Posts Tagged ‘ Heart ’

VerseD: Matthew 5:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Matthew 5:8, ESV

When we believe in Jesus Christ and His atoning work of His crucifixion, death, and resurrection, we are given His purity.

Believe in Jesus, and we will see God face to face one Glorious Day.

Preparing Your Heart – The First Week of Advent 2019

This originally posted five years ago (and then again two years ago with the longer ending found here) but sometimes it is good remembering some things!
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It is the first week of Advent!
Advent is a time to remember our Lord’s first coming as we look forward to His imminent return.

So, let us prepare hearts for encountering the Lord!

“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor. But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.”
Job 11:13-20, ESV

In the passage today, Job’s friend Zophar is offering his friendly advice. May we remember that the only way these words are true is if we turn to the Lord and let Him make us clean and righteous!

Wait for the Lord;
     be strong, and let your heart take courage;
     wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:14

Preparing our hearts requires waiting patiently for God. We cannot hurry Him.

Patience leads to peace, because we have a hope found only in God as revealed in Christ and through Scripture.

Then we can more fully turn to Him!

VerseD: Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 12:25, ESV

Everything feels worse, heavier, sadder – or completely dull – when anxiety weighs on you.

Encourage each other. Especially with the hope of Christ.

VerseD: Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22, ESV

Many things in this life and drive us down and practically kill us. Many other things can lift us up and give us joy.

The joy of the Lord is what gives us hope and makes the problems of life more nuisances (in the grand scheme).

VerseD: Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23, ESV

This is not a “know thyself” proverb. This is a “be careful what you think, feel, watch, and listen to” warning and encouragement.

Focus on good and godly things.

VerseD: Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10, ESV

Only God can make us good and clean.

Lord, give us wisdom to seek You, and clean our hearts and minds as You cleanse our souls.

VerseD: John 14:1

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
John 14:1, ESV

Christ has overcome this world by overcoming death and the grave. We can find peace in Him by believing God has done this. This world is not our home, and one day He will unite us again in eternity!