TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, May 10, 2018:
Free from anything that pollutes or contaminates; quality of being uncontaminated; quality of being without evil; guiltless and undefiled.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart; he shall receive blessing from the Lord.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most people today are concerned about how they look on the outside. It is mind boggling to think of all the money, time and effort people spend to make themselves look good.
What we should be more concerned about is how we look on the inside. Please understand that we are not saying how you appear to others is unimportant, but really what is important is how we appear on the inside. The outward appearance does not reveal what someone is really like or what inner qualities they have. Outward appearance does not determine the value of a person.
We need to remember that the Lord looks at the heart. The verse in I Samuel 16:7 tells us, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Everyone can see our face but only God can see what is in our hearts. The world admires what looks good to the eyes. People judge the merit of other people based on their outward appearance.
Believers should spend time and effort on making sure they are pure and uncontaminated on the inside. God wants us to be pure. In II Timothy 2:19 it says that, “everyone who names the name of the lord must turn from wickedness.” There is no inherent purity in any of us because we are all sinners. To be pure we must go to the only source of purity. That source is God. I John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Purity requires a change in the believers’ heart. The verse from Psalms (above) reminds us that if our hearts are pure our hands will be clean and uncontaminated by evil deeds. A pure heart will lead us to do what is pure and right by God’s standards, not man’s. The only way others can have any idea what is in our hearts is how it is made evident by our talk and our walk.
It is by knowing God’s Word that we keep our minds pure. God’s Word has convicting power to keep us from sinning. God’s Word is truth and teaches us what is truly pure.
We cannot expect God to bless us when we do not have clean hands and a pure heart.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:3.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Help me to live a pure life today, honoring You with my pure thoughts and right actions.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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