Pastor Shane is continuing week 5 of the "Happy" series from Matthew 5:3-12, "The Beatitudes". We are studying what Jesus was saying at the Sermon on the Mount. Shane's sermon focuses on verse 8..."God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God". What does it mean to be pure? Webster's dictionary defines it as free of foreign matter, contamination, or corruption. It is simply "taking impurities out." What is purity? It is to make or become pure. So, how do we become pure in an impure world? Let's take a look at what Pastor Shane has shown us: If you were shown pictures of these 4 men, would you say they were pure or impure/good or bad?
- Abraham Lincoln
- Osama Bin Laden
- George W. Bush
Proverbs 22:11 says...Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speach will have the king as a friend.
Acts 13:22 tells us that God will remove people in high places to place those that are after God's own heart, despite of their sins. (In this case, God put David in place of Saul. David was after God's own heart and would do whatever God wanted him to do).
Psalm 51:10 says...Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
3 Ways Not to Have a Pure Heart: (Illustrated from David and Bathsheba's life in sin)
- Believe you are stronger than the temptation.
- Selfishness/All about Me.
- Cover up your sin.