Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, March 19
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Matthew 5:8 NKJV "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Seeing God and being with Him after all has been said and done here on earth is really all that matters. Even now, intimacy with God is essential for every believer. Jesus said that it is only the pure in heart that will see God, and the author of Hebrews reiterated it in chapter 12:14, "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
It's important to note that our hearts were purified when we got born again. Acts 15:9 says that our hearts were purified by faith. In the Old Testament, the blood of animals were used to clean the people, even though it didn't suffice; Hebrews 9:14 says, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hallelujah! The problem is that we defile ourselves again and again with sin.
That's why James said, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Paul said, "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." These we must do! We do not have the power to cleanse ourselves, but we can choose to say no to sin. And if we sin, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."