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Beautiful Choices // Sermon 6


Beautiful Choices (Sermon Six)
The Beatitudes


Matthew 5:8 NLT
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”



Let me begin by saying this “purity of heart” kind of sounds lofty and a far reach, for me anyway. It just sounds like a lofty description for our hearts that always seems to be grappling to be right before God.

I can see myself poor in spirit and mourning my sin, but when Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart,” I wonder just who He is talking to.

Can anyone really be pure in heart? Well, the good news is He is talking to us and we can really be pure in heart.


First, it would be good to address what purity of heart is not.

Purity of heart doesn’t mean living a sinless life.

The moment we go against God’s Word and conviction, we need to ask forgiveness and do not commit the sin again.

Know this, every time you say “yes to a sin, you increase its power in your life, making your next temptation harder. But every time you say no to a sin, you weaken its power, and you make your own position in the fight against it stronger. 

Purity of heart doesn’t mean perfection.

You will make mistakes. I’m not talking about sin here, but life issues. Responding to someone inappropriately. Letting someone down. Failing in an assignment. And the list goes on. You and I make mistakes and I might add, mainly mistakes of the head and not the heart.

We beat ourselves up and think, “If my heart was what it should be, I’d never do those things.”

Again, this is not what Jesus is talking about.


So, if pure in heart isn’t being without sin, and purity of heart isn’t perfection, then what is it?

1. Purity of heart is an undivided heart.

A pure heart – an undivided heart – is a heart developing a desire to set our affections on the Lord.

It is a heart growing to walk in complete harmony with the Lord and His Word.

And the key here is a made-up mind.

2. A pure heart is a heart that has been washed clean. The root meaning is one cleared of adhesives or cleaned from the impurities that stick to us.

It’s what Isaiah talked about in Isaiah 1:18 NLT:

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

It’s what we sing about when we sing: “What can wash away my sin…”

So I come to Jesus and ask forgiveness of my sins and He washes them away and gives me a clean heart – one that sin doesn’t stick to anymore!


Now this is good. As a Christ-follower, loving God and serving Him, I’m growing in my relationship with Him – I may stumble at times. I may allow “my flesh” to get in the way and sin results - yet, it doesn’t stick. It doesn’t adhere to my heart because my heart has been washed clean. My heart is after God. My heart has been changed from submissive to myself to surrender to God.


Our life in sin was:

“I am stuck on sin,
‘Cause sin is stuck on me.”


But not anymore, it is now:

“Ain’t no sin on me. There ain’t no sin on me. There may be sin on some of you, friends, but there ain’t no sin on me!”


So, a pure heart is a transformed heart that is undivided. It is a heart desiring the love of the Lord.


And here’s the practical application. Here’s how we cultivate and develop a pure heart.

1. Listening: the practice of immersing yourself in the Word of God.

I’ve said this every week of this series. We need to be in the Word. There’s no other way to grow than feasting off of His Word.

His Word cleansing us and keeps on cleaning us.

2. Worshiping: the practice of gazing on the glory of God.

Step out of your comfort zone. Starting with speaking to God.

Singing to Him. Don’t just observe. Sing. You don’t have to yell it out, just participate.

3. Persevering: the practice of getting up when you have fallen.

Alright, you sinned. You blew it. You made some bad choices.

Now you have another choice – you can lie there in your mess, or get up, put your big boy pants on, and get back in the race.

It is always too soon to quit. Never. Never. Never ever give up.

4. Anticipate: the practice of knowing who you are and rejoicing in what you will be.

I John 3:2-3 NLT
"Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure."

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

One day we will see Him. One day we shall behold Him.

One look – one gaze upon Him and His glory and all this stuff we’ve gone through will be worth it all.

Don’t give up. Don’t quit following Him. Pick yourself up.

It won’t be long now.



Worship Set


Same Power 

- Jason Ingram and Jeremy Camp

Verse 1

I can see the waters raging at my feet
I can feel the breath of those surrounding me
I can hear the sound of nations rising up
We will not be overtaken
We will not be overcome

Verse 2

I can walk down this dark and painful road
I can face ev'ry fear of the unknown
I can hear all God's children singing out
We will not be overtaken
We will not be overcome

Chorus 1

The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
Lives in us lives in us
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks
The same power that can calm a raging sea
Lives in us lives in us
He lives in us lives in us

Verse 3

We have hope that His promises are true
In His strength there is nothing we can't do
Yes we know there are greater things in store
We will not be overtaken
We will not be overcome

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Greater is He that is living in me
He's conquered our enemy
(oh)No power of darkness
No weapon prevails
We stand here in victory oh
(REPEAT)
In victory


Here As In Heaven

- Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick

Verse 1

The atmosphere is changing now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

Chorus 1

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You're the reason we came to encounter your love
Your love surrounds us

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come your will be done
Here as in heaven

Verse 2

A miracle can happen now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here


I’ll Trust You

- Richard Smallwood

You are my refuge; in You I’ll trust.
You are my fortress; in You I’ll trust.
I won’t dread the terror by night,
for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.

Chorus

When I call You,
You’ll answer in time of trouble.
When I call You,
You’ll answer; You will deliver.
Woah, woah, I’ll trust You,
for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I won’t dread the terror by night,
for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.
(Repeat chorus)
I’ll trust You,
for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I’ll trust You, I’ll trust You, I’ll trust You,
I’ll trust You!I’ll trust You!
(Repeat several times)
I’ll trust You,
for I will dwell under Your shadow.
I won’t dread the terror by night,
for angels are all around me.
So, I will not fear.Lord,
I will trust. (Repeat twice)
Oh, Lord, in You I put my trust!

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