Posts Tagged ‘pure heart’

Let’s Start Over!

Jan 09

by Victoria Robinson

In the beginning … ahhh those famous first words recorded in the book of Genesis. Beginnings so often start with a sense of great hope and wonderment. This was the fresh starts of all fresh starts. A blank canvas with limitless possibilities. Girlfriends, don’t you just love a fresh start? A chance to begin anew with no past mistakes. There are times when we just need to start over.

Spiritually speaking, a new beginning is found in the book of John. That new beginning is found in putting our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The apostle Paul spoke of this transforming faith in the book of Titus. he said, “… a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time …” Acknowledging that a new life is only possible through Jesus Christ is the only way to have a fresh start. In fact, Jesus said to a man named Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Born again—let’s start over! If this is your desire, click on this Heaven link and learn more. Heaven

If you already have a relationship with Jesus Christ then you surely know what a wonderful feeling it is to be able to “wipe the slate clean” and start over. King David came to a place in his life when he desperately needed to start over. Troubles surrounded him due to his disintegration into a sinful life. The enemy of his soul had enticed him to indulge in lustfully gazing upon a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. This led to sleeping with her apart from marriage as set forth in the Word of God. Once it becomes known to him that Bathsheba is pregnant, we see the actions of a desperate man. So panicked by his circumstances that he engaged in a murderous plot to kill Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. If ever a person needed to start over it was King David.

The good news is David repented and turned his heart back to the Lord. David’s fresh start resulted in the Lord speaking these kind words about him after his departure from this world, “… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness …”

King David whose life was ravaged by his sinful choices, but who got a fresh start from the heavenly Father, has been memorialized by the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus.  He wrote, “David was truly a man after God’s own heart.”

This is an encouraging story when we reach a point in our life where we need a new beginning. If that is where you are today, then praying the very words King David prayed after he repented are appropriate. In the book of Psalms David wrote, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Near the end of Lamentations, a book of poetry written to lament the destruction of Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah makes a plea to the Lord. He says, “Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start.” What a wonderful way to cry out to the Lord when we have a remorseful heart and want to start over!

Dearest girlfriends, let us turn our hearts towards our heavenly Father and receive a new beginning.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. ~ Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:1-2,14 NIV
 
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, ~ Titus 1:1-2 NIV
 
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. ~ John 3:1-6 NIV
 
… walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness … ~ 1 Kings 9:4 NKJV
 
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, …  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:1-4,7-12 NIV
 
Bring us back to you! Give us a fresh start. ~ Lamentations 5:21 CEV

Seeking a Beautiful Face

Jul 30

Seeking a Beautiful Face 073011by Victoria Robinson

Discouragement inevitably will follow when we gaze upon all the ugliness of a fallen world. The cure to this is to seek beauty. The beauty found in a face—His face.  The psalmist desired to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD. He so beautifully tells us, “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

Girlfriends, there is nothing about our Lord that is not beautiful. Therefor when we seek His face we will find satisfaction. The book of Psalms reminds us, “And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”

Have you taken your eyes off of the beauty of our Lord’s face? If so, there is sure to be unrest in your heart. As you reflect on these scriptures turn your focus to the beauty found in His face and rejoice in His beauty and strength.

Dearest girlfriends, let us seek the beautiful face of our Lord where true satisfaction will be found. Your heart will find peace as you gaze upon Him.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. … My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. ~ Psalm 27:4,8 NIV
 
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.  Selah ~ Psalm 23:3-6 NIV
  
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. ~ Psalm 31:16 NIV
 
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. ~ Psalm 119:58 NIV
 
Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. ~ Psalm 143:7 NIV
 
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. ~ Psalm 105:3-4 NIV
 
And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. ~ Psalm 17:15 NIV

The Strength of Gentleness

Feb 16

by Victoria Robinson

The strength of gentleness sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Yet this truth found in the Word of God is amazing. As ladies, we should always be concerned about coming across to others as gentle and feminine. This concept is not so difficult for me. As a dear friend has said to me, “You put the “F” in feminine.” I must admit I am a girly girl. Always have been—always will be. This is just naturally who I am. Even so, being truly gentle requires more than just an outward behavior, it requires a heart of gentleness. Here is where I can get in trouble. All the gentleness displayed only outwardly, not from a pure heart has no strength. But gentleness that  is born of a godly heart has great strength. Such is the case of the admonition written by the apostle Peter. He said, “Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet.” In this same passage we find that by doing this we display the powerful truth of our heavenly Father that can even lead others to salvation.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would utilize the strength of gentle godly behavior in our lives.

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. ~ Proverbs 25:15 NIV
 
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~ Proverbs 15:1 NIV
 
If you are a wife, you must put your husband first. Even if he opposes our message, you will win him over by what you do. No one else will have to say anything to him, because he will see how you honor God and live a pure life. Don’t depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful. Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special. ~ 1 Peter 3:1-4 CEV

A Cute New Outfit

Feb 05

by Victoria Robinson

There is nothing like a cute new outfit to cheer a girl up. In the book of Genesis we see a story of an entire household putting on new clothes and oh what a difference it made. The patriarch Jacob, told his family and all who were with them to, “… purify yourselves and change your clothes.” As much fun as a new outfit is, the emphasis here is really on purifying their hearts. They got rid of all their idols and returned to God.

Girlfriends, are you at a place in your life where you need to put on a “new outfit” for your Lord? It is so much more refreshing to have a change of heart than to put on the most exquisite clothing you can imagine.  Because we are all susceptible to sin, we must constantly look in the full length mirror and examine what we are “wearing”. My favorite Scripture was written by King David when he desperately needed to purify his heart. He said, “Create in me a pure heart, O God …”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would put on “cute new outfits” by praying the words of the psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

… purify yourselves and change your clothes. ~ Genesis 35:2 NIV 

Create in me a pure heart, O God … ~ Psalm 51:10 NIV

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:7-10 NIV
 
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. ~ 1 John 1:8-10 NIV
 
“Therefore come out from them and be separate,  says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. ~2 Corinthians 6:17-18,7:1 NIV

Forgive Me, But …

Jan 23

by Victoria Robinson

Do you long to have the redemptive forgiveness of your heavenly Father? If He is your Father, which can only come from accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have eternal forgiveness. Your reservation in heaven has been written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you have been given the greatest forgiveness that exist. Yet there is still the need to seek His forgiveness on a daily basis. Jesus showed us this truth when He prayed, “Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.”

The key to forgiveness is not to insert a “but” into our request. In the book of Jeremiah we see an example of those asking for forgiveness that came with a “but”. Their, “but” was they had no intention of discontinuing their sinful ways. A clear understanding of repentance came from the psalmist who knew his prayer for forgiveness was heard because he understood the importance of not cherishing sin in his heart.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would seek forgiveness with a pure heart that does not cherish sin.

So I, the Lord, refused to let the spring rains fall. But just like a prostitute, you still have no shame for what you have done. You call me your father or your long-lost friend; you beg me to stop being angry, but you won’t stop sinning. ~ Jeremiah 3:3-5 CEV
 
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  … Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. ~ Revelation 21:1-2,27 NIV
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. … Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ~ Matthew 6:9,11-13 NLT
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! ~ Psalm 66:18-20 NIV
  • Afterthoughts …

If you have not received eternal forgiveness, please click here:  Heaven

My friends, the message is that Jesus can forgive your sins! The Law of Moses could not set you free from all your sins. But everyone who has faith in Jesus is set free. ~ Acts 13:38-39 CEV

You Are Close to His Heart

Nov 26

by Victoria Robinson

Oh what a wonderful thought to think that you are close to your heavenly Father’s heart. He actually carries you close to His heart. Girlfriends, how beautiful and comforting! He is and will eternally tend to you like a shepherd caring for his flock.

Jesus once encountered a woman who was in the midst of incredible grief. Not only was she widowed, she just lost her only son. Jesus came upon the funeral and His heart went out to her. He told her not to cry and then went up and touched the coffin. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” Then the dead man sat up and began to talk.  Jesus gave him back to his mother. Girlfriends, what a beautiful story of how we are close to our heavenly Father’s heart.

The psalmist tells us the saints of Israel are close to God’s heart. You do not have to be a saint in Israel to be close to God’s heart. If you are a child of God then you are God’s spiritual Israel.

Dearest girlfriends, let us draw close to our heavenly Father with a pure heart and enjoy the privilege of being close to His heart.

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. ~ Isaiah 40:11 NIV
 
As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. ~ Luke 7:12-14 NIV
 
He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. ~ Psalm 148:14 NIV
 
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. … ~ James 4:8 NLT