Text: Matthew 5:8, Psalm 24:3, Rev 22:3-5.
Memory Verse: Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God Matt 5:8
THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING PURE IN HEART: Acts 15:8-9, 1 Thess 2:4-10, Rev 7:9-17.
Purity of heart is possible. These are people who had lived before us who were pure in heart though they had temptations like we are having. If it was possible for them to be pure, it is possible for us today. If God did it for them, He will do it for us too. One of them, Hezekiah, at the point of death, prayed without fear of condemnation and God answered because he truly had a perfect heart.
If it was possible for early apostles like John and Peter who were once boisterous, violent, boastful and self-confident to have their nature so changed much that they turned out to be the ones advocating love, gentleness, humility and meekness, then it is possible for anyone.
Before Paul the Apostle was born again, he had murderous violent character. But after salvation occasioned by him and purity of heart, he became so gentle and loving. What a change the grace of God can make in a man’s life!
Pure heart implies a pure mind, conscience, a purified affection, pure submissive will to the truth of the word of God and to the righteousness of God in the inner man, in the inward part.
THE PROMISE FOR THE PURE IN HEART: Heb 12:14, 1 John 3:2, 3, Rev 22:3-5.
The privilege that we have of seeing God face to face is great. There are normal requirements and conditions to be fulfilled before seeing great leaders in this world. People find it easy fulfilling these conditions because of the benefits they will enjoy. God’s own condition to be fulfilled before we can see His face is holiness of heart and life.
Death is a glorious experience for the pure in heart. At death, John Westley said “the best and the greatest that can ever happen is to see God”. D.I Mondy said, “Glorious day of coronation” and another said, “I see them, I see them, myriads of angels. God defends the pure in heart. He spoke with Moses face to face because he was pure in heart. God commands us to possess and maintain a pure and holy heart to enjoy this privilege of seeing Him face to face on earth and in heaven.
When Christ shall return on that glorious day of rapture and resurrection, we shall see Him face to face. What a glorious hope and expectation for the pure in heart.
HOME CELL STUDY
BE NOT TROUBLED
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1
Although we may be in times of difficulties and trials, God still promises His own succor and tranquility. Children of God are not to cry and lament like the unbelievers. Every genuine child of God cannot suffer like the people of the world. “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing” (Ps 34:10). Your provision is from above. God has given you guarantee for your sustenance. If you go about crying or complaining like others, you are letting God down. God expects you to trust Him. Trusting God honours Him. Have faith in God (Mk 11:22). Cast your cares on Him. Don’t give yourself sleepless night for anything. Worry and anxiety will only complicate an already bad situation. Thank God even if there seems to be troubles all over. Don’t let your conditions weigh you down. A depressed heart cannot praise or trust God. A troubled heart will have double woes. Learn to walk and praise God in the midst of the furnace of afflictions and trials.
QUESTION: Can a troubled heart loose heaven?