Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God – A Journey to the Heart of God
Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
I am excited today to share with you my journey to the heart of God through the Beatitudes. I am sensing within my soul that my heart is a key component on this journey to the heart of God. I don’t want to miss one thing that God has planned for my destiny.
As I look back at the five doors that I have gone through, I can see that this has not always been an easy journey. So many times, I have allowed the fear of man to creep into my heart and hold me back. I have allowed doubt, rejection, hurts, and other emotions to hold me down.
I have had my heart broken along the way. I have had days that I thought I would never get up again. And yet, here I am at the sixth red heart-shaped door.
I pause and I take time to remember the first part of my journey:
- I have acknowledged that I was poor in spirit and that I have accepted the invitation to the Kingdom of Heaven.
- I spent time mourning over the goodness of God and I discovered that there was truly an unexplainable comfort in His Presence.
- I willingly humbled myself before God because I realized that I desired to be more like Him.
- Oh! And then that deep longing within my soul – a hunger and thirst after righteousness and longing to be filled.
- Receiving God’s mercy. The more I receive the more I want to give to others.
Yes, I am indeed blessed by God. I am ready to go up the staircase that leads to the sixth red door. As I climb the staircase, I glance at the heart on this door; this heart appears to be larger than the hearts on the previous five doors.
Jesus said that the pure in heart will see God. What does that mean?
In the Bible, the “heart” symbolizes the center of the human soul. It is through our hearts that we expose the deep parts of “who we are.” Our emotions, our thoughts, and our motives come alive within the heart.
Purity in the biblical sense means “clean, not contaminated, and unmixed.”
I think of that verse found in Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (NLT)
Sometimes when we have been troubled or burdened with cares, we spend time thinking of how we can walk through the maze of difficult times. There have been times that I have been called by the Lord to go to another person and “speak from my heart.” Whatever the reason, I knew that it meant that I would expose who I was – my deepest thoughts.
As I continue to stand in front of the sixth door, I am reminded of another Scripture where Jesus was confronted by a group of spiritual leaders regarding traditions and commandments. His disciples even came to Jesus and told him that he had just offended these men. (Wow! Jesus offended others?)
Matthew 15:16-20 – “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.” (NLT)
Oh Lord, how my heart needs to be guarded from my own desires my own perceptions, my own thoughts, my own reasoning, my own purpose, and my own intentions.
How do I guard my heart above all else?
I desire to go through the door, but how will I keep my heart from being contaminated?
It is when you are willing to allow God to search you and know you. It is when you are willing to allow God to test you and know your anxious thoughts. It is when you no longer desire to offend Him and you allow Him to lead you along the path of everlasting life.
The pure in heart see God in creation and circumstances and they also see Him in His Word.
I am ready to go through the sixth red door and allow the Father to search me and to know my heart. I am ready for God to test me and know my anxious thoughts. Yes, I am ready to go through the door.
I willing turn the doorknob and I walk through that door for I want to see God in all that surrounds me. I want to take what I have learned from His Word and through the training of His Holy Spirit in my life to honor Him with my life’s destiny.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for what you have shown me through my journey to Your Heart. I see more clearly Your ways and Your thoughts for my life. Father, as I am challenged in my faith daily, I pray that I would stand for You always – not fearful of what man says about me. I love you Lord. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, amen.
My Song: It could be no other than a song about my heart – about allowing to clean me up. To keep me focused upon His Heart – revealing His Ways and His Thoughts.