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A Pure Heart Is Key To Hearing God's Voice

A Pure Heart Is Key To Hearing God's Voice

Welcome to Part 30 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you just want to get things right once and for all, this blog series is for you. For Part 29, "Answering God's Call" click here. Today, we will focus on Point 6 of 7 listed in "Developing The Art Of Hearing From God"

Get your heart right! We all have access to God through The Blood of Jesus but people with pure hearts get VIP access.

Psalm 66:18(KJV) - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

If God hears you, He will respond to what you say. However, if He does not hear you, you're probably not going to hear from Him either. The closer your heart is to The Lord the easier it is to hear His Voice. In contrast, the further your heart drifts from The Lord the more His Voice grows silent. A heart that completely chooses to value iniquity over purity will lose access to The Voice of The Lord. That explains why some Christians can drift so far from God and deep into error yet carry on with their lives without even noticing it. If they could choose not to listen to God's Voice when they could hear Him they probably wouldn't miss His Voice when they can't hear Him.

I can testify that Psalm 66:18 is the gospel truth. In my own life the more I submit my heart to The Lord the easier it is to communicate with Him. This actually helps me to gauge where I am in my spiritual walk with The Lord. I don't measure it by my gifts and talents because Romans 11:29 say that they are not a reflection of my character. I don't measure it by how I feel because 1 John 3:19-25 says that even if my heart condemns me, God is greater than my heart. I measure it by my communication with God. When I can't hear His Voice the alarm bells start ringing.

Matthew 5:8(KJV) - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

In case you thought this message was based solely on The Old Testament, here's what Jesus said in The Sermon on The Mount. If your heart is pure you will see God. Period! Therefore, if you want to develop proficiency in communication with The Lord, judge your own heart. Is it pure or not? Be honest! It's easy to make excuses for your own sins while you judge others for theirs. So don't be easy on yourself.

Are there areas of impurity in your heart? If the answer is yes, ask God to cleanse it today according to 1 John 1:6-10. Then, set up boundaries to protect it from further contamination according to Proverbs 4:23. You need your heart to be pure because God has some things to show you and purity of heart opens your eyes. Sometimes we don't see the value of purity in our hearts but the ability to communicate with God is a big deal.

A Pure Heart Is Key To Hearing God's Voice

1 John 1:6-10(KJV) - If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

The Bible is so clear. Nobody's perfect but everyone can choose to model their lives after the perfect one. If you make that choice, the power of God is available to help you carry it out and The Blood of Jesus is available to clean up your mistakes. However, if you choose not to model your life after Jesus (walk in the light as He is in the light) you won't be able to claim fellowship with Him.

In other words, if you choose to consistently sow seeds of disobedience you can't prevent the harvest of disaster that comes as a result of it. Even if you conveniently claim to be immune because you are part The Body of Christ, God will judge you based on the truth in your heart. The Apostle Paul covers this in Galatians 6:7-9 by stating in a letter addressed to the church that everyone reaps what they sow.

James 4:8(NLT) - Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

What does it mean to come close to God? It means connecting your heart with God's heart. In Matthew 15:8 Jesus lamented that people were coming close to God with their mouths but their hearts were far from Him. He didn't really care what the people said unless it came from their hearts. Apostle James gave us a quick tip on coming into God's presence even in the age of grace.

We have to wash our hands, purify our hearts and commit our loyalty to God. Read all of James 4 and you will realize that this message of correction was addressed to Christians. I know that the popular teaching these days does not always line up with this train of thought but it's the truth. We cannot abuse God's Love, grace or mercy by stomping all over His heart without repentance and then expect to live successful Christian lives. At some point, the plan will backfire.

A Pure Heart Is Key To Hearing God's Voice

Psalm 24:3-4(NKJV) - Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

God has invited us all into His presence and because of Jesus we can come boldly according to Hebrews 4:15-16. It's The Blood of Jesus that cleanses us but as I stated earlier, we must subject ourselves to His cleansing and commit to remaining clean. Even though Jesus has already cleansed us the day we were saved, according to Hebrews 6:4-6 and 2 Peter 2:20-22, we can choose to become dirty again and stay dirty. That makes no sense when He's always there with arms extended to forgive us.

Nonetheless, life is confusing. It's hard to trust what you see or hear on this earth. The Apostle Paul warns us in Romans 3:4 that while God is true, every man is a liar. Hence, you can't trust anyone unless you can see God in them. It pays to hear God's Voice so subject your heart to His cleansing today and move forward with His directions. He has a purpose for your life and there's no need to fool yourself according to Galatians 6:7-9. Sow seeds that build your spirit and you will reap a harvest of the kind of life only God can give.

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