUSNESS
IT’S STUBBORNESS
WE SEE THE HEART AS A GENESIS FOR MANY DECISIONS
THE FIRST MENTION OF THE WORD “HEART” IS NOT A POSITIVE ONE
THE WORD LEB WAS TIED TO THE INNER MAN
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IT WAS DEFINED BY THE PLACE WHERE EMOTIONS ARE BIRTHED
IT SPEAKS TO OUR INCLINATION, DETERMINATION, COURAGE, CONSIDERATION, ATTENTION, AND REASON
IN , CHAPTERS INTO THE STORY OF THE GOD OF THE BIBLE
WE SEE THAT THE LEB OF HUMANITY IS COLLECTIVELY EVIL
Genesis 6:5–6 NKJV
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
GENESIS
WE MUST REMEMBER, THIS ISN’T SPEAKING TO THE ORGAN
BUT THE BEHAVIOR OF THIS INSTRUMENT
BEFORE WE GO ANY DEEPER, I WANT US TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS ISN’T A THEORY.
THE STATE OF THE HEART IS UNIVERSAL.
THE QUESTION IS, HOW CAN WE MOVE FORWARD KNOWING THAT WE ARE AN INHERENTLY EVIL PEOPLE, WITH HEARTS THAT ARE SELFISH AND POISED TO GET THEIR WAY?
I BELIEVE THAT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS BRINGS TO LIGHT THE GENIUS OF GOD
NOT ONLY DOES HE EXPOSE THE NATURE OF THE HEART
HE EXPOSES THE HEART’S TRUE NECESSITY
AND PRESENTS HIMSELF AS THE PROVISION/REMEDY FOR THE EVIL HEART
Matthew 5:8 NKJV
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
LET’S SET THE SCENE
JESUS HAS BEGUN PREACHING ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE
HIS AUDIENCE: PEOPLE
What kind of People? Unsaved People
People who He hasn’t died for yet
People who don’t have the Holy Spirit within them yet
People who had heard of the God of the Bible, but who may not have had a relationship with Him yet
TO THIS AUDIENCE, JESUS BEGINS TO IMPART VISION
KINGDOM VISION
WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?
WHY WOULD JESUS, THE SO CALLED SON OF GOD, PREACH AS IF THEY WERE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN?
Jesus didn’t count them out
Jesus didn’t count them out
Jesus didn’t judge them for the current evil that resided in their heart
Jesus didn’t see them as a prevented people
But a people yet to be equipped
Jesus saw past the current condition
Past what Jeremiah said in
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Jesus saw what Solomon recognized in
Proverbs 5:11–12 NKJV
11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed, 12 And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!
Jesus was willing to reinstate the promise stated by Ezekiel
Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel
Jesus wants to remove the things that were
Jesus wants to provide a better option
And replace them with the things that speak to a different nature
Matthew 12:34–35 NKJV
34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Matthew
Matthew 12:34–37 NKJV
34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
THROUGHOUT THE GOSPELS WE SEE JESUS PRESENTING A BETTER OPTION
He exposes what hasn’t been working
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He exposes what is lacking
He presents and provides the solution for both

“BLESSED ARE THE PURE AT HEART, FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD”

IF WE WERE THERE ON THE MOUNT AS JESUS WAS PREACHING
WE WOULD ALL BE SCRATCHING OUR HEADS
WE WOULD FEEL DEFEATED
WE WOULD CONCLUDE THAT MAYBE IT’S NOT IN THE CARDS FOR US TO SEE GOD
WE WOULD LEAVE THAT PLACE WITHOUT HOPE
CHURCH,
FOR US TO BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE GIFT OF THIS PROMISE
WE WOULD HAVE TO SEARCH FOR A WAY TO OBTAIN A PURE HEART
WE WOULD ASK AROUND
WE WOULD INQUIRE WITHIN
WE WOULD SEARCH HIGH AND LOW
IN ORDER THAT WE WOULD NOT ONLY HAVE A DIFFERENT SOURCE FROM WHICH WE DRAW FROM
BUT SO THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE GOD HIMSELF!
That word See is Horao
To become visible
To Appear
CHURCH, AS THIS AUDIENCE WOULD PAY ATTENTION
JESUS WOULD THEN BEGIN TO LAY OUT THE PROCEDURE FOR THE PARADIGM SHIFT
Matthew 6:19–21 NKJV
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
MATTHEW 6:19
JESUS PRESENTS THE SHIFT FROM EVIL TO GOOD BY UNVEILING TO US THE REASON WHY OUR HEARTS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE:
LETS START WITH 21
HE SAYS “WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO”
IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE A PURE HEART
OUR TREASURE SHOULD BE PURITY
THE QUESTION IS, DO WE TREASURE PURITY
DO WE TREASURE WHAT PURITY CULTIVATES
DO WE SEE PURITY AS VALUABLE
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU
BUT THE THINGS THAT I TREASURE I PROTECT
THE THINGS THAT MEAN THE MOST TO ME
THE THINGS THAT I CHERISH
THE THINGS THAT I VALUE
I PROTECT
HOW CAN VERSE 21 EFFECT OUR WALKS WITH JESUS?
#1 WHAT DO YOU TREASURE?
What is Chief in your life?
What is of utmost value in your life?
#2 DOES THAT THINK ALLOW FOR OTHER THINGS TO CO-EXIST WITHIN THE SPACE OF YOUR HEART
Does what you cherish get jealous?
Does what you treasure get in the way of the other things you treasure?
#3 DO THE THINGS YOU TREASURE HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF PURITY
If you treasured Jesus
But you also treasured promiscuity
If you treasured Jesus
But you also treasured selfishness
If you treasured Jesus
But you also treasured your Netflix addiction
WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THE THINGS YOU TREASURE COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER
WHICH IS GOING TO GO?
FRIENDS THE WAY TO A PURE HEART BEGINS BY RECOGNIZING WHO WE ARE IN THE END.
IT BEGINS BEFORE WE
DO WE WANT TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS?
DOES THIS VENTURE EFFECT US DAILY?
DOES THIS GOAL GUIDE OUR EVERY DECISION?
IS THIS OUR TREASURE?
Matthew 6:19–20 NKJV
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:20 NKJV
20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
THINK ABOUT IT
IF JESUS IS OUR TREASURE, OUR HEARTS HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BE PURE
IF OUR TREASURE IS IN JESUS
Nothing on this earth can destroy or steal our treasure
This is why Jesus encourages the audience to prevent themselves from having a poor end result
Don’t invest in Earthly Treasures that Moth and Rust can destroy or Thieves come in and steal.
In other words, don’t treasure the things that can be taken away
Instead, may you treasure the things that are in Heaven
The Sinlessness
The Unselfishness
The Absence of Envy
The Unadulterous Nature of heaven
All of these things can be summed up in one thing
TREASURE THE PURITY OF HEAVEN
FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO
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