Pure in Heart

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Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

Tomorrow is my son’s first birthday. Would you like to know what my prayers for him have been for the last year, and while he was in my womb? I would pray that he would grow up loving Christ above all else and that he would grow up with a pure heart. That he would respect and honor women and girls, and have no interest in them expect for their friendship or when he meets the one. As well as, he grows up to his fullest potential in Christ, to be the man that Christ designed him to be, doing whatever is God’s will. This is my prayer for my son.

Purity is a big part of the Christian life, and with the way people are becoming so lax with what is being put out there by the media, and by everyday people, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep one’s mind on Christ and to keep one’s thoughts clean.

“14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.

God has created each and every one of us in His OWN Image. He desires us to live as clean lives as possible. He wants us to constantly renew our minds by reading and meditating on His word.

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In an effort to help with this ever-growing problem of impurity, the modesty movement has been developing and growing rapidly. However, anything good is always outshone by anything bad, and with that, the movement has not gotten the spotlight that it deserves. By spotlight I do not mean, total media coverage, I mean just enough attention to give Christians a touch of hope in our fallen world. Although, while the modesty movement is good, and I am all for it, I just hope it does not forget to tackle the inner issues, the ones that God truly cares about. The issues of the heart.

Modesty is not just for girls, but for boys as well, because a girl can cover up her body, head to toe, and a guy will still have impure thoughts about the woman. The real issue is not of how much a woman covers up, but the perception of women and girls overall. The fact that we live in a fallen world is no secret, but demanding change in the media is a step closer to the goal of humanizing females again.

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This can be done through fasting and prayer. God will listen to those who give something up, just to be closer to Him. Christian have been anointed, as it was written in the book of Isaiah:

The Year of the LORD’S Favor

61 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD.
For the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards,
6 And you will be call priests of the LORD,
You will be named ministers of our God,
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

8 “For I, the LORD love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their decedents will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

10 delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
And arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61: 1-11

There is still hope for purity in, not only our own selves, but in our nation. Many believe that we are too far away from turning back, as individuals and as a nation, or that God is ignoring us, and there is no hope, but no matter what, never stop believing in hope. There is still hope, in you and in our nation.

Just:

Praise Jesus

repent

ask for  forgiveness, to forgive, and for your needs

yield

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