Daily Devotion Tuesday August 22, 2017
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
In the mid and late 1990s was a small booklet—The Heart of Man that was popularly used as a tool of evangelism in my district. This missionary resource booklet developed by the All Nations Gospel Publishers brought me to terms with the reality of the human heart. The first introductory paragraph of the book straightforwardly points out its purpose:
“As you read this book, please bear in mind that it is like a mirror in which you will be able to see yourself. Whether you are a heathen or a Christian, one who does not believe in Christ or a backslider, you will see yourself as God sees you. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). God sees us as we really are.”
This booklet truly made me to see myself the way God sees me, it made me to realise how evil my heart was. Although I didn’t make an immediate commitment to Christ on the conviction of this booklet, it sowed the seed of the Gospel in my heart which eventually drew me to Christ some years later. The power of the book lies in how it uses different animals and their characters to depict the sinful heart of a worldly man—a man who leads himself without any place for Christ in his heart.
The Heart of Man clearly illustrates that those whose hearts are filled with evil will have no place in the kingdom of God. Rather, God’s kingdom belongs to those whose hearts are led by the Spirit just as Jesus taught his disciples on the mount saying;
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8)
Purity is “the quality or state of being pure.” The bible clearly teaches that “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out” (Jer. 17:9 MSG). This is the state of the human heart as illustrated in The Heart of Man, it is filled with pride, greed, jealousy, anger, hate, deceit, malice, and all the wickedness you can think of. In his teachings, Jesus rightly points out that because the heart is wicked, whatever comes from it makes a man unclean (cf. Mark 7:1-21).
“Purity of the heart can but not be achieved by human deeds. Trying to be good alone by not doing bad things cannot make a man’s heart pure. Refraining from doing bad things only stops the manifestation of the impure heart but leaves the heart in its dirty state.”
In Christ, we have the privilege to have our hearts cleansed and made pure for the kingdom of God. In him, we are made anew. The apostle Paul is one such a man who has experienced the transformative power of Christ, he was transformed from a persecutor to a preacher, from one who longed to murder to one who longed to save.
After having experienced this power which is able to make a wretched sinner whole again, apostle Paul wrote:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (II Cor. 5:17 NLT).
Christ, who is the maker of the human heart can doubtlessly realign the dirty, wicked and filthy human heart to a clean, pure and God-fearing one. When we accept that we are sinners and ask Christ to forgive us, he will cleanse us from all the unrighteousness of the heart, he will make our hearts pure enough to see God. His shed blood cleanses every filth from the heart, and a total commitment to him allows his Spirit to guide us through this perverse world until we reach the throne of God. Amen!
 The Heart of Man accessed from http://angp.org/fileadmin/angp/sites/pdf/HB_english.pdf
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