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A Pure Heart

Who may be a worshipper of God? He who has clean hands and a pure heart! But, what does that mean, exactly?!

Texts: Psalm 24

A. Sung by Levites carrying the ark - Ps 24:7-9

B. Begins with Glory to God for His Majesty - Ps 24:1-2

C. The question: Who may be a worshipper of God? - Ps 24:3

D. The answer: He who has clean hands and a pure heart - Ps 24:4-6

E. The goal of our instruction: “love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a

sincere faith.” - 1 Tim 1:5

I. A Pure Heart begins with Purity Of Understanding And Faith

A. Ps 119:130 “The unfolding of Thy words gives light”

B. Ps 119:104 “From Thy precepts I get understanding”

D. Prov 2: 6; 4:5 From the Lord’s mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

E. Not understanding the Scriptures makes one mistaken - Matt 22:29

F. Self comparisons are done by those without understanding - 2 Cor 10:12

G. Purity Of Understanding requires believing the truth - 2 Thess 2:10-12

H. Let us pray to be filled with the knowledge of His will… - Col 1:9

II. A Pure Heart involves Sincerity of our Personal Faith. - James 4:8

III. A Pure Heart is one Motivated by Love

A. The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart… - 1 Tim 1:5

B. The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart - Mark 12:28-31

C. The second is: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.- Mark 12:28-31

D. Obeying the commandments to love is “much more than all burnt offerings and

sacrifices.” - Mark 12:32- 34

E. Love Motivates Behavior toward others. - Rom 14:15

F. Love Then Produces Edification - 1 Cor 8:1

G. Love determines Behavior and Attitude - 1 Cor 13:4-8

H. Love does great Spiritual things - 1 Pet 4:8

I. Therefore, “the goal of our instruction is love…” - 1 Tim 1:5

IV. A Pure Heart Has Pure Emotional Responses

A. Self control involves both morality and emotional control

1. Self-control preached - Acts 24:25

2. Self-control required for success - 1 Cor 9:25

3. Self-control is part of the fruit of the spirit - Gal 5:23

B. Admonitions to self-control Titus 1:8; Titus 2:2

C. Emotional responses, yet without sin - Eph 4:26

D. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ - 2 Cor 10:5

V. A Pure Heart means Purity of Will

A. We must do the will of the Father - Matt 7:21

B. Jesus is our Example - John 4:34; 5:30

C. Let God’s will transform our wills - Rom 12:2

D. God’s will is done from the heart - Eph 6:6

E. Our Reward comes after we have done God’s will - Heb 10:36; 1 Pet 4:2,6;

1 John 2:17

Conclusion: Who is fit to stand in service to God? - Psalm 24:3

He who has clean hands and a pure heart! - Psalm 24:5

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