Remnant III: Keeping a Pure Heart

22 Jan

The Remnant III: Keeping a Pure Heart
I love talking about having a pure heart. The heart is such a fascinating subject. In the Bible, the heart is described as our inward man – the inside part of us that is the real us – our spirit. It is the hidden part of us where our deepest beliefs reside. It is through our heart that we connect with God, which in turn leads to answered prayers. The prevailing tone of the words we speak flows directly from our hearts. Moreover, the way we believe in our hearts is so important that our salvation depends on it. Finally, God favors those whose hearts are knit with His. Clearly, the state of our heart is very important.

Of all the people in the Bible, David was the only one about whom God said he was a man after God’s own heart. What a statement – especially in the light of David’s many failures! That gives me hope. If David can be a man after God’s own heart, then so can I; so can all of us. And, that’s what I want, don’t you? So what was it about David that made him a man after God’s heart? What are the characteristics of a “heart after God”? Well, in short, a heart after God’s own heart is submitted, repentant and humble. These three characteristics work together to produce a pure heart. And that is what David had that attracted God’s attention and favor.

Too many of us have gotten to the place where our hearts are cold, hardened, impure and unsurrendered to God. We have the choice to either continue along this path and face the consequences of not being a part of The Remnant. Or, we can surrender our will, seek to have a heart after God’s own heart and experience the favor and blessing that God pours out on The Remnant.

As we go forward into this year, I encourage you to find those places in your heart that are not repentant, submitted or humble before God. Then repent, asking God to help you to have a heart after His own heart – a pure heart. He will delight to honor your request and welcome you in as a part of The Remnant!

(If you want to know more about how to have a pure heart and what that means, I encourage you to listen to or watch this message.)

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