Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
On seeing God…
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8, NLT)
For me this is one of the greatest promises of the bible because it says that I Gary Piper will one day be able to see God! For me that is the greatest blessing and journey of all time.
Just think you and I have the chance to SEE God!
But guess what? The good news is we don’t have to wait! While it is true we’ll not see God in this life as we see each other but we can be eyewitnesses to what God does in our lives and world. Just like we are unable to see the wind but we can see what effects the winds have we can see God at work in our lives. But before we can do that Jesus reminds us, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure.”
I believe the way to a pure heart begins with coming face to face with our own impure heart. King David wanted another man’s wife. King David arranged the death of the woman’s husband. King David did what was wrong in the sight of the Lord. King David began a ME filled life and polluted his own heart, but deep inside he knew he was breaking God’s heart and David loved God and even though his heart was impure he knew God continued to love him so he prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.” (Psalm 51:10–15, NLT)
Because God knew David prayed out of pure intentions. God created a pure heart in David. God created a pure heart in David to teach God’s ways to us so that you and I can know that through our relationship with Jesus we too with pure intentions can have a pure heart. The bible tells us that God loved us first while we were yet sinners. God loves us for who we are. God’s greatest desire is that we love him first when we do he will then bless us then through a pure heart God says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)
Often when reading the quote above from Isaiah I am left wondering what it is that God is asking me to see. Our first notion is to begin looking for the “things” he’s doing. For instance if we’re experiencing health issues we begin looking for a healing, if we’re experiencing financial issues we begin looking for an increase in income, a decrease in expenses, or help from family or friends. While the new thing God is doing may include those “things” God is asking us if we can see him at work in our lives.
“I can see You working in my life God, please create in me a pure heart! Amen!”
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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