A Clean Heart

July 23, 2020
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Genesis 6:5 – And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)

The late Muhammed Ali made a striking statement about the heart in 1978: "The personality of a person, the ways of a person, the thoughts, the deeds and the actions, it's all based around the heart. For what is a man? A man is his heart."

Whenever God looks at us, His utmost desire of us is that our hearts be changed.

Ezekiel 36:26 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (KJV)

The reason that He devoutly longs for this spiritual transformation is that He wants us to be like Him in our thoughts, deeds, and actions, as everything about us is based on our hearts.

Matthew 15:19-20a – For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man. (KJV)

To know if we have unclean hearts, we must pay attention to our words, actions and lifestyles. If they are full of immoral thoughts and evil imaginations, it's a sign that we need our heart transformed and cleansed. That's how the heart is if we aren't born again. It is also possible for people to live a clean, moral lifestyle, but to have a stony heart, if they have never surrendered to obey the lordship of Jesus Christ. And some of us become born again and still continue in worldliness. That's also an indication that we need our hearts purged.

Friend, here is the good news: it is absolutely possible to have a clean heart, surrendered to Jesus, and cleansed and forgiven of our sin, no matter how dirty one's heart might be. Paul tells us:

Romans 12:2a – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. (KJV)

In achieving this, firstly, we must be born again and Spirit-filled, by repenting of our sin and receiving the Spirit of Jesus.

Secondly, as believers, we must steadily fill our hearts with God's Word daily, letting the Word dwell in us richly. We must resist and cast out every imagination from the devil to sin: lust, fornication, unforgiveness, anger, malice, hatred, and many others.

Lastly, we must ask God in our prayers daily to purge our hearts clean of every sin with the precious blood of Jesus.

Take time out and examine your heart today. Pray with me:

Prayer: Create in me a clean heart, O God, that I might not be far from You. Purge me of every filthiness, and renew a right spirit within me. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray. Amen.


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word, Owen.


    This is exactly what is needed right now.


    Once more you have given us a powerful message, Owen. Thank you.
    (Texas, USA)


    Thank you for writing this devotional. It confirmed for me this morning something the Lord was showing me in prayer in my own heart.
    (Canada)


    Grateful for your encouragement to lead us all to live the life of the Spirit through Christ, Owen! These are good scriptures to help us on our spiritual journeys. Blessings on your writing and walk today.


    Thank you for your devotional on examining and cleaning our hearts. I also like the NKJV translation of Proverbs 23—verse 7a “For as he thinks in his heart so is he.” verse 12 “Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.” verse 26 “My son give me your heart. And let your eyes observe my ways.”
    Thank you for your prayer.


    Hello Owen,
    Thank you for writing today’s devotional which is very mindful of the importance of keeping a “clean heart” and be a faithful servant of the Lord. The scripture references you have chosen are very poignant in supporting the subject of this devotional.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Dear Owen,
    Greetings, happy Thursday to you!
    It is indeed so good to Read your devotion this morning! I’m always inspired by your devotions!
    I sincerely hope that all’s well and that you and your family are well and keeping safe.
    As usual your devotions are always appreciated, and a great reminder, of how great our Lord Jesus is.
    Thank you very much once again.
    Stay strong keep safe!
    May the good Lord continue to bless you richly.


    Owen, Today I got a message from friends in Germany whose husband came from Nigeria. In recent months he was confronted by racism action on his way home from work. They have made a video about it. Blessings.

 



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