Sometimes we feel like we can't SEE God, but Jesus is telling us here that we have the capacity to actually experiece and see God. That we are designed to SEE God but we have lost our sight.
Pastor Dave shared that our desire should be "I was purity of heart. I want to see God. I do not want to be blind. This journey begins within the depths of our heart." We have become content in our state, and do not understand waht we are missing!
We then took a look at purity. While it's often defined as "free from adulteration and contamination, freedom from immorality, especially of a sexual nature", we especially looked at purity from a spiritual nature.
Some scriptures we looked at, looking at how the heart represents more than emotions and feelings:
- As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 27:3)
- Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
- Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?" (Matthew 9:4)
- Surely you desire truth in the inner parts, you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:6&10)
- It is impurity that separates man from God
- And just as impurity of heart separates men from God, only purity of heart through Jesus Christ will reconcile men to God. Create in me a pure heart.
- Purity of heart is more than sincerity or good intentions - a motive can be sincere and still lead to worthless and sinful things. Those who belong to God are motivated by purity.
- Salvation is not about you and I becoming "better or good"; salvation is about you and I being made new.
- What we put into our hearts is what we become... thought, desire, action, character, and destiny.
- You and I see God through our souls/hearts. When our souls are cluttered, contaminated and compromised we cannot see God with clarity, if at all.
- God is not trying to make us better, He is trying to make us new/holy/pure.
What contaminants do we need to remove from our hearts??