THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-15-13

LESSON TITLE: “BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART.”

WELCOME

HERE WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN ON ANOTHER FINE LORD'S DAY! WE ARE SO GLAD YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY, AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR. HAVING THE PRIVILEGE TO STUDY GOD'S WORD AND TO SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME IS SOMETHING WE ALL SHOULD BE VERY THANKFUL FOR. MAY EACH OF US TODAY DO OUR PART IN THIS COLLECTIVE OFFERING TO GOD. NOW, LET'S APPROACH HIS SUPREME THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU MIGHT HELP US TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL FOUND IN THE BIBLE. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE HE MADE FOR OUR SAKE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING TALKS ABOUT JUST HOW WONDERFUL OUR LORD AND SAVIOR IS, FOR WE CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON HIM AND KNOW THAT HE IS WITH US. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AND DO YOUR PART IN SONG TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER SING, "TRUST AND OBEY!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OR RUN DOWN AND YOU JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE THE ENERGY YOU NEED IS GOING TO COME FROM. THIS USUALLY HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU NEED TO DO. MAYBE IT'S TIME TO GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL. SOMETIMES IT HITS US WHEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE A DAY OFF AND WE THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET SOME EXTRA THINGS DONE AROUND THE HOUSE. I'M SURE WE ALL HAVE THESE DAYS WHERE WE JUST FEEL WORN OUT, LAZY, AND LIKE WE REALLY CAN'T DO ANYTHING.

SO, WHERE CAN WE GET THE STRENGTH WE NEED TO LIVE OUR DAILY LIVES AND TO BE PRODUCTIVE. WELL, THE OBVIOUS ANSWER IS THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES BY EATING WELL AND GETTING ENOUGH REST SO THAT WE WILL BE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY READY FOR EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUR WAY. HOWEVER, LET ME REMIND YOU OF ANOTHER WONDERFUL PLACE THAT WE CAN FIND GREAT STRENGTH AND POWER. YOU GUESSED IT - THIS GREATEST STRENGTH IS FOUND IN OUR GOD.

THE GREAT PROPHET ISAIAH PUT IT THIS WAY, "BUT THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKE EAGLES, THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT BE WEARY, THEY SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT", ISAIAH 40:31. IN THIS VERSE WE ARE TOLD OF THE CONTINUED STRENGTH WE RECEIVE FROM THE LORD. HOWEVER, ALSO NOTICE THAT THIS STRENGTH COMES WITH A CONDITION. THE WRITER THERE SAID, IT IS "THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD," WHO RECEIVE THIS ENERGY. NOTICE THE EXAMPLES HE GAVE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE ABILITIES WE HAVE THROUGH GOD'S HELP. HE SAID WE WILL BE ABLE TO FLY HIGH WITH WINGS, AS THE EAGLE. BEING ABOVE OR ELEVATED HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIGHT OF STRENGTH AND POWER THROUGHOUT HISTORY.

HE ALSO MENTIONS THAT WE WILL RUN, BUT WE WON'T GROW WEARY. WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE? FURTHERMORE, WE CAN WALK AS FAR AS WE NEED TO, YET WE WILL NOT FAINT. I THINK ALL OF THESE THOUGHTS ARE TRULY SUMMED UP IN ONE OF PAUL'S WRITINGS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN PHILIPPIANS 4:13, WE ALL WILL RECOGNIZE THESE FAMILIAR WORDS, WHERE HE SAID, "I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME." YOU SEE, TRULY THE STRENGTH AND POWER WE NEED TO BE FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS COMES FROM OUR LORD - HE STRENGTHENS US AND GIVES US THE ABILITY TO DO ALL, AS HE IS WITH US AND BY OUR SIDE. ARE YOU RELYING ON GOD FOR STRENGTH IN YOUR DAILY LIFE? BECAUSE ALL THINGS ARE TRULY POSSIBLE WITH AND THROUGH HIM. TODAY, WE WANT CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT, "BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART." SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL RETURN TO LEAD THIS DISCUSSION FROM GOD'S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR AGAIN JOINING US TODAY. BUT FOR NOW, WON'T YOU JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN TOGETHER AS WE SING THE SONG, "VICTORY IN JESUS."

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT EACH SUNDAY MORNING MANY OF YOU ACTUALLY VIEW OUR PROGRAM AND BECAUSE OF THAT YOU RECEIVE A MESSAGE FROM GOD'S WORD. YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP GOD AND WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS OPPORTUNITY AND TIME OUT OF THE LORD'S DAY TO VIEW THIS TELEVISION BROADCAST. IT IS OUR DESIRE AND HAS BEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROGRAM OVER 35 YEARS AGO THAT THE TRUTH BE TAUGHT FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD. AFTER ALL, AS THE WRITER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT SAID IF ANY MAN SPEAKS, THAT WAS PETER HIMSELF, LET HIM SPEAK THE ORACLES OF GOD. LET THE ORACLES OF GOD OR THOSE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS BE PROCLAIMED. IN FACT, IF WE ARE TRULY PREACHERS OF THE GOSPEL WE MUST PREACH ONLY WHAT WE SEE IN GOD'S HOLY WORD.

THIS MORNING WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR SERIES IN DISCUSSING THE SUBJECT OF BEING PURE IN HEART. WHAT A WONDERFUL SUBJECT FOR US TO CONSIDER THIS MORNING AND HAVE A GREAT NEED IN OUR SOCIETY AND IN THE CHURCH FOR THE NEED TO BE PURE IN HEART. I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO AN OLD SONG THAT WE SING SOMETIMES AT THE KANSAS EXPRESSWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST AND IT IS CALLED PURE IN HEART. IT GOES LIKE THIS, “PURE IN HEART, OH GOD HELP US TO BE.” WE TRULY NEED GOD'S HELP TO KEEP THAT PURITY OF HEART BECAUSE WE KNOW AS JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 5 IN ONE OF THE BEATITUDES, “BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.” WHAT THIS ACTUALLY MEANS IS THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE BLESSED IN THIS LIFE UNLESS WE ARE PURE IN HEART. THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH OR IN HEAVEN THAT WE WILL EVER REACH THAT ETERNAL KINGDOM IF WE DO NOT SEEK TO BE PURE IN HEART.

FIRST OF ALL, I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO ROMANS CHAPTER 6:16-17. PAUL THE APOSTLE SAID, “DO YOU NOT KNOW TO WHOM YOU PRESENT YOURSELVES SLAVES TO OBEY? YOU ARE THAT ONE SLAVES WHOM YOU OBEY, WHETHER SIN LEADING TO DEATH OR OBEDIENCE LEADING TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. LET GOD BE THANKED THAT THOUGH YOU WERE SLAVES OF SIN, YET YOU OBEYED FROM YOUR HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE TO WHICH YOU WERE DELIVERED.” ANYONE WHO IS A SENSIBLE PERSON WILL UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL HEART HERE. WE COULD SPEND PROBABLY AN HOUR OR MORE PRESENTING TO YOU SCRIPTURES THAT SHOW US HOW GOD WHEN HE SAYS HEART HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF MAN. WHAT IS PAUL ACTUALLY SAYING? YOU HAVE OBEYED FROM YOUR HEART OR FROM YOUR SPIRIT THAT FORM A DOCTRINE WHICH WAS DELIVERED UNTO YOU. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO HAVE PURE RELIGION. IN FACT, JAMES SAID IN JAMES 1:27, PURE RELIGION IS UNDEFINABLE BEFORE OUR GOD AND FATHER IS THIS, “THAT WE VISIT AND CARE FOR THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS AND THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND TO KEEP ONESELF UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD.”

SO WHAT IS PURE RELIGION? RELIGION AND THE WORD PURE MEANS CLEAN, UNDEFILED. UNDEFILED RELIGION IS WHEN WE WHAT? KEEP OURSELVES UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD. IT INVOLVES OUR SERVICE TO GOD AND OUR WORSHIP TO GOD, AS JAMES SAID IN JAMES 1:27. WAS IT NOT THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHO SAID IN ROMANS 12:1-2, “I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE BRETHREN BY THE MERCIES OF GOD PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MINDS THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD.” NO DOUBT THAT MEANS LIVING A PURE LIFE WHICH PROCEEDS OUT OF A PURE HEART. DIDN'T THE OLD TESTAMENT WRITERS SAY THAT OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKETH. WE KNOW VERY WELL THAT WHAT IS WITHIN US IS DISPLAYED IN OUR VERY WORDS AS WELL AS IN OUR ACTIONS.

WHAT WE ARE SEEKING TO DO THIS MORNING IS TO CAUSE US ALL TO LOOK AT WHAT THE SCRIPTURE HAS TO SAY AND EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING THE INSIDE OF OUR SOULS SO THAT IT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN OUR EVERY THOUGHT, IN OUR EVERY ACTION, AND IN OUR EVERY WORD. THAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS LESSON THIS MORNING. WE HAVE TURNED FROM SIN TO SERVE THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD. THEREFORE, WE MUST BE FERVENT IN SPIRIT SERVING THE LORD AS PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 12:11. WE ARE NOT TO SERVE SIN BUT WE SERVE IN THE NEWNESS OF THE SPIRIT. IT WAS PAUL WHO ALSO SAID HERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6 THE VERY FIRST PART OF THAT CHAPTER IN VERSES 3-5, :DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT MANY OF US WHO WERE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST JESUS WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH. THEREFORE, WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH, JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALL SHOW SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE FOR IF WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH CERTAINLY WE ALSO SHALL BE IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION AND KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM AND THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DONE AWAY WITH AND THAT WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN.” HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT TRANSFORMATION, WHICH TAKES PLACE IN OUR OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST AND IS CULMINATED IN BAPTISM. TO GET US INTO CHRIST MEANS THAT WE HAVE MADE A DETERMINATION IN OUR LIFE THAT WE ARE GOING TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. WE ARE GOING TO PUT AWAY THE OLD MAN, WHICH IS REPRESENTED AS SIN, AND WE ARE GOING TO PUT ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH WOULD BE REPRESENTED BY PUTTING ON THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST WITHIN US.

SO THAT IS WHAT WE STRIVE TO DO AS CHRISTIANS. WE TRY TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO MAKE OUR SPIRIT, THAT IS OUR HEART, LIKE THE HEART OF JESUS. TRYING TO THINK AS JESUS DID, TRYING TO SPEAK AS JESUS DID, AND TRYING TO DO THE WORK THAT JESUS CAME TO DO. THE SAME WORK HE DID WHILE HE WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH, THAT IS OUR DESIRE AND THAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID IN MATTHEW 6:24 THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SERVE TWO MASTERS. WE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAN, WE CANNOT THANK GOD AND ALSO THANK MAN OR THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. WE HAVE TO SERVE ONE OR THE OTHER. AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE CHALLENGED AND TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, YOU ARE CHALLENGED. WHEN YOU ENTER INTO THE NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST IT MEANS THINGS HAVE CHANGED. YOU NO LONGER DESIRE TO THINK OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE IN THIS WORLD AND THAT ARE OF THIS WORLD. YOU STRIVE TO REPLACE THOSE THINGS IN YOUR HEART THAT ARE CONCERNED WITH THE OLD MAN, LIKE SIN, AND YOU TRY TO REPLACE THEM WITH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PURE IN HEART AND YES, JESUS DID SAY THAT WE MUST BE PURE IN HEART.

I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO PETER'S STATEMENT THAT IS FOUND OVER IN THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER. HERE HE IS TALKING AND EMPHASIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PURE IN HEART. 1PETER 1:22-25 GIVES US AN INDICATION ON HOW WE BECOME PURE IN HEART AS GOD WANTS US TO BE. READING FROM VERSE 22 OF 1PETER CHAPTER 1, “SINCE YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT AND SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS HERE, “LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY. HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER.” THEN HE GOES ON TO TAKE A PASSAGE OUT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WHICH SAYS, “BECAUSE ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN IS A FLOWER IN THE GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS AND ITS FLOWERS FALL AWAY BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. THIS IS THE WORD BY WHICH THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED UNTO YOU. WE ARE BORN OF INCORRUPTIBLE SEED THAT IS OF THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER.” THAT IS WHAT WE MUST PUT INTO OUR HEARTS. WE MUST FEED OUR SPIRIT. WE MUST FEED UPON THE WORD OF GOD AND THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL WE UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN TRULY BE PURE IN HEART BEFORE GOD. THE SIMPLE STATEMENT THAT PAUL MADE TO TIMOTHY IN FIRST TIMOTHY 5:22 RIGHT AT THE END OF THE VERSE HE SAID THIS: KEEP YOURSELF PURE. HE HAD BEEN DISCUSSING THOSE THINGS IN LIFE THAT INVOLVE IMMORALITY AND THE FLESHLY DESIRES.

BASICALLY, HE JUST MADE THIS SIMPLE STATEMENT: KEEP YOURSELF PURE. ALSO IN THE CONTEXT THE WORD DOCTRINE IS ALSO FOUND: KEEP YOURSELF PURE IN DOCTRINE. THAT IS TO BE SOUND IN THE FAITH. IT WAS TITUS WHO SAID, AND LET US TURN OVER TO THE BOOK OF TITUS BECAUSE I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES EACH MORNING AND THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU TO HAVE. I'D LIKE FOR US TO TURN TO TITUS CHAPTER 1:13. LISTEN TO WHAT IT SAYS HERE, “THIS TESTIMONY IS TRUE, THEREFORE REBUKE THEM SHARPLY THAT THEY MAY BE SOUND IN THE FAITH NOT GIVING HEED TO JEWISH FABLES AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN WHO TURN FROM THE TRUTH. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.” WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE PURE IN LIFE IS WE CONTINUE IN THE COMMANDS OF GOD AND THAT WE DO WHAT? THAT WE DO HIS WILL AND THAT WE ARE SOUND IN THE FAITH. IN CHAPTER 2 OF THE BOOK OF TITUS, HERE IS WHAT PAUL SAID TO THIS YOUNG PREACHER AND BY THE WAY, HE TOLD HIM TO GO AND RELAY THESE THINGS TO THE CHURCHES ON THE ISLE OF CRETE, HE SAID, “IN ALL THINGS SHOWING YOURSELF TO BE A PATTERN OF GOOD WORKS, IN DOCTRINE SHOWING INTEGRITY, REVERENCE AND INCORRUPTIBILITY, SOUND SPEECH THAT CANNOT BE CONDEMNED AND ONE WHO IS AN OPPONENT MAY BE ASHAMED HAVING NOTHING EVIL TO SAVE YOU.” HE WAS TALKING ABOUT KEEPING PURE AND DOCTORATE. IN TITUS CHAPTER 2 VERSE ONE WE SEE THIS: BUT AS FOR YOU SPEAK THE THINGS WHICH ARE PROPER FOR SOUND DOCTRINE.

I HAVE A QUESTION TO ASK YOU THIS MORNING. HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN BE PURE IN HEART BEFORE GOD AND SOMEDAY SEE GOD IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN DOING WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO? IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN PUTTING IN YOUR HEART AND IN YOUR SPIRIT THOSE THINGS THAT ARE REVEALED TO YOU IN GOD'S HOLY WORD AND THOSE ATTRIBUTES THAT YOU HAVE AS A CHRISTIAN AND A CHILD OF GOD TO SHOW FORTH HIS EXCELLENCIES TO ALL OF THIS WORLD. THEN CERTAINLY IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. ANY PERSON WHO HAS TRULY CONVERTED TO CHRIST WOULD HAVE TO SAY NOW I AM A CONVERT. I HAVE BEEN CONVERTED TO YOU LORD, AND I WANT TO SERVE YOU. NOW WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO SO THAT I MIGHT REMAIN PURE IN HEART? THE BOOK OF FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4:16 ANOTHER STATEMENT IS MADE HERE TO ANOTHER YOUNG MAN. IT SAYS, “TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF AND TO THE DOCTRINE CONTINUING THEM AND IN DOING THIS YOU WILL SAVE BOTH YOURSELF AND THOSE WHO HEAR YOU.” WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE? THAT HE CONTINUED STRONG IN THE DOCTRINE. LET ME JUST SAY SHORTLY, AND WE ONLY HAVE A FEW MOMENTS LEFT, THAT WHAT THIS SIMPLY MEANS IS WHAT WE SAY AND HOW WE SAY IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SOME PEOPLE TODAY USE GOD'S NAME FLIPPANTLY. A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE DO THAT AND NOT JUST YOUNG PEOPLE. THEY USE HIS NAME IN VAIN AND IF YOU FAIL TO BRIDLE YOUR TONGUE, AS JAMES PUT IT IN JAMES 1:26, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THAT DAY TO COME WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL SPEND AN ETERNITY IN HEAVEN OR HELL. HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR RELIGION IS WHAT IT NEEDS TO BE? BY DOING WHAT JESUS SAID. IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7:21-23, IT SAYS, “NOT EVERYONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME LORD, SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.” WHEN WE DO THE WILL OF OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, THEN THAT IS WHEN AND ONLY WHEN WE WILL BECOME PURE IN HEART.

IT IS SO IMPORTANT MY FRIEND THAT TODAY YOU UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR YOU TO CLEAN UP YOUR HEART. EVERY FACET OF LIFE, EVERYTHING THAT WE HEAR AND SEE ON TELEVISION IS TRYING TO ROB YOU OF THAT PURITY OF HEART, ALMOST EVERYTHING. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOU DO NOT ALLOW THINGS TO ENTER INTO YOUR SPIRIT, THAT IS THE SPIRIT THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU, INTO YOUR SOUL THAT CAUSES YOU TO BE LED AWAY FROM GOD. SOMETIMES IT IS BY WORD AND SOMETHING THAT YOU HEAR BUT OTHER TIMES IT IS BY SOMETHING THAT YOU SEE. THE ULTIMATE DESIRE OF SATAN HIMSELF IS THAT HE LEADS YOUR HEART AWAY FROM GOD. HOW TRUE IT IS AND HOW WONDERFUL IT IS FOR JESUS TO SAY SIMPLY AS HE SAID IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 IN THE FIRST FEW VERSES, “BLESSED ARE THE PURE OF HEART, FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.” WE SHOULD ATTEMPT IN EVERY WAY THAT WE CAN TO CONSTANTLY, EVERY DAY FILL OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS WITH THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OUR HONORABLE AND GOOD. WITH ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WILL HELP US LIVE A CLOSER LIFE TO GOD AND ASSURE US OF LIFE ETERNALLY. MY FRIEND, I WANT TO COMMEND YOU TODAY ON YOUR DESIRE TO DO SO AND IF YOU’RE NOT DOING SO I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO TRULY BECOME ONE WHO IS PURE IN HEART.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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MAY WE ALWAYS STRIVE TO HAVE A PURE HEART BEFORE GOD AND OUR FELLOW MAN, JUST AS GOD REQUIRES. FOR WE KNOW THAT THE PURE AND FAITHFUL HEART WILL SEE GOD AND BE WITH IT'S CREATOR FOREVER!