Friday, February 19, 2016

Pure Heart

"Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God."
After taking a holiday break, The God's Girls gathered again to kick off our new series, "Body Parts."
We will be going through various body parts and discussing what the Bible has to say about them and how we, as girls who belong to God, are to use our mouths, eyes, hands, feet... to please God.
We kicked off with the heart, it being Valentine's week and all!

The heart is talked about so much in the Bible.
It is the place where we invite Jesus to come in and take over our life.
Why not the brain?
The brain seems to be mission control for the body, the hub of all communication.  
Why don't we ask Jesus into our brains to take over our life?
In Matthew 15 Jesus tells us that out of the heart comes our words and our thoughts.
What?  Doesn't our mouth speak and our minds think?
There is something about the heart that is the center of all of us.
The heart directly influences the mouth.
The heart guides the mind.
What we value most is where we place our hearts.
The heart determines how we live.
And Jesus told us that those who have a pure heart, will see God!
I want to see God!

 If your heart is clean, pure, then everything else in you will be pure too.
Your thoughts, your words, your actions, your desires.
They all come out of your heart.
When our thoughts are coming from a pure heart,
 they are not distracted and they are focused on God and we see Him all around us.
When our words are coming from a pure heart
they are not harsh or rude, but a blessing and a gift that allow others to see God.
When our actions are coming from a pure heart
we are not acting for our own fame and glory, 
but for the benefit of others and the glory of God and we see Him.
And when our desires are coming from a pure heart,
 we are selfless and seek to please God through doing His will, 
which is always where we see Him.

The God's Girls made bookmarks.
Using pencil erasers dipped in paint to decorate them.
At the bottom of the bookmark we punched a small heart out.
When I laminated the bookmarks, the heart hole was covered by the plastic,
 making a window of a pure heart.
Truly our heart is a window into who we are.
If our heart is cluttered, dirty, or covered up, no one really sees us.
But when our heart is pure, people can clearly see into who we are,
and because we are all made in the image of God,
they will see God.

Search me God and know my heart.
Investigate my life, find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I'm about;
see for your self whether I've done anything wrong - 
then guide me on the road of eternal life.
Ps. 139 MSG

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