To begin 2020 we are starting off on Sundays with “The Way to Happiness”.
Everyone wants to be happy, and the New Testament is the greatest authority on happiness.
Jesus gives is the key that will unlock the door to happiness.
This key is found in the eight Beatitudes.
We have already covered,
Humility, The Way to Happiness.
Sorrow, The Way to Happiness.
Meekness, The Way to Happiness.
Hunger and Thirst, The Way to Happiness.
Mercy, The Way to Happiness.
Today is part 6 Purity, The Way to Happiness.
Matthew 5:8 (ESV)
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Father, We ask for forgiveness for the impurities that so often pollute our lives. As we continue to study the Beatitudes that point the way to happiness, may we carry them with us into every aspect of our lives.
We bring you our lives as an offering in this moment of worship.
May they truly express a commitment to surrender our own desires.
In the name of Christ, Your Son we pray.
Millions of people will die this year from heart diseases, so this Heart failure is something we should be concerned about.
But we should equally be concerned about heart impurity.
This type of heart disease, if not cured may render a person spiritually dead for eternity.
Many people who go through the emotions of living and in reality dead.
They are unresponsive to God’s will, they are deaf to His call.
People like this are in touch only with the world.
These people may attend church, sing on the worship team, teach in Sunday school, or even help conduct the service, but they lack the spiritual dimension that only God can create in their lives.
In the Beatitude we are looking at today, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Jesus explains that heart disease can be avoided by keeping a pure heart.
Three practical questions are raised.
Who are the pure in heart?
How will they see God?
And, Why are they happy?
- Who are the pure in heart?
The word pure is used in the New Testament twenty eight times.
But what does in really mean?
Are the pure I heart half divine, half human beings?
Do they have no normal desires, no healthy drives, no emotional feelings?
Are they saints who have lost all contact with the real world?
Are the pure in heart perfect individuals who have never sinned?
Of course not!
Jesus addresses ordinary people who have ordinary problems, and He gives them an extraordinary way to experience happiness.
He offers them sound advice, which if followed, will always lead to a better life.
- The pure in heart are those who are cleansed.
An initial cleansing happens when a person commits their life to Christ.
Purity cannot be produced by any human will.
In fact, God said in Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV)
26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Purity like this is only produced by becoming a new creature, experiencing a new birth.
To be saved, isn’t enough.
A pure heart is not the result of a once in a life time experience.
It is produced from daily confession of our sins, which results in continual cleansing from them.
Failure to realise this explains why some christians have unhappy lives.
They become cluttered with sin, and happiness becomes something of the past.
We must remember John’s promise, 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
B. The pure in heart are those who have one goal in life.
Purity actually means singleness of mind, to be guided by one purpose.
The farther you expect to go in life, the more important is your aim.
If you are not planning to go very far, then you can might just aim randomly.
For example imaging that you will shoot directly at the moon.
There is no opportunity for a midcourse correction.
If, in the launching of your rocket, the calculations are off by just one degree, you would miss the moon by over one million miles, not kilometres, miles!
Our aim in life must be extremely accurate.
If our heart is out of line, if impurities have pushed us off course, we will absolutely miss the highest goal God has in and for us.
The pure in heart are those who have one aim in life, To Glorify God.
C. The pure in heart are those who have clean thoughts.
Think of a large river, they would normally start off as a small shallow, clear stream.
If we look at the beginning of a river to understand it’s flow, we should also look deeply into the source of morality to unlock the secret of a pure heart.
The small stream that feeds a noble, admirable life, bubble forward from the hidden thoughts of our heart.
Proverbs 23:7 reminds us,
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behaviour—one who manipulates].
He says to you, “Eat and drink,”
Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost].
It is what we think, not what we profess, that creates purity within.
The pure in heart are those who have clean thoughts and, consequently, a clean life that produces happiness.
2. How will they see God?
This beatitude clearly states that those who are pure in heart will see God.
The pure in heart will “see” God by experiencing His reality, not by beholding Him with physical eyes.
During the Lord’s earthly ministry, multitudes looked at Him and saw nothing, unaware that they had viewed God in the flesh.
To see God is to experience God and become sure go Him.
Purity removes obstacles that blur and distort His true image.
This is why the pure in heart will see God.
- The pure in heart will see God by meeting the requirements.
The beatitude seems to teach that to see God, you muse be pure in heart, that is, be cleansed from sin, have God’s glorification as your aim, and think clean thoughts.
All of this is possible only when we daily commit ourselves to God’s will.
B. The pure in heart will see God by believing that this experience is available to all.
A vision of God is a possibility within the reach of each of His children.
It is not simply for some great saint who is nearing the sunset of their life, or some great “evangelist or prophet”
It is not simply for a remarkably devoted person who has committed his or her life to some area of Christian service.
It is for all Christians of all times.
The pure in heart will see God by claiming this experience today.
Too often we stress the future tense used in this beatitude.
We say, “yes, they shall see God.”
It is true that later we will see Him face to face.
But it is equally true that God becomes a living reality and a friend closer than a brother in the present.
To see God is to be certain of God, to experience Him in the midst of life.
3. Why are they happy?
The beatitude promises, “Blessed (happy) are the pure in heart.”
And the answer to why they are happy is given in that same statement, “for they shall see God.”
The pure in heart are happy because they see God.
And when they see God the following begins to happen.
A. They see themselves.
When Job saw God, he was able to see himself.
Job said, Job 42:5-6 (ESV)
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;
6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
When we see God, we are made painfully aware of our sins.
And when we see our sins, we commit them to the Lord and purity becomes a reality.
B. They are transformed.
A view of God does more than reveal our own sinfulness, it transforms us into the kind of people God wants us to be.
C. They gain courage.
It is said of Moses that he endured as though he saw God.
There is something about having this inner vision of God that provides courage and determination.
When we take our eyes off God and focus in the oppositions and trial we face, we often quit too soon and thus not win the crown.
D. They become useful.
The person who has seen God is the Mose eager to serve Him.
No sooner does God call for volunteers than Isaiah replies eagerly in Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)
Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
And Paul having met Christ on the Damascus road asked, “Lord what will you have me do?
E. They impart a sense of God’s presence.
Those who had seen the disciples close to Jesus “took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” in Acts 4:13.
It is impossible to see God and to spend time with Him without emanating a sense of His presence.
A saint, or a person who is pure in heart, will let the light of God’s grace and mercy shine through.
As that persons heart remains pure, it remains transparent to God’s light.
What is your greatest desire?
Is God’s light shining through you? Or are you closed off to fully committing to His will.
Until next time
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