Posts Tagged ‘pure heart’

Holy Spirit Fire = Shine!

March 15, 2018

Holy Spirit fire
An all consuming fire –
Heb 12:29
Purifying tender hearts to love –
1Pe 1:22-23
Burning away the dross –Jer 23:28-29
Pure hearts made alive
SEE!  –
Mt 5:8
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Pure hearts made alive
Burning with the Living Word –
Lk 24:32
His Word a burning fire 

Can not be containedJer 20:9
TESTIFY!
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For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. –Rev 19:10

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Keep your loins girded with Truth
Dressed ready for service
Lamps burning  –
Lk 12:35
Shine bright the light of Christ!
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A city on a hill cannot be hidden. –Mt 5:14

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Hebrews 12:25-29 AMP … See to it that you do not refuse [to listen to] Him who is speaking [to you now]. For if those [sons of Israel] did not escape when they refused [to listen to] him who warned them on earth [revealing God’s will], how much less will we escape if we turn our backs on Him who warns from heaven? 26 His voice shook the earth [at Mount Sinai] then, but now He has given a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the [starry] heaven.” 27 Now this [expression], “Yet once more,” indicates the removal and final transformation of all those things which can be shaken—that is, of that which has been created—so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
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28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire.

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Mark 13:31 AMP … Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My[Jesus] words will not pass away!
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Cornerstone: Broken or Crushed

July 4, 2017

Jeremiah 23:28-29 AMPC … The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw(chaff) in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.
29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?

False prophets and
Those who stumble after them –
Mt 3:12, 13:41-42;Ps 1:4
Their eyes are not satisfied with seeing
Their ears are not filled with hearing. Ecc 1:8
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Hard, unyielding hearts of stone
Unwilling to be purified  –Jer 23:14;Ezek 13:16,22
By the fire of the Lord’s word –
Mt 5:8
These will stumble on the Rock of offense  –
1Pe 2:8
And be crushed to a fine powder(
dust/death) –Mt 21:44
By the cornerstone –
Eph 2:20
The living word – Jesus Christ. –
Eph 2:20
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For My word is like a fire
And a hammer that breaks.
The rock(
stubborn resistance) in pieces! –Jer 23:29

Matthew 21:42-44 AMPC … Jesus asked them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: The very Stone which the builders rejected and threw away has become the Cornerstone; this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 43 I tell you, for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom It falls will be crushed to powder [and It will winnow him, scattering him like dust].
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Only 2 choices=> Life or death
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Deuteronomy 30:19 AMPC … I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
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Word Study
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Matthew 5:8 … Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513]= clean, purified by fire
    — free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
    — in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    — free from every admixture of what is false=> sincere genuine

What is the Chaff to the Wheat?

July 4, 2017

Jeremiah 23:28-29 AMPC … The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw(chaff) in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.
29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?

What is the chaff to the wheat?
My word is like wheat
Solid food for the true prophets and those who follow them
Food which brings life –
Mt 4:4
And discernment(eyes that see).He 5:11-14
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As the fire consumes the chaff
My word will consume the false prophets
And those who stumble after them. –
Mt 3:12, 13:41-42;Ps 1:4
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Matthew 13:41-42 NASB … The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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Only 2 choices=> Life or death
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Deuteronomy 30:19 AMPC … I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.

 

Human Wisdom and a Hard Heart

July 1, 2017

Mark 8:17-18 NASB … And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Symptoms of hard heart = unable to see(perceive), unable to understand, unable to hear, and unable to remember.

Interesting that these same symptoms are in the following passage about the vanity/meaninglessness/futility of relying on human/worldly wisdom.

Relying on human/worldly wisdom results in a hard heart that is unable to see, hear, understand or remember things of the Lord!
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Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 AMPC … All things are weary with toil and all words are feeble; man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that has been—it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? It has already been, in the vast ages of time [recorded or unrecorded] which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former happenings or men, neither will there be any remembrance of happenings of generations that are to come by those who are to come after them.
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Relying on WorldlyWisdom results in a HardHeart that is unable to see-hear-understand or remember things of theLord!

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Human/Wordly Wisdom Godly Wisdom
All is vanity/meaninglessness/futility
Ecc 1:2
Is like a tree of life – a blessing
Pro 3:18
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens
eyes, ears, minds to perceive
what God has prepared
for those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
What is crooked(wrong)
Can not be made straight(right)
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
Christ is the only “straight” way
To the Father in heaven
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Knowing wisdom is to know madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4

Soften My Heart

June 28, 2017

Give Me Faith
Elevation Worship

Verse:
I need You to soften my heart,
To break me apart.
I need You to open my eyes,
To see that You’re shaping my life.

Pre-Chorus:
All I am,
I surrender.

Chorus:
Give me faith to trust what You say
That You’re good, and Your love is great.
I’m broken inside, I give You my life.

Verse 2:
I need You to soften my heart,
To break me apart.
I need You to pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me.

Bridge:
I may be weak, but
Your Spirit’s strong in me.
My flesh may fail, but
My God You never will.

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What does this prayer mean? What does softening your heart have to do with breaking “me” apart? Opening eyes? Cleansing? Surrender?

Psalm 51:17The (acceptable)sacrifices of God are a broken(humble, surrendered) spirit; A broken and a contrite(repentant) heart, O God, You will not despise(reject).

Psalm 51:7-13 NASB … Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.

What is the opposite of a soft, humble, surrendered heart? Isn’t it a hard heart?

Mark 8:17-18 NASB … And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Symptoms of hard heart = unable to see(perceive), unable to understand, unable to hear, and unable to remember. A hard heart – this is what must be broken apart.

Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV … And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The strong’s word – heilikrines [1506] for sincere in this prayer is very interesting. It means pure, sincere, unsullied. Looking more closely at this word, we see it is actually a compound word. The first part comes from heile (the sun’s ray), the second from krino (to judge). So the two parts together mean to be found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light!

What a beautiful picture of a sincere/pure (soft)heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

From NetBbible Phil 1:10

  • *sincere – heilikrines[1506] = pure, unsullied
    *found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and [2919]; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

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Psalm 139:23-24Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Related:
Pure Sincere Hearts{prayer}

Gold Refined

January 13, 2016

Matthew 5:8 … Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513]= clean, purified by fire
    — in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit

Gold refined in the fire –Pro 17:3
Tested, proven faith more precious than much gold –
1Pe 1:7
Purified by obedience to the Truth thru the Spirit
 –1Pe 1:22
Faith alive and controlled by the Holy Spirit –Gal 5:25
Following closely, keeping in step –
Job 23:11
Treasuring His living words more than daily bread –
Job 23:12;Mt 4:4
Unafraid, willing to be led even through fire –
Isa 43:2
Tested, proven faith shines through Jesus Christ our Lord –1Pe 1:7
Yielding much fruit, showing who you belong to –
Jn 15:8
Bringing honor glorifying our Father. –Mt 5:16

I counsel you to buy gold from Me refined and tested by fire
That you may be rich{in Christ} –Rev 3:18

1 Peter 1:6-7 AMPC … [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

Job 23:10-12 AMPC … But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].

11 My foot has held fast to His steps; His ways have I kept and not turned aside. 12 I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

James 1:2-4 AMPC … Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Related:
Come Forth as Gold{prayer}
Gold{prayer log}
Pure Gold{prayer log}

Hope Motivates

April 6, 2015

1 John 3:1-3 AMP
3 See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).

 
The Hope:
Looking forward to the return of Jesus Christ fills us with hope
=>We as God’s children will resemble Him and see Him face to face!
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This Hope Motivates:
Us to prepare and guard our hearts in the Truth.
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John 17:16-19 AMP
16 They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.
18 Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.

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This Hope Results in Love:
Love one another fervently from a pure heart.
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1 Peter 1:22 AMP
22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.
 

Related:
Treat Others In All Purity

Sincere Love

July 4, 2014

Romans 12:9 AMPC …  [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.

From NetBible Ro 12:9

  • NASB … Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • BBE … Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good.
  • NRSV … Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • hate[655] = abhor, separate from[575]
  • hold fast[2853] = cling, keep company with, be united, glue together

* Sincere love = both turning, separating from evil{hate evil} and clinging to good{fix your mind on good}

1 Peter 1:22 AMPC … Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.

From NetBible 1 Pe 1:22

  • NKJV … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart
  • BBE … And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • pure[2513] = clean
    – purified by fire
    – like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    – free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
  • * “having purified,” as the preparation for the love described in the second half of the verse.

* Sincere love = obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit

Pure Undivided Heart

March 5, 2014

Psalm 86:11 NIV … Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.

Psalm 86:11 NLT … Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.

Psalm 86:11-12 AMP … Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name. I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

Teach me Your ways O LORD
And I will walk in Your truth
Grant me purity of heart
That I may honor You
Lord Jesus
With my whole(united) heart
I long to glorify Your name.

Give me an undivided heart
That I may fear Your name
For You alone do I long to worship
Your call alone do I long to hear.

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Psalm 51:10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Matthew 5:8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
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If our feet are to walk in the Lord’s way and truth, our hearts must wholeheartedly submit to His rule.

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Job 23:10-12But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].
11 My foot has held fast to His steps; His ways have I kept and not turned aside.
12 I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 51:10

  • pure[02889] = clean, untainted, right

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513] = clean, purified by fire, like a vine cleansed by pruning to bear fruit, blameless, innocent
  • see[03700] = to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable;

From NetBible Ps 86:11

  • unite[03161] my heart = to join, to become one, wholeheartedly committed, give me an undivided heart, grant me purity of heart
  • fear[03372] Your name = reverence, honour, respect, awe

Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

February 12, 2014

Psalm 24:3-4,7 NKJV … Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy [dwelling]place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. … Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

Who may lift up their heads and ascend into the hill of the Lord? Into His dwelling place/presence?
==> Those with clean hands and a pure heart

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • *clean hands – pure heart ==>The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
  • pure[01249] = clear, sincere
    From[01305] = to purify, select, polish, choose, purge, cleanse or make bright, test or prove, examine

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513] = clean, purified by fire, sincere, blameless, innocent, free from falsehoods
    * like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
  • see[3700] = to behold, to allow oneself to be seen

==> Those who have not lifted up their souls to an idol

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • lift up[05375] = rise up, look up
  • *lift up his soul to an idol ==> here means to “long for” or “desire strongly.”
    ==>the opposite of Ps 143:8 -lift up his soul to the Lord
    Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

The words above give a beautiful picture of what a pure heart is. A heart that so longs for the Lord’s presence that it willingly submits to the Lord’s purifying fire or pruning. A heart that longs to hear and do the Lord’s will alone. The pictures of a pure heart above are much like the picture painted below in Paul’s prayer(Phil 1:9-11). 

The strong’s word – heilikrines [1506] for sincere in his prayer is very interesting. It means pure, sincere, unsullied. Looking more closely at this word, we see it is actually a compound word. The first part comes from heile (the sun’s ray), the second from krino (to judge). So the two parts together mean to be found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light!

What a beautiful picture of a sincere/pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

From NetBbible Phil 1:10

  • *sincere – heilikrines[1506] = pure, unsullied
    *found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and [2919]; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV … And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God..Psalm 139:23-24    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Whiter than Snow{prayer}