Transformation Meditation – Whatever Is Pure

transformation meditation-Whatever things are pure

Transformation Meditation – Whatever Things Are Pure – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

What comes to your mind when you hear the word pure?

I’m pretty sure a lot of different things comes to your mind.

But I guess seeing that we are on a quest for transforming our minds to have more godly thoughts…we should be attempting to discover what God means when he talks about pure.

So let’s look at a Biblical definition and go from there.

Strong’s Definition: Of uncertain affinity; clean (literally or figuratively) clean, clear, pure.

That really doesn’t give much information, does it?

Okay… so maybe the Thayer definition can help us a bit more.

Pure is defined this way… To be free of corrupt desires and to be free from sin and guilt.

We hear phrases such as pure white and pure gold… pure this and pure that…

And the truth is that for gold or silver, or for the this or that to get to any form of purity something has to be done to them.

Take for instance a piece of fabric.

In order to get a piece of fabric to be as pure white as it can be… It first has to be bleached or soaked in hydrogen peroxide.

However, if you don’t use bleach or hydrogen peroxide with caution it can damage your fabric and ruin your garment.

The bible talks about purifying gold… So let’s take a look at what it says.

I’m reminded of a verse in the Proverbs 17:3 that reads like this…

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

As I mentioned earlier that to bring any of these items to any form of purity something has to be done to them.

To bring silver and gold to its purest levels heat has to be applied to them both. And so it is with us as the children of God.

I imagine that’s what the Apostle Peter means when he admonishes us to…

Think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which are to try us… You can read more on that in 1 Peter 4:12.

 

Does Purifying the Heart Come with Chastening?

 

Well-beloved, I can tell you from first-hand experience that God uses chastisement to purify our hearts.

But here is the thing that we must always keep in mind… and it is that God is always chastening us from a viewpoint of love.

Therefore, my beloved friend, we must not grow weary or shake our fist at the Lord when he corrects us.

The bible tells us that no chastening is found to be a joyful experience… but if we would endure the chastening of the Lord it will bring forth peaceful fruit of righteousness.

You can find that admonition in Hebrews 12:5-12.

I have found myself referring back to it many of times for comfort.

The word of God tells us that the commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes.

Hence blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

This brings me to my next question…

 

Transformation Meditation-What’s Our Part in Purifying the Heart?

 

Before I answer that… Let’s get this part clear first. And it’s that we can do nothing without God.

 When we read John 15:5 Jesus tells us that we can do nothing without him…

The Scripture also tells us that it is God that works in us both to will and to do his good pleasure.

So you see we wouldn’t even have a desire to do what I am about to share with you next, if not for the grace of God.

 

So, what’s our part in the purifying process?

Trensformation Meditation clean your ways

 

I’m so happy that you asked…because there is one verse of the scripture that really pops into my mind at this time.

In the book of Psalms 119:9 the word of God speaks and is asking the same question about our part in our purification.

Yet it does not leave us hanging on for an answer… It tells us plainly what to do.

Let’s read it together…

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? That’s the question… Now here is the answer…

By taking heed according to your word.

The following verse goes on to tell us the effect that the word of God has in our lives when we attend too or take heed to it.

The word of God goes on to say…

Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.

You see when we attend to the word of God and do as it says it keeps us from sin.

I know I know many of us don’t like to use the word sin in our speech anymore…

But it is… what it is though…

And that’s truly the power of the living word of God. It not only has the power to transform our hearts and minds… It has the power to keep us and protect us from sin.

Our duty is to stand firm in the truth of God’s word. See Galatians 5:1 and Ephesians 6:14.

 

What Does A Pure Heart Look Like?

 

When we explore the Bible we discover a few dimensions of a pure heart.

Let me show you what I mean…

First, let’s look at a pure heart from a physical sense. 

The prophet Jeremiah said that the word of God is like a fire. Fire is hot, it burns, it provides light and… it also consumes.

So, how does this relate to us as believers in the physical sense of purification?

Well, beloved,  that’s a good question…

It relates to us in a physical sense because fire is used to purify certain materials such as gold or silver.

And so is the word of God in our lives… When applied to our hearts it shines a light in the darkest places and brings to the surface its impurities.

 

A Pure Heart is a Fruitful Heart.
 

Another great example of a heart that’s pure is found in the Gospel of John 15:1-2 and this is where we find these words of our Lord…

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Every branch in Me which does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch which bears fruit He prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.

When God prunes us this is another aspect of physical purification.

 

A Pure Heart Is a Clean Heart.
 

The Lord Jesus said that we have been cleansed by the word that he has spoken to us.

By the way… The Greek word “katharos” that’s been translated as clean in John 15:3 is the same word that’s translated as pure in Matthew 5:8.

There is no other word that we can encounter that will cleanse our hearts and minds as does the word of God.

In Ephesians 5:26 we find these words concerning being cleaned by the word of God.

It reads like this…

 

that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word.

I have always loved that verse of scripture…

 

You may want to take some time to read it during this week of meditation.

 

A Pure Heart is a  Forgiving Heart.

 

I would be remiss If I didn’t mention that a pure heart is a forgiving heart…

Yet the only thing that I am going to say about forgiveness at this time is that it is crucial to your own forgiveness from our God and Father.

Jesus plainly told us that if we don’t forgive those that trespass against us, we would not be forgiven by our Father in heaven.

There will be more to come on forgiveness in a future episode… If the Lord wills.

As we think about whatever things are pure this week there is another thing that we should keep at the forefront of our minds.

 

A Pure Heart Has Pure Motives.
 

I believe with all of my heart that God is more concerned with our motivations for doing what we do more than anything else.

I could write ten thousand words on what a pure heart should look like and perform like… But if I don’t mention the fact that it is our motivation that we should be considering…

 

Well, then it’s just a bunch of words with no real substance.

 

So, what should our motivation be?

 

A Pure Heart is Motivated By Love.
 

Beloved… At the beginning of the day and at the end of the day… It’s all about love.

Love is the greatest gift that we can share with one another, and God expects us as his children to do so.

 

The Lord Jesus told us to love each other as he has loved us.

 

How did Jesus love us?

He loved us by laying down his life for us that we might live.

 

The bible also tells us that greater love has no man than this… but that he lay down his life for a friend.

 

A Pure Heart is A Giving Heart Motivated By Love.
 

It recently dawned on me that part of the purging process that God talks about in John 15:2 is about giving.

 

You see when God motivates us to give… this is his greatest and most important part of His pruning process.

 

Look at it this way… When you give something to someone you are taking away from yourself and adding it to them.

 

Think about that for a while…

 

Let me conclude this weeks monologue with this…

In the words of the Apostle Paul…

 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clashing cymbal.

  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

And though I give away all my possessions to feed the poor, and though I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

It is important that we verify our motives physically, lawfully, morally and ethically to make sure that they line up with the word and the way of God.

 

Physically: 
 

We are purified by the fire of the word of God that brings up and out all of the impurities of our thoughts, deeds, and motives.

And also as a grapevine is cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit in its season. So are we… Jesus said that we are purged or pruned that we might bring forth much more fruit.

See John 15:5.

 Lawfully:
 

We attend to the things of God lawfully by doing what the word of God instructs us to do in all of our doings.

 

Morally and Ethically:
 

We are free from corrupt desires, from sin and guilt and shame.

 

Adhering to Gods way frees us from every admixture of what is false.

 

It frees us to be sincere… genuine, blameless, and declared innocent… and unstained with the guilt of anything. This can only be achieved when we are in agreement with God.

 

We that are among the saved have been called with the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Yet without him, nothing is achieved… But, with him, we can do all things and nothing is impossible.

 

Let us meditate on that… and by the grace and guidance of the precious Holy Spirit you an I can have pure hearts that we might see God…
 

And as always my beloved friend…
 

Keep up the good practice, and experience the power of God working to give you new life through meditation.
 

And as always my beloved friend…
 

Keep up the good practice, and experience the power of God working to give you new life through meditation.
 

 

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