Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Daily Light - August 24, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

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

One of the greatest blessings that we have is the entire counsel of the Word of God. The Bible is divided into books, chapters, verses, but it is completely united in its message. In a recent study I learned how united it was and how that effectively helps me learn what I need for my life.
What does it mean to be pure in heart? Surely there would be a whole host of explanations on what it means to be pure in heart. As we turn to Scripture however, we learn a lesson about the pure heart from the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 17:3 says, "The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts." Why do you put silver and gold in a refining pot? That is done to remove the impurities. As that dross comes to the surface, it is wiped away and the substance is purer because it has gone through the fire. So obviously, our hearts are only going to become purer as we get closer to God. How close to God can we get? Once again, look at the Scriptures. James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." We can get as close to God as we desire, but it is clear that we must take a step of faith in His direction. The more steps that you take closer to the refining pot which is God, the more that He will take toward you. The closer you get to God then the more you will feel the effects of His holy flame.
This brings us to the last part of the above verse. How are we going to see God? The Bible says that in our flesh no man shall see God. Therefore, a radical transformation has to take place in order for that to happen. As you draw closer to God, you must be aware of one more verse. Hebrews 12:29 tells us, "For our God is a consuming fire." When you wholeheartedly and completely walk into the presence of God, you will be completely consumed by the fire of His holiness. All of the impurities will be removed, and your heart will be absolutely pure. None of you will be left. All that will be left to see is God. You will see only His heart, His desires, and His righteousness. It is possible to see God, but only if we draw so close to Him that there is nothing of ourselves left.
May you feel the flame of God burning in your life today!

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