September 13, 2020
Pastor Frank Bowden
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
I. The Beating of My Heart
“When the will of God crosses the will of man, somebody has to die.”
– Addison Leitch
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
II. Mixed Emotions
1 Samuel 16:7
Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart
Focus On Getting Your Heart Right
III. Target Heart Rate
The Heart Sees What It Is Trained To See
To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled.
“It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.”
– C. S. Lewis
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Steps For a Purity Ekg
1. Check your motives
2. Choose to see God in the little things
3. Celebrate Him out loud when you see Him
More of Him and Less of Me
- Choose to give control of your heart to Jesus as your King
- Check your motives and repent of impurity.
- Celebrate the small things in life where you see God at work.
- How does our heart guide decisions we make? Share some personal examples.
- Read Hebrews 10:19-22. Discuss how the work of Christ purifies our heart.
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:12. How will our view of God change when we see Him in heaven?
- Share as a family why it is important to listen to one another and discuss how not listening contributes to arguments.
- Move beyond your family relationships, how could listening well improve our relationships with those we disagree with?
- How can we hold onto truth when we engage in love with others who disagree with our faith?