It is somewhat understandable why many people mistrust certain Christians; however, there are other Christians whom it is quite dangerous to despise. Those Christians and their way of living may make you feel a bit uncomfortable regarding the life-choices you have made or may be currently making but since they are actually embarking on the spirit-walk we are all called to travel in then it is wise to take note and move in the same direction and along the same pathway and in the same manner as they are. “Blessed are the pure in heart ….” – Jesus. And God commanded, “Be holy even as I am holy.”
Wherever a number of Christians have associated together, with the evident and exclusive aim of promoting purity of heart and life, they have prospered. The most profound attention to the history of the general church will show the same unvarying truth. Under the influence of apostolic purity, the early victories of the cross were as decisive in the reformation of individual character and public manners, as they were unparalleled in their extent and power. But the gradual departure from primitive simplicity, and the immense accumulation of corruption in heart and life which followed, by slow degrees destroyed the power of the church to act as a reforming agent. There are punctuated periods of pursuing heart purity throughout church history and we stand in dire need of another. The possibility of the perpetual presence of the empowering Spirit of God is real but the spirit cools for whatever reason and the fervent flames of reformation fade until problems provoking punishment from the Supreme Moral Authority again multiply. See 2nd Chronicles 7:13-15
The pure in heart — Those whose hearts are purified by faith; who are not only sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Jesus, but cleansed by the Spirit of God from vain thoughts, unprofitable reasonings, earthly and sensual desires, and corrupt passions; who are purified from pride, self-will, discontent, impatience, anger, malice, envy, covetousness, ambition; whose hearts are circumcised to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, and their neighbours as themselves, and who, therefore, are not only upright before him, but possess and maintain purity of intention and of affection in all their designs, works, and enjoyments; serving him continually with a single eye and an undivided heart. They shall see God — Namely, in the glass of his works, whether of creation, providence, or grace, here, and face to face hereafter: they shall have fellowship with him in his ordinances, and shall endure as seeing him that is invisible, while they walk by faith on earth, and shall be admitted to the most perfect vision and complete enjoyment of him in heaven. – Joseph Benson
The above is an excerpt from my current book project
Blessed are the pure in heart is what our Lord said, He didn’t say pure in the head; men may have pure notions and impure hearts. It was not in the hand, or action, or in outward conversation only. The Pharisees were outwardly righteous before men but, we are told, inwardly they were full of impurity. It is in the heart that we are to be pure. Ever since the failure of Adam, the heart of man has been “naturally” unclean and it is not within our own power to make it clean or to be pure from sin. Too many people stop right there just like John Calvin did. Now, “The Bible is a holy book and woe to the man that would make it a minister of sin!” – Dudley Kidd. Many people do carefully give consideration to the command of God, “Be ye holy, even as I Am holy….” With such a command coming from our Creator, it seems that there should be a way for it to occur. Guess what; Scripture reveals there is! The preventatives against sin are not in us but in God. Either the doctrine of God as related by the Apostle John or the practice of sin must be abandoned; they are incompatible with each other. The ones who are wise will seek to find it while the foolish ones will not and they will tend to merely rely on the “lamp oil” they already started out with; initial sanctification. Even they who’ve experienced the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit tend to find themselves desiring and following after ever more purity of heart, life, thought, and conversation; so happy and blessed they are for they shall see God, in this life and in the one to follow. – Ward Clinton, an excerpt from my current book project.
To hit a mark we must know where it is.
There was a blind beggar known to us as Bartimeus who cried out one day for “mercy” but “mercy” was too general a “prayer” for Jesus that day. Jesus asked the man what kind of “mercy” he desired. Now it would have been quite logical for him to have requested alms (money) but the man had already used a formal title which indicated that he believed that Jesus was no ordinary man and therefore he requested the gift of sight. His request was granted. It would not surprise me in the least bit to learn that there were other beggars who called out to Jesus and His disciples who only received a charitable gift of money. “You have not because you ask not.”
There are many in this day, some twenty centuries later, who fail to attain to a deeper faith because they do not know to seek and request. Like Bartimeus we are surrounded by those who try to tell us to just be quiet and not disturb the status quo.
There is a point of grace as much above the ordinary Christian as the ordinary Christian is above the world. …their place is with the eagle in his eyrie (nest), high aloft. They are rejoicing Christians, holy and devout men doing service for the Master all over the world, and everywhere conquerors through Him that loved them. – C. H. Spurgeon
The experience to which Spurgeon refers has been describe as the higher life, deeper faith, entire sanctification, Christian perfection, perfect love, the rest of faith as well as a few other positive terms. “Ultimate Sanctification” is an illegitimate negative term applied by a certain person who is strangely antagonistic yet who occasionally comes within a hair’s-breadth of wholeheartedly promoting it. I’m sure that if he could just see it with unprejudiced eyes he would embrace it instead of running from it. However, the terminology is not as important as the possessing of, and walking in, the experience.
–an excerpt from my book WHoly Christian
During the years that I spent in the United States Navy I had the opportunity to travel to many strange and exotic places although some of the places weren’t all that exotic in all actuality.
Now, while I have been in many places, I’ve never been in Kahoots. Apparently, there is no way you can go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone else.
I’ve been in Cognito. Strange place, that. No matter how many times you go there it seems as if no one recognizes you.
I have been very close to being in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips very close to being in Sane thanks to my children, friends, family and work. But I’m not going to say anything about my Church.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on strenuous physical activity anymore.
I may have also been in Doubt on occasion, I think I have, I’m not quite sure at the moment. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
I’ve been in Flexible, but mostly only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes I find myself in Capable, unfortunately I tend go there more often as I’m getting a bit older.
When I’m in Dependent I find I’m always on my own.
I don’t want to found in Toxicated. People tend to trip over everything there and their speech is often hard to understand.
Things are very confusing and often don’t make any sense in Comprehensible.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the extra stimuli I can get.
I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country that was in. They tell me that’s an age thing. I guess its all Depends. I’ve also heard it is very wet and damp there.
Have a blessed day,
– Pastor Ward Clinton