Category Archives: devotional

Proximity doesn’t guarantee relationship

1 Samuel 3:1 NKJV — Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

1 Samuel 3:6-7 NKJV — Then the LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.)

Samuel literally lived at the Tabernacle, the place made for God to abide with His people, but it didn’t mean the boy had a relationship with Him.

Proximity didn’t guarantee the relationship.

The relationship began when Samuel heard the Lord calling him, and answered.

1 Samuel 3:8-10 NKJV — And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

The relationship began here.

This close relationship with God lasted throughout Samuel’s lifetime,.

All because Samuel didn’t just do the things which were part of worshiping God, he didn’t just live at the place of worship.

Samuel spoke with God, listened to God, and obeyed Him.

1 Samuel 3:19-20NKJV — So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD.

It’s not enough to just attend services or give offerings or to occasionally see what God’s Word says, if one is to have a relationship with God Almighty.

A relationship with Christ Jesus begins with accepting Him, and who the Bible says He is.

Then it grows through time in the Word, prayer, sound Biblical teaching, and fellowship with those who also are growing in their relationship with Jesus.

Faith is a beautiful thing, but it can be fragile.

Not unlike a beautiful potted plant, which requires time, sunshine, and care for it to grow, spread, and blossom, our faith needs care, our relationship with God needs to be a priority.

Being near the plant, but never tending it means it will shrivel and die, and the same thing can happen to our faith if we neglect our walk with Christ.

Even the disciples understood just being near Jesus wasn’t enough, after all it was one of His own who eventually betrayed Him.

Luke 17:5-6 NKJV — And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You long to have a relationship with each one of us and You died to make the way open for us. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us about faith and building our relationship in You. Please continue to show us how to walk with integrity and truth, that we might not fall prey to the enemy. Lord Jesus, there is sacrifice in serving You, there is a cost to relationship, because You paid so much more than we could ever pay, I humbly request that You help each one of us to willing lay down anything which is hindering our relationship with You. Lord, if there is sin, reveal it. If there is pride uncover it. If there is bitterness, envy, or selfish ambition let it be seen, that we may repent and return to You and righteousness. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for Your everlasting love. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

The forgiveness of Job

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:10 NKJV

I’ve been inspired by Job’s story for many years, but this time of reading through it, I learned an incredible lesson about forgiveness.

Job had lost all his wealth, the care of his wife, and every single one of his children died in the same day.

As if this wasn’t enough his health breaks down and he’s covered from head to toe in extremely painful and ugly sores.

He had three friends who heard of his plight and came to comfort him in his sorrow.

When they first saw him, they didn’t recognize him, were struck with grief and sat for days in silent mourning with Job.

Then, they began speaking, and accused Job of secret sins which brought all this tragedy on him as severe punishment from God.

When Job denies it, they grow abusive in their comments, berating Job for a hard heart and rebellion against God.

Everything changes when God shows up.

Job 42:7-9NKJV — And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.

The next verse is profound.

Job 42:10 NKJV — And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job prayed for his three friends who had recently been so unkind.

Here is the man who has lost everything and God is requesting he give even more to those who least deserve it.

Job had to have forgiven these three to pray sincerely for them.

And he did.

Job didn’t bargain with God.

He didn’t argue with God.

Job didn’t hesitate; he prayed.

God responded.

He forgave these three friends and restored Job to his previous standard plus more.

The key to how Job could do quickly forgive is this:

Job 42:5-6 NKJV — “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.Job Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”

Job had seen God and it changed everything.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for recording this story of Job’s. Thank You that You hold all truths in Your hands. Thank You that You see all of us, each one. You know us better than we know ourselves. You love us so much You paid the highest price, for who can repay God is only Son? It’s not as if one man died for another. It’s the Creator of the universe chose to be clothed in human form and died for all mankind. If You put such a high price on purchasing our forgiveness from sin, we should definitely be quick to forgive one another. Lord, thank You that Job walked through all these trials and yet never blamed You, never turned away from You. Lord, let that be me and my family. Let us always praise You and seek Your face, forgiving as we have been forgiven, loving as we have loved. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

“your Father who sees”

Matthew 6:1-4NKJV — “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

It’s innate to try to impress others or prove ourselves, from the time we are small.

It’s common to hear a little child say, “Watch me!” and look up with anticipation of the “Wow! Good job!” they are hoping for.

God knows our desires and the ambition which can drive our actions and His Word teaches us our motivation should be to please Him, have a relationship with Him, and love Him with all that is in us.

We are to put away the childish “look at me” and instead point to God and bring Him the glory.

Because anything we can do or give comes from God in the first place.

Jesus’s teaching cuts directly to the heart’s motivation for “doing good”.

He clearly states that if the one who does a charitable deed is doing it simply for selfish ambition, rather than in obedience to God, their reward is compromised

For God sees into the heart of each person and reads there the truth behind the behavior.

Jesus not only teaches on the truth, the gospels record Him actually doing: “…who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

Mark 12:43-44 NKJV — So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

God didn’t include “the rest of the story” of this widow, but only the part we need.

Jesus, Himself, saw her and He sees us too.

May we be inspired by the widow to trust Him with all.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You are Sovereign. Lord, thank You for being the One who saw this widow. You understood her sacrifice and the trust she placed in You by giving such an enormous amount, all she had. Lord, I want to be this type of servant. I want to be willing to give You everything at all times, even my inmost self. Lord Jesus, I want to live resting in Your peace with truth and joy, for Your joy gives me strength. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which comforts and teaches me. Thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. Thank You for Your patient understanding. Thank You for being the God who sees me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

A Willing Worker; a Proverbs 31 woman

She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:13‭-‬16 NKJV

This woman seems extra blessed by talents and productivity, if one simply reads through these verses quickly.

Only upon closer inspection do we see the point.

This woman willingly works, serves those she lives with, and uses her money wisely.

Although, weaving cloth, providing portions for our maidservants, and planting a vineyard are not things most women in Western civilization do, it doesn’t mean we can not follow this example.

It is important that we have a willingness to work with our hands.

We can work to supply our families needs, create a healthy home environment, and make nutritious meals.

We can be wise with our finances, and open to opportunities the Lord provides to invest whatever we have leftover.

The Proverbs 31 woman is not looking to fulfill her own needs, she’s trusting God to do that, and being diligent with the tasks at hand.

Let’s take our example from this woman and fix our eyes upon the face of Christ Jesus, pick up our laundry basket or car keys or whatever is waiting for us to be accomplished, and serve with gladness.

Matthew 5:16 KJV — Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your instruction to us as women. Lord Jesus, I know this example of a virtuous woman is able to do and be all that she was, because her life was totally surrendered before You. She was living to the fullest because she understood her life was not her own, but it belonged to You. Lord, I too understand that truth. I thank You for purchasing my life at such a high price. Thank You for the things You have supplied for me and the ways You have walked with me. Lord, You know my limitations, please help me to be a Proverbs 31 woman through surrender before You. Help me to take my focus off of what I can’t do and keep it upon what You have called me to do. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for walking with me in so many things and directing my steps. May my life reflect Your love and truth that others might find the truth and love You have for them. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Shalom

Today would be Passover in the Passion Week.

If you’ve never been to a Passover celebration, I would encourage you to read through a script.

The first Passover was held in Egypt.

The children of Israel followed God’s commandment to kill a spotless lamb, putting it’s blood upon the upper and side door posts of their homes.

Exodus 12:12-13NKJV — ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. ‘Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Pharaoh had been given nine chances to let God’s people go, but instead Pharaoh hardened his heart and utter tragedy broke out on all his people.

But God saved the children of Israel, because of the blood of the lamb.

For the follower of Christ it’s full of meaning, because the lamb who was slain to cover the sins of those who chose to take refuge under the blood is Jesus.

Jesus, Himself celebrated the Passover celebration many times, but the final celebration is so rich.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Mark 14:22‭-‬25 NKJV

These words are read during Communion, but Jesus spoke them at Passover.

Jesus knew He was the perfect sacrifice, not for one sin or only one group of people, but for all sin given to any who believe in His salvation.

He said it Himself:

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:14‭-‬17 NKJV

May each of us take time this week to reflect upon the greatest gift ever given: salvation through Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of salvation. Thank You for pointing to Yourself throughout the Passover, as the coming Messiah who will save His people. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and how clearly You state what is righteous, what is truth, what is good and pure. Please continue to teach me daily the incredible wisdom of Your Word. Please continue to impart Your grace and mercy to us daily, that we in turn might reflect You to those who have yet to know You. Lord Jesus, speak clearly to those who are seeking You, let neither doubt nor fear hinder them from truth. Thank You, Lord for Your great blessings. I am truly humbled by Your incredible sacrifice.

Cereal bowl

Monday was busy.

I had to get my shots that day, I couldn’t go Wednesday.

I learned last week waiting till Thursday meant a very full office which means longer time in the office.

I also needed a few groceries and some bowls.

Some how we were down to three cereal bowls.

I normally like sets of dishes, but our everyday set is mismatched, so I figured I’d stop at a thrift store and buy some white bowls.

After all, white bowls are common.

Although, I’m certain there’s multiple thrift stores in the city my Allergist office is in, I didn’t want to shop there.

I prayed about it and felt I should try a town just south of there, it was on the way and I could get groceries as well.

The GPS was a little challenging, but we eventually found it and got out.

After our time of city life last year, this thrift store was indeed small in comparison, but I didn’t have trouble finding the one aisle of dishes.

On the top shelf, just at eye level were two white bowls with writing.

At first I disregarded them, I didn’t want anything with writing.

Look again.

I glanced back and read the words, they were Bible verses!

“Thank You, Lord!”

I added both to my cart and a few others.

At home, I washed and dried them, out them on the shelf near the cereal.

It wasn’t until this morning I realized how blessed I was to get these.

I was feeling a bit stressed, my head was bothering me, and I couldn’t seem to get mental focus.

I hadn’t realized how much I was struggling until I went to make coffee for my husband and got distracted.

Anne walked in about this juncture and asked,

“Mom, what are you doing?”

I looked up a bit bewildered, “Why?”

“Because, you’re standing looking in the desk holding the empty top of the coffee maker and a piece of sandpaper.”

We both grinned at each other.

“Oh, I was dumping the coffee grounds and saw a pair of scissors sitting out, and then remembered I need some sandpaper for the project in the garage, I was just putting the scissors away.”

We both laughed!

“Maybe, you should eat breakfast,” she smiled at me.

I agreed, set the sand paper down, finished the coffee, and poured myself a bowl of cereal.

I was still feeling a bit jumbled when my eyes fell on the bowl.

Proverbs 3:5a NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

It was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes, especially when my physical body is struggling, I try too hard to do things on my own.

It’s like I get blinders on, and can’t see anything outside of the tasks waiting to be done, which push and shove inside my brain for priority.

This reminder of who is in charge changed everything.

As I ate my breakfast, I praised God for His blessings and thanked Him.

I’m not the one in charge and it’s such a blessing!

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:6 NKJV — In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for this reminder. Thank You for the cereal bowl with this verse. Lord, I acknowledge that I’m not in charge, and I was never meant to be. Thank You that You are the One Who guides and directs me. You are the One who knows all things. You are righteous and holy, and it is by Your grace and salvation I am made new. Lord Jesus, here I am, Your servant is listening…

The heart of her husband; a look at Proverbs 31

The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:11‭-‬12 NKJV

Scripture is clear, the virtuous wife is a blessing from God.

Her marriage is centered upon being the helpmate God created her to be and her husband is greatly benefited.

She too is blessed, for her husband isn’t ignorant of her virtues.

Proverbs 31:28-29NKJV — Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”

Her husband’s heart safely trusts in her, because she’s honorable before God and before mankind.

She applies herself to being a conduit of God’s goodness to her husband daily.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4

The verse specifically mentions that “she does him good and not evil”, thus she’s not only looking for opportunities to bless him, she’s on her guard against the snares of the enemy which would trick her into harming him.

Scripture makes it clear that no one can walk in righteousness apart from God, thus we as women need to walk in the example of the virtuous wife and apply God’s Word to our lives.

First, by realizing we were created to be a blessing to our husband and children.

Philippians 2:4 NKJV — Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Second, by humbling ourselves, that we might walk in the path of our Lord Jesus, realizing without Him, we will never be able to live in righteousness.

Psalm 5:8 KJV — Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psalm 36:10 KJV — O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

Let us apply God’s Word and seek to better understand the incredible honor given to women, the opportunity to be a virtuous woman.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching us how to live and guiding us as we walk daily. Lord, please make me a virtuous woman that I might do good and not evil to my husband and my family. Lord, guard me against the lies of the enemy and the snares of the flesh. Please continue to build my understanding through Your Word. Please continue to teach me how to walk in humility and meekness, trusting You in all things. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Spring’s reminder

Matthew 24:32-33 NKJV — “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!”

As the trees return from their hibernation, seeds sprout into tiny plants, and bulbs rise from the earth in flower, my heart turns to the greatest story of all time: Jesus’s Resurrection and His promised return.

Matthew 25:31-32 NKJV — “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

Jesus made it clear, He will return and judge the Earth.

For those who have salvation through Jesus Christ, it is a return anticipated with great joy.

Just as Spring is a time of new beginnings, so shall the return of Christ Jesus be for those who are saved by His grace.

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:21‭-‬26 NKJV

May each of our hearts find hope in Jesus’s salvation and joy in His promise.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your salvation! Thank You for the reminder in the leafy shoots of the trees and the tiny plants pushing up through the soil. Lord, thank You that every winter when things seem dead and lifeless, there’s the promise of warmer weather and new life bursting forth. Lord, may these things in nature turn our hearts and minds to Your Word and Your promises. Lord, may we walk with integrity and truth, wise and honorable servants who will be found doing the will of the Master when You return. Thank You that Your Word is truth. Thank You for Your wondrous works. May my life bring glory to Your name, Jesus. Amen.

Virtuous wife; A look at Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth [is] far above rubies. 

As a woman, this verse can seem a little daunting.

Why is it so difficult to find a virtuous wife?

Does this mean I can’t be one, is it unattainable?

Scripture is always the best place to look for understanding scripture.

And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. Ruth 3:11

Boaz is speaking to Ruth, a Moabitess, who had been widowed. She loved her mother-in-law and the God of her husband’s family so much that she moved to a land she knew she’d be hated, just to help her mother-in-law survive. Her only option to do this was to glean in the fields, dangerous work for any woman, much less for her because of the people she’d been born into.

All of these details don’t seem to make a recipe for a virtuous woman.

Yet, here, Boaz is speaking the same adjective to her that is used in Proverbs 31.

The key is in Ruth’s own words:

Ruth 1:16 NKJV — But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.

Ruth was devoted to Naomi’s God, the only God, thus her life makes sense, because the adjective of virtuous is a response to her devotion.

Proverbs 19:14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.

Both the book of Ruth and this verse from Proverbs makes it clear that the Lord is the reason a woman can and will be a woman of virtue.

It is not an impossible thing, it’s just not common.

For the secular culture paints a very different picture of what a woman should be.

As followers of Christ, our interest should lie in finding out what God’s plan for women is and walking in the guidelines of scripture.

We as women can be virtuous through our walk with Jesus Christ both as women and as wives.

Like Ruth, it begins with total commitment, letting go of anything in our past which doesn’t belong in our relationship with Jesus, and diligently completing the task at hand without complaint or worry over the future.

Because that verse in Proverbs doesn’t end with the question:

“Who can find a virtuous wife?

It ends in establishing something the heart of a woman truly desires, to be cherished.

For her worth [is] far above rubies.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word, for the truth, wisdom and applicable teaching within. Lord, thank You for giving me and other ladies a standard in Your Word to live by, that we might walk with integrity and honor knowing You created us, You know what is best for us, and You are giving us the instruction on how to find worth and value in our actions. Thank You that we are already so precious to You that You left Heaven and lived on Earth to be crucified and rise again to save us. Truly, Your sacrifice shows us just how cherished we are. Lord, let our hearts never forget what a costly price You paid for us. Lord, please help us as women not to get caught up in the world’s standards for, not to be bitter, envious, selfish, crude, filthy, nor seeking the gifts of others, but rather let us be thankful, forgiving, generous, diligent, edifying, respectful, loving, kind, and gentle. Lord, help us to put off the “old flesh” full of the lusts and sin and to put on the “new flesh” which comes through being cleansed by Your blood, washed in Your Word, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. Thank You. Amen.

Good treasure of the heart

Matthew 12:35 NKJV — “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”

The Bible makes it clear our heart is where our responses come from, both in action and in words.

Therefore, if our actions our words and our attitudes are not in line with scripture and the ways of Christ, it’s a heart issue.

Matthew 12:34 NKJV — “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Jesus was very directly with those who supposed themselves both righteous with God and in the place of authority over Jesus.

When they condemned His actions, like healing on the Sabbath, Jesus was straight forward about their hearts’ condition.

Mark 3:4 KJV — And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

Mark 3:5-6 NKJV — And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

These Pharisees we’re blinded to their hearts’ condition, but their actions speak volumes: they were willing to work with Herodias to destroy Jesus because He healed a man.

Although, our own actions, attitudes, and words may not be this obviously off, it’s very important that we not grow apathetic in holding ourselves to the guidelines of the Word.

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. Psalms 24:1‭-‬4 NKJV

Everything belongs to God and our lives, our perspectives need to reflect that.

Philippians 4:4-8NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Here are practical applicable steps to walking with Jesus with a pure heart.

For none of these things can be done with sincerity unless Jesus Christ is Lord of our hearts and the only One on the throne of our lives.

What a wonderful gift we have in His Word, that we might not live lies of falsehood.

For although one might be able to lie to others and themselves about the condition of their hearts, God knows the truth and their very actions, attitudes, and words will reflect what’s really there.

Thus, when exposed through our words, actions, or attitudes it’s vital we pay attention, humble ourselves before God and repent.

It can be exhausting, but it’s part of our transformation, part of being made into God’s image.

For the heart that shuns sin and wickedness and looks to the Lord for healing, cleansing, and restoration is a heart secure.

Galatians 6:8-9NKJV — For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Let each one of us stand before the Lord humble, honest, and open for His exhortation, direction, truth, and love.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, thank You for Your patience in daily working in our lives to hone our hearts, purify our character, and guide us in Your path. Lord, let us not grow weary of doing good, especially when it comes to confession and repentance. Lord, please help us to be teachable, pliable, molded vessels, in Your hands. Willing and joyful to put off the sinful flesh, with it’s lusts, and gladly taking up our cross to follow You. Lord Jesus, it’s not easy, nor is it without pain, but I know You suffered greatly for me and I’m willing to suffer to follow You. Thank You, Jesus for all the ways You bless us as we follow You. Thank You for the best gift of all: salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.