Jesus said the pure in heart are blessed because they will see God. Matthew 5:8
Our fellowship with God and knowledge of His ways depends on our purity of heart. Jesus is saying that to receive the blessing of seeing God, we must become like God. But how does that happen?
It’s possible to be passionate about God, spend time with Him regularly and still sin. To become more pure in heart requires a thorough inspection of all of our faults and sinful ways and then asking God to do what is necessary in our lives to cleanse our souls. No, we cannot cleanse ourselves of our sinful nature, but we can take steps by identifying the problem(s) by His Holy Spirit and then asking God to remove them.
This may be a stretch as an analogy, but when I think about cleansing my soul in order to see God, I keep thinking of what it takes in order to prepare for and endure a colonoscopy. YUCK!! Ok, let me tell you how my mind works! We first acknowledge that we may have a sin problem, we seek the advice of a Doctor (The Great Physician, God), Who then recommends that we go through a procedure of cleansing by His Holy Spirit. It involves filling us up with His Spiritual presence and allowing Him to purge us.
1) Sometimes we have trouble acknowledging that we have any problem at all and we continue to feel the results of the imperfections of sins that are affecting our life – not seeking any advice from the Great Physician at all.
2) Other times we acknowledge that there may be a problem, we seek advice but we don’t like what we hear has to happen in order to cleanse the imperfections from our life, so we leave the doctor’s office and don’t do anything with the advice because it may cause some discomfort in our comfortable lives.
3) Then there are those that acknowledge the problem, seek advice and regardless of the disruption it causes to cleanse the imperfections out of our lives, we prepare ourselves and do all we can possibly do to remove all the bad behavior from our life. And when we are finished, we ask the Doctor to do His part to look and see if there is anything left that needs to be removed in order for us to go forward and live a life full of His presence.
So how do we become pure in heart? Psalm 139:23-24 states: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”. Because “…the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
You must do some serious soul searching and ask God to help you discern what it is in your life that is literally offensive to God. He knows and understands your motives. If your motives are not God centered, you are offending Him and hence, unclean – impure!
Once you’ve reflected and identified the offense(s), you need to repent (confess to God and turn away or repent from the sin in your life with His strength). When you are tempted by Satan, do what Jesus did when He was tempted by Satan, reflect on God’s Word. Filling your mind with the Scriptures helps ensure that you stay strong. Knowing Scripture, makes you know God and knowing God, makes you become more like Him.
Seeing God – Be Blessed.