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Do you know if you have a pure heart?

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The Bible says that only Pure in Heart will see God. Do you know whether you have a pure heart? Do you know how to keep a pure heart? Read and see.


Submitted:Sep 17, 2009    Reads: 2,873    Comments: 2    Likes: 0   


The Bible talks about holiness and sanctification and having a pure heart. What is that and why is it even necessary?

Before we can understand that, we'll need to first understand some of the other truths.
Our eyes and ears are the gates to our soul, to our heart. When God says: guard your heart, He means that you need to be careful as to what you are letting through the gates of your eyes and ears into your heart. For example, when we are watching something bad or listening to something bad, this bad goes right inside of our heart and corrupts the heart. When we watch or listen to something good, then it makes our heart clean and good and pure. In other words, we are either making our heart unclean or pure depending on whether we let in our heart bad or good.
And this is what Jesus meant when He said in Mat 6:22-23 ""If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. In other words, if your eye will be seeing something good, if you will CHOOSE to make your eye see good things, your heart will be full of light and pure. If your eye is looking at something bad, then your heart will be full of darkness.
There is also another thought, a little different way of looking at the heart. We feed our inner person through our eyes and ears. Whatever we see or hear - IS spiritual food. Jesus said: I am the bread from heaven. And whoever eats me will have life. And Jesus is the Word. So in other words, when we HEAR the word, it's like our inner person is eating it. So when we hear/see something bad, we are feeding our flesh (our corrupted sinful nature). When we hear/see something good, we feed our newborn inner man, the one that's born of God. So it's only logical: whichever we feed the most, will be stronger in us, and will be victorious in us.
Gal 6:7-8 says: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
So when we see/hear bad stuff, we sow into our flesh (and we will die at the end). When we see/hear good stuff, we sow into our born again new person, and the result will be - eternal life.
Prov 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
We need to guard our heart as though it's our treasure. Because it's through our heart that we can get to know God and accept Him and be saved. Our heart is our connection with God and eternal life. It says in Mat 5:8 that only pure in heart will see God. When we let the things of the world into our heart (through eyes and ears), our heart becomes unclean. When we see/hear the Word of God, our heart is being purified.
Jn 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Eph 5:26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
1 Pet 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth
1 Pet 1:16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
God looks at our heart. People see our external "holiness". And sometimes we can't see either one. So how can we see ourselves? One of the methods would be to compare yourself against the Word of God. It's like a mirror to our soul. The Word of God is showing us how we look and what things needs to be fixed. (James 1:23-25). Another way to see whether your heart is pure or not is to observe which things you are letting in through your eyes/ears. If those things are bad, we might be sure that our heart is unclean. So sometimes we walk in our external holiness: go to church, pray, sing, minister and everyone thinks we are holy. But we are actually letting the world come into our heart and make it unclean. And only God sees those dark spots all over our heart.
And there is one more thing that we need to understand. In the old times, under the old covenant, there was a very holy Temple of the Living God. And only priests could enter it. And only a high priest could enter the holy of holies and only once a year. And if one of the priests was not clean and entered the temple, he would have been killed. One time people were carrying the ark of the covenant of God (a very holy thing). And the ark tilted and one of the priests touched it to prevent it from falling and he fell dead. (His intentions were good, but He didn't follow the instructions of holiness). We need to understand: what's holy, is holy. And the punishment for not handling properly something that is holy is death. And we need to remember that God is holy. And all the priests had to clean themselves before they entered God's presence. But in our times, when we live under grace, people forgot about God's holiness. They come into His presence with unclean hearts and in fact, we are always in His presence, because He lives in us. We ARE the temple of the Living God. And it's our duty to keep God's temple clean and to make sure we don't do anything to make it unclean. God is very patient with us. But the judgement day is coming when He will ask everybody: how come they were not afraid to treat as unholy His holy things? And how come they did not keep His temple clean (our body)?
1 Cor 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
These people, who are willingly keep living in sin, while knowing it's wrong, are treating the blood of Jesus as though it's not holy. And God will not stand that. It's a big no no.
Heb 10:29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (HEB 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left)
God is holy. And that's why He said: don't touch anything unclean, please understand, I can't receive you to myself, I can't be with you if you make yourselves unclean. I have washed you, sanctified you, made you holy so that we could fellowship together, but you go back to the world and make yourselves unclean again. (2 Pet 2:20-22)
2 Cor 6:17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
God loves us and that's why He is warning us. He doesn't want to come and catch us unaware and then He'll have to judge us. He wants us to fix our lamps, to clean our heart. God does not warn those who are not His. He warns and disciplines His children because He loves them and wants to keep them safe.
Rev 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
And verse 20 says that Jesus is standing outside the door of the Christian's heart, calling them to repentance. (as mentioned in vs. 19)
Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
God cannot receive us to Himself, He cannot come in and eat with us until we stop touching the unclean and defiling His temple (which is our body). (2 Cor 6:17)
Rev 3:2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.
So in order to keep your heart clean and pure, you need to think of things above, of heavenly things. Because thinking of earthly things will result in our spiritual death.
Col 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Rom 8:6 mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
James is talking to Christians here: Jam 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Jam 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this… to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James said that having a dead faith, a faith that does not produce the works of righteous life, a faith that does not produce fruit of the Spirit is useless. He said that even demons believe in God, but that doesn't save them. Our faith should be revealed by our fruit. If we are truly believers, we should bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
JAM 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?
Paul said: add to your faith these things (in other words, don't just have empty dead faith without anything to show for it.). ADD to it these things (means, grow in them)
2 Pet 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
God says: be perfect like I am perfect. Be holy as I am holy. Mat 5:48 1Pet 1:16
And we say: but it's impossible. MAT 19:25
And God answers: everything is possible with God. MAT 19:26
And then He adds: His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Pet 1:3)
So God enabled us to live a righteous life and be holy. He provided the tools. He gave us everything we need to live a godly life. But how exactly? - His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. It is through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who lives in our hearts. Through the KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ. Because it says that by the Spirit we kill the deeds of the flesh. It's Jesus, the Spirit, who lives in us and Who kills the deeds of our flesh, so that we could live a victorious Christian life. (Rom 8:13) So that's how. Through the knowledge, through growing in our knowledge of Him.
But what is "knowledge of Jesus Christ?" It means to get to know Him really good, to get really close to Him. Because you can't know somebody you are not close to them. You can't have knowledge of them, until you get to know them first. God said that IF we clean our hearts and keep them clean, then God will come to us and reveal Himself to us and THEN we will start to get to know Him, to grow in our knowledge of Him.
2 Cor 6:17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
JOH 14:21… and I too will love him and show myself to him."
God will receive us to Himself and will reveal Himself to us IF we keep our hearts clean and pure. And again, how do we keep them pure? By not letting anything that's not godly enter our heart THROUGH our eyes and ears.
So when Jesus Christ comes to us and reveals Himself to us, THEN we will start to grow in our knowledge of Him. And through this knowledge, His power will be activated in our hearts and we will start to become victorious over our flesh. The Spirit will then kill the deeds of the flesh. (Rom 8:13) And we will be transformed into the image of Christ, from glory to glory.
2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
People have decided that it's impossible to reach perfection in this life and so they stopped even trying. They say: I was born in sin and I will always stay a sinner. The only difference between me and other sinners is that I am a forgiven sinner. But this teaching is not according to the Word of God. Because God says that we are being transformed into the image of Christ. (2 Cor 3:18) God says that He made us perfect forever.
Heb 10:14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Death of Christ was not in vain. He didn't die so that we could still be sinners and be in bondage to sin. No. Christ's death has FREED us from sin. We are not slaves to sin anymore. So why are we acting as though we are? As though sin still controls our body?
Rom 6:3,2 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
God said that "anyone who is born of God does not continue to sin (1 Jh 3:9)
God said that "you have been given fullness in Christ" (to be like Him, and Christ was like God. ) Col 2:9-10
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation - but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Rom 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
God's will for us, which He caused to happen through Christ is - to be likened to the image of Christ.
Rom 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
But we decided that it's impossible and stopped trying. But Paul said that "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." Phil 3:12 In other words, Jesus Christ gave us victory over flesh and He gave us perfection. And Paul is trying to obtain that now on practice. Jesus Christ died so that we could have the victory. And the least we can do is to try to reach that goal.
Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal - So Paul is still trying, controlling his flesh and is looking and working toward the goal. But we have decided that we can never reach it and we stopped trying.
Paul also said: Imitate me as I imitate Christ. (1CO 11:1 1 Cor 4:16) And in Gal 2:20 I was crucified with Christ.
But are we imitating Paul? Or are we saying it's impossible to give our life to God like Paul did, and instead we are trying to keep some of the life for ourselves?
But what did Jesus say? He said that those who don't deny themselves and take us their cross are not worthy of Him.
And that those who keep this life (try to live it for themselves) will lose it (will lose eternal life). (Mat 10:38,39)
Did we crucify our flesh and say that it is not that I who lives, but Christ lives in me? If not, that means we have not reached God's will for our lives. And that means we have to still keep trying. Jesus said that "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Mt 7:21
I understand why we say that we can't ever reach perfection. We try and try and fail. There are two reasons why we fail.
First, we don't have the power of Christ working in us because we are not growing in the knowledge of Christ. We are not keeping our heart pure so that He could come to us and reveal Himself to us - because this is the way to grow in our knowledge of Him. Only through the knowledge of Christ can we ever be victorious over our flesh. Jesus said that you can do nothing without me. He meant: without getting to know me up close and personal.
He is still standing outside of the heart door of Christians with unclean unsanctified hearts, those who did not separate from the world yet and He can't come to them and start moving in them and enabling them to be victorious over flesh. So, first thing we need to do is to separate from the world and get close to God.
And second, we need to add faith to the promises of God. One of the promises is that we are saved because Christ has died for us. But we actually accept it by faith. And we live as though we are already saved people (although the actual salvation will take place in the future). But we are looking at the invisible as though it was visible and by faith accept what God has promised us. And another thing which we accept by faith is that God has clothed us with the righteousness of Christ. We can't see that, but we accept it by faith and we thank God for His wonderful and abundant gift of mercy.
And so in the same way, we need to accept by faith that God has made us perfect and holy now. God does not remember our sins. He sat us in Christ Jesus in heavenly places. We now have the authority to step on and be victorious over the enemy. We have to understand that knowledge is power. For example, if you know the tax rules, you sometimes can get the money back. But if you didn't know the rules, the money that was yours by right, would still be sitting there. In the same way God's promises are sitting there, waiting for us to realize that they are ours by right and we could be using them. But if we don't know them, OR don't believe them, then we won't use them.
So we need to study about them, that way we know what rights we have and what power is available to us. And what we can do to stand against the enemy. For example, if two people were walking in the forest and then the thieves met them, then these two would probably be killed. But what if one of those 2 had a magic whistle in his pocket and could call the animals to help them if only he whistled. Well, there are two scenarios. If the person KNOWS about the magic whistle in his pocket, then he would be safe because he will use it and get help. But if the person DOES NOT know about it, they will still be killed, even though the magic whistle was sitting right there. God said that for the lack of knowledge my people perish. When people don't know that they have been liberated, they still continue to live in bondage.
We don't owe anything to our flesh. But we think we do. So we live as though we do. When our flesh tells us to do something that we believe is wrong, we should take a stand against it and say: no, I am in control and I am NOT going to do it. But of course, that would only be possible if we know Jesus Christ up close and personal and if we know and believe the promises of God.
Paul is informing us of our rights. He said: know this, that you don't owe anything to your flesh. And if your flesh is asking for something, know that it has no right to do so. The victory is on your side. We are not living by the law anymore. The law only showed people their sin, but it didn't have the power to clean it. We are not under the law anymore. Now we are under grace. And now there is cleansing power, the blood of Jesus Christ, which does clean us from sin. OUTSIDE of the law, there is righteousness. By faith. Through the death of Jesus Christ. Now there is power to free us from sin. (Rom 3:22)
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Rom 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Rom 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin -
Although in practice, we still live in a sinful body, and are not perfect, we have to believe that God freed us from sin and we have to live according to this belief. We have to live as though sin is not our slave master anymore and as though we are free from it. We have to remember that we have the power to overcome and we don't have to do what sinful nature tells us to do. Unbelievers are slaves to sin, they can't fight it. But we can. We have the power of God acting in us, helping us to overcome. We can't just fold our hands and give up and go with the flow. We have to stand against the flesh and fight the desires.
I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. We have to believe. Faith causes miracles to happen. Faith calls the invisible as though it's visible. We have to believe that we are holy and perfect and God will make it happen on practice, as we mature. The secret here is that if we believe in that, we will live differently. It's not just about having higher thoughts about our condition. It's not just about being happy that we are perfect. It's about LIVING according to that faith. If we believe that, our life will change. For example, because we believe we are saved, we have peace and happiness in God. But what if we didn't believe? Then we couldn't live in peace and happiness. Our life would be full of doubt and guilt and unhappiness. But believing makes a difference and makes our life different. It's the same in believing that we are holy and were made perfect by God. We will stop living in sin. We will realize that we do have control over our sinful nature.
On the other hand, to be holy is not the same as sinless. God called Job blameless. I don't think that he was without sin. David was a man after God's own heart and yet he sinned. Abraham was not perfect either, and yet considered righteous by God. God expects us to try and to believe. He doesn't expect us to be sinless. (I guess that would be impossible). God calls us "saints" because we look at godly things and are sanctified and purified by that. God gave us a gift of righteousness of Christ. He can see us as righteous even if we still sin sometimes.
But the difference is that we don't live in willful sin. When we sin, we have to confess it right away and not play with sin or make excuses for it. And stop doing it (if we can). This is holiness. In that we confess it as soon as possible and try not to do it the next time. And holiness also is in that we listen to and see only godly things.
If a person believes that he is from nobility, like for example, he was born a prince, his behavior and speech will be different from the street children's. But if he doesn't know that he is different, he will act just like the rest of the street children. From this example, we can see that believing something about one's position, actually produces a different life style in that individual. If we believe that we are the children of the Holy God, then we will tend to be holy and not to partake of the unclean stuff of the world. Our speech and our actions will be different from the world's. We are citizens of heaven and our speech and actions should reflect that.
Paul said that he crucified his flesh on the cross of Jesus Christ. And God expects that from us too. 2 Cor 4:10
The Life of Jesus Christ can be manifested in us if we believe in God's promises of having made us perfect and holy and if we think only of heavenly things and grow in the knowledge of Christ.
God said that we are a new creation. We are not Adam's seed anymore, born in sin. We are born of God. And we should reflect the nature of our Father.
Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Heb 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
1 Thes 4:1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God
2 Cor 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
God gave us righteousness of Christ as a gift. Rom 3:24 God justified us. (Those He called, He also justified)
What does it mean to justify? It means to find blameless. We broke God's law and we owed to the law. The curse of the law held us in bondage, in jail. And we were supposed to stay there until we pay the penalty for breaking the law. But Jesus paid our penalty and God let us out of this jail. We don't owe anything to the law anymore. We are free.
Rom 3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished
Jesus Christ paid for the sins committed beforehand. And when there is no sins, a person is blameless before God. People who lived before Christ were blameless before God because the sacrifice of Christ also covered their sins, just like ours.
When Jesus Christ died for our sins, His righteousness became our righteousness. Imagine that his righteousness is like a white coat. And when we come to God, our sins are forgiven and God puts this white coat on us and then our dirt, our sins, our blemishes, our nakedness are not visible anymore. We look like Christ now. (because we are clothed with Christ). Righteous is God's gift to us. We can feel happy about that. We will live a holy life because we are so grateful to God. We are not going to live as unrighteous because it makes the sacrifice of Christ as though it was in vain. One way to see this is this:
One guy was infected with a terminal leprosy. His friend got him the medicine, but died in the process. But what if the guy gets well (at the cost of his friend's death), but then goes back into the leper camp and gets re-infected? Then his friend has died for nothing.
When we, after being washed by the blood of Jesus, are going back into the world and get unclean, it's like we are saying that Jesus died for nothing. It's like we are treating His holy blood as something that's not holy. God does not tolerate that. He said that in such cases, in cases of where a person returns to the sinful lifestyle, he is like a pig that's going back to wallow in the dirt and the righteousness of Christ does NOT apply to those people. They are still covered by their sins and are still condemned by God for breaking His law. (Heb 10:26, 2 Pet 2:20)
We should accept by faith what the Bible says about what God made us to be. We should not look at our falls, but on Jesus, who obtained victory on the cross. We should believe that God does not see our sins. They are all forgiven. And God's grace gives us the power, enables us to do the will of God and walk the holy walk. We will discover that we are growing and sin less and less. Some things that were a temptation to us before, are now of no interest to us.
When we do sin, we need to confess it, learn from it and then forget it (not worry about it). Because the feelings of guilt could come from satan and make us unable to walk the walk because we will feel like such failures and won't feel like trying more. So it's important to remember, that just like children who learn to walk, we will fall more at first, and less and less later, as we learn to walk. So we need to move on, get up, and keep walking. Having learned from this failure/mistake, we should have a hope of doing better next time. And we should also determine in our hearts to do better next time. Don't say: oh, I can never do it (this will ensure your failure). Say: I will do it better next time. It says that the most important things were accomplished by people who kept trying even though there was no hope.
People who lived in the old testament did not have the power of Christ in them, enabling them not to sin. So they lived according to their sinful nature (and tried to please God as they could). But their sins were covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. But in our day, not only our sins are covered, but we also have the power to live a NEW life. God gave us a new nature, in likeness of His Son.
1CO 15:49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
ROM 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,
2CO 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
The SEED OF CHRIST
When a person sows a seed, this seed brings forth fruit according to its nature. For example, if the seed of a tomato was sown, than the fruit that will grow would be tomato.
When we come to Christ, God is sowing the seed of Christ/ the Word of God into our hearts. And as Jesus also said: the seed which is thrown on a good soil, brings forth fruit. So when the seed of Christ is sown into our hearts, then it's CHRIST that grows up in our hearts. And so a new person is born, according to the image of Christ. And this is called born again, or born of God. A long time ago, the Holy Spirit fell on Mary and she gave birth to Jesus. And now the same thing happens to us spiritually: the Holy Spirit falls on us and we give birth to the image of Jesus in ourselves.
1 Pet 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Gal 4:19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Jesus said: but those are my mother and my brothers who do the will of God. To be Jesus' brother, we have to have one Father. To be Jesus' mother, we have to give birth to the image of Jesus in us.
Verse 28 says that "We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. (God's energy, not Paul's)
Jam 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
We know that we were made perfect by Christ's death on the cross. His life became our life and it's not us who live anymore, it's Christ lives in us. When we go through trials, our mind wants to go back to the old way of thinking: we go back to walking by sight and not by faith. But we have to keep believing the Word. And then the Word will bring forth fruit in us - the image of Jesus Christ, His life in us. We have to hold on to the Word and believe IT. And to reject all the thoughts which make us think otherwise.
2 Cor 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Jesus said: the words which I speak are spirit and life. (John 6:63) These words carry the power of life. They are like seeds which can bring fruit. God said my word does not come back to me empty, but does what I sent it to do. His promises are the Truth. We ARE saints. Which means we are separated from the world, washed by the blood of Christ, and we have to live as though we are dead to sin. We have to remember that we do have the power to overcome flesh through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and we should not just keep doing what our sinful nature desires without stopping to think about and to decide whether you will CHOOSE to do it or not. We need to take the power into our hands and CHOOSE to obey the will of God.




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