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September 26, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A Pure Heart 4


2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

Thought for Today

How do you maintain a pure heart? Paul makes it sound pretty challenging. Fleeing evil desires and pursuing righteousness is a full time job if your heart is anything like mine. Is there anything that can lighten the burden? The answer is in the last part of the verse. Paul encourages us to do these things “along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Paul has learned that we become who we surround ourselves with. The Bible is filled with examples of how foolish companions cause people to make foolish choices. The opposite is true as well. Wise companions and godly companions make one wise and godly. So let me ask you, who are your closest companions? Do they seek God? Do they serve God? Do they strive to live in loving obedience to God? Or do their actions say something different from their lips? The fastest way to change yourself is to change who you surround yourself with. Give it some thought today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me Your eyes to see those I have allowed to influence my life. Help me to journey with those who honor You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. — Charles R. Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. ― Mark Twain

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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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