January 6, 2020
Matthew 5:8 (NKJV) Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
1 John 3:2 (NKJV) Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
It turns out that our growth in knowing God ‘depends’ on the condition of our hearts. If our hearts are polluted, then we will hard to see Him. As a result we keep living in our human nature and flesh. Moreover if our emotions are “successfully conditioned” by the circumstances (through events and people) to move in a negative and bad things. It is like a barrier which is going to weigh on our hearts.
So there is no other way to cleanse our hearts, only by the work of the Spirit and word! But it needs GRATITUDE that proceeds from our mouth to activate the work of the Spirit and word. That’s what Paul did to the church of Ephesus.
Ephesians 1:15-16 (NKJV) Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers
Despite of the condition from the church of Ephesus who still lived in their humanity and negative emotions (Ephesians 4:17-32) however Paul was still being grateful for their existence, because he could pray to God to ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (the work of the Spirit and word) that molded/ cleaned their hearts and minds.
Ephesians 1:17-18 (NKJV) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
Only the person whose heart is pure could ask that things above to God for His people. So what Paul wrote actually had been firstly applied in his life. His heart was pure and clean. That’s what made him kept growing even though facing the condition and people who were against his life, hate him even wanted to kill him. Paul still looked upon Him, knew Him and became like Him!
Actually we could live like the pattern of Paul. Whatever the condition we live in, be thankful. The point is, never allow our hearts to be polluted. Because it is the strategy of the enemy to make us stop growing and start to walk in humanity. Gratitude has a power to cleanse the atmosphere of our hearts to be clean again. We will be able to forgive even to forget other’s mistake (all bad things and bitter memories are really erased). The negative emotion are entirely removed! This is what makes us CONNECTED WITH THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER (we experience the work of the Spirit and word).
Matthew 5:24 (NKJV) leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:43-48 (NKJV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect
The condition of pure heart makes us see Him as Father and able to push in the Spirit (we have the boldness of faith to ask something) not as an ordinary person, but as a perfect children of God (to forgive and forget). This is what makes our prayers become more powerful. What we speak will happen! Because we are Father’s representation over this earth – as the children who are loved and pleasing His heart!
People see us naturally as ‘an ordinary people’ but in fact we have very different stature (because we have seen Him as Father who makes us realize that we are His children). We take the power back over the universe and all names that are mentioned in this earth (Genesis 1:26-27).
I believe the weapon that is most feared by the principality and power in high places is PRAYER FROM THE CHILDREN OF GOD! Because when we pray, something must happen!!
James 5:17-18 (NKJV) Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Therefore, this is the time to guard our hearts with the spirit of gratitude. At any rate, whatever happens, just give thanks immediately!! It will drive away various of the dimension of the evil (inner conflict, revenge, disappointment) and at the same time it attracts the spirit of wisdom and revelation to come in our lives and to make our eyes to be focus/ look on God! So we could know Him and become like Him (we keep growing to be function and to represent the reality of the Kingdom Heaven over the earth). #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus