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September 25, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart 3


Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 

Thought for Today

Being pure in heart is not the same as being obedient in all things. David was considered pure of heart and yet he was not perfect. Pure of heart has more to do with trust than obedience. David was called pure of heart because he trusted in God above all things. When a giant dishonors the name of God David jumps to His defense without fear, for he knows that God is with him. Crazy king tries to take his life, no worries, God won’t let it happen. David’s trust in God led him to do things that uplifted God’s honor. It was never an attempt to manipulate God or win His favor. Loving obedience is born out of trust not fear. Scripture tells us that when we trust in God He makes us pure and holy through the work of His Son, Jesus, on the cross. Why do you strive to be obedient to God? If your honest answer is not because you trust God deeply, then you may want to spend some time talking to God about that today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me a trust like David’s so that I may trust You so deeply that I want to uphold Your honor with my every action. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

Quote of the Day

True love stories never have endings. — Richard Bach

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September 24, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart 2


Psalm 51:10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

Thought for Today

God called David a man after His own heart, because God could find no one who loved God and the things that were important to God more than David. Yet even David was overtaken by sin. We are not talking about “little sins” like swearing when he hit his thumb with a hammer, ether. David stole another man’s wife and had the man murdered to cover his tracks! (2 Samuel 11) But when God called David to account, he quickly confessed and turned back to God. Part of his prayer in response to this heinous crime is our verse for today. David asked God to create a new heart within him, a pure heart like the one he used to have. David understood that God alone could make his heart pure again. If David can fall like that anyone can. We need to learn from him how to deal with our sullied hearts. God can make the foulest heart clean again. No matter what you have done God can forgive and restore you. Even more amazing is the fact that God will do it for you every day! There is no limit to God’s cleansing. Confess the things that have tarnished your heart and ask God to create a new and pure heart in you today.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I confess to You these things that have been weighing on my heart…

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

There's a reason Psalm 51 is the best known of the Penitential Psalms and one of the best-loved psalms of all. It speaks to the deep pain we feel inside us when we sin, and then it shows us the mercy of God. His is the love of a Father who sees his child's stricken face — washes the tears away — and then reaches inside to create in us "a clean heart;" to breathe "a new and right spirit" within us. ― Sarah Christmyer

 

Quote of the Day

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. — Leonardo da Vinci

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September 23, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart


Pure Heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.

 

Proverbs 20:9

Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?

 

Thought for Today

The human heart is a fickle thing. We know what we should focus our hearts on, yet they seem to have a mind of their own. Our hearts are drawn toward all manner of inappropriate things; things that dishonor God. Worst of all, the prophet Jeremiah tells us that our hearts are “beyond cure.” That is to say, we cannot make our hearts pure by the force of our will or determined discipline. Our hearts will always betray us. There is hope though. When we turn our hearts to God and focus our attention on Him it changes the inclinations of our hearts. The Holy Spirit begins to reshape them into the image of Jesus heart. We will explore what it means to have a pure heart before the Lord this week. May God bless us to begin living with greater understanding of our hearts.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that my heart is often focused on the wrong things and drawing me into places of compromise. Change my heart, O God, that I may live in a way that brings You glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

no matter how little it might seem, if you are doing it for the Lord and you are doing it with a pure heart, it is not a waste of time ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. — Eleanor Roosevelt



Comments

09-23-2019 at 6:47 PM
Pastor Eric
Bill, Shazam does have a great message to it! Thanks for the article
09-23-2019 at 9:49 AM
Bill P
Watched “Shazam” last night, “Pure Heart” big theme in that DC Superhero movie. Obviously not from a religious perspective, but a great starting point message, especially from Hollywood these days.
Christian movies are doing very well this year apparently, here’s article on four of the big ones

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.christianpost.com/amp/4-christian-movies-coming-out-this-summer.html

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