by Jon Walker
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10 NIV)
God creates my pure heart, not me. It is his spirit within me that cleanses and “re-creates” my heart. It is his power, his grace, his hand, his works, his abilities, his strength that creates this pure heart. My heart becomes pure not because of what I can do, but because of what God has done through the blood of Jesus Christ – and what God can do in transforming my heart into what he wants it to be.
God loves me and wants to pour his grace into my heart. He wants to see me pure, and he wants to see me succeed – so much so, that he takes an active role in creating my new, cleansed heart. My role – my job – is to submit, humble myself before him, ask for his help.
Think like this: God is the one who purifies my heart. My heart is not purified by me, by my noble efforts, by my good thoughts, by my ability to follow the rules. Rather –
· My heart is purified by God creating a pure heart within me.
· My heart is cleansed by the living water flowing through me.
· My heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ scrubbing away the stains of my sin.
· My heart is cleansed by God breathing his spirit into me.
· My heart is purified solely, and wholly, by the power of God – and not by anything extra that I can do.
That is why the only path to a pure heart is to confess my sin and acknowledge my need.
The heart God creates, then, is no longer cynical or distrustful. It is no longer damaged or broken. It is a pure heart.
· A pure heart produces faith – “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.'” (Mark 11:23)
· A pure heart matches God’s heart – Syncing with God’s heartbeat means you focus your heart on those things that matter most to God (Colossians 3:1-2) and you let go of anything that hinders your ability to align with God’s heart (Hebrews 12:1). Jesus matched his heart with the Father’s heart (John 5:23; 6:38; 16:17-18).
· A pure heart is undivided – God wants your whole heart committed wholly to him: “To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33)
· A pure heart is a fresh start – Ask God to create in you a fresh start. (Psalm 51:10 MSG).
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