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Sea of GalileeBlessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

Waves spilled into the boat and tossed it like a bobber on a fishing line.

A ghost walking towards the boat!

Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.

Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.

Come.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Matthew 14:23-30

Peter got out of the boat and walked toward Jesus. His will? Walk toward Jesus. His eyes fixed on Jesus, he walked on the Sea of Galilee towards His Messiah.

But he turned his eyes onto the storm, and his will changed. His will became,  “survive the storm.”

Peter knew that if Jesus told him to step out of the boat, he would be able to walk to Jesus even though there was a storm and only water was under his feet. So Peter stepped out of what men had built to keep him afloat onto the water. Impossible.

Peter walked with purity of heart. Soren Kierkegaard wrote that purity of heart is “to will one thing.”

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3

In Biblical times, the heart was viewed as the throne of the spirit.

And He [Jesus] said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37

One will.

We live in a busy world that requires much of us. There is the family, the career, the church, the friends, the neighbors, the school, the community, the nation, the world. How do we love God with ALL our heart, soul, and mind … one focus, one will?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

God is holy, and anyone who approaches God must be pure in heart. In myself, I’m not pure in heart. I’ve sinned. I’ve not kept God’s commandments, God’s Law.

The Bible tells us that the price of sin is death, Romans 6:23 and that there is no one who does not sin. This death is a physical death and a spiritual death that eternally separates us from God and all that is good and pure, an eternity of darkness and misery that we could never imagine.

Yet, God loved you and me so much that He sent His Son into the world, so that all who would believe in His Son would not suffer this consequence.

Jesus entered the world as a baby, born in poverty and humility. He grew up in a family with brothers and sisters. He learned his earthly father’s trade, carpentry.

In God’s timing, Jesus began His ministry. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead, walked on water, calmed the sea, performed other miracles, and taught the multitudes.

The world rejected Jesus. My sin, your sin beat Jesus so badly, that He was unrecognizable as a man. My sin, your sin nailed the Son of God to the cross. Jesus took my sin, your sin upon Himself. Jesus paid the price of your sin, my sin, and the sin of the entire world … past, present, and future.

Three days after He died, Jesus rose from the dead. He showed Himself to His disciples and many others. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God, speaking on your behalf, my behalf, and on the behalf of all who believe in Him.

Jesus is the Way to a pure heart … the only Way … and He offers this Way to you and me … His free gift … His everlasting gift. All you and I have to do is accept the gift, trust Him, and let Him begin His good work in you.

Like the Psalmist, tell Jesus,

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4

My prayer

Jesus, I have sinned. Thank You that You loved me so much that You became a man, that You paid the price for my sin, that You died on the cross, and that You rose from the dead to advocate for me in heaven. I want to follow You. I want You to be my Savior. Please forgive me of my sins. Make my heart pure. I want to live my life for You. I want to see You. I want to behold You and live with You forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, please let me know in the comment section, and I will pray for you and your new walk with Jesus.

May the Lord richly bless you and keep you.

Inherit the earth … Jesus loves you

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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Church; a big, well-worn Bible; fishing; watermelon and rhubarb pie; many conversations about Jesus. These are some of my memories of my Momo and Popo. They laughed; they loved; they prayed; they served; they worshipped. They helped plant a church in a poor section of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Momo and Popo didn’t have much, but what they had they gave to others. Popo would spend all day fishing and return that night with a load of croppie. He cleaned them for the next hour or two and then packaged them to give to friends, family, neighbors, and church members.

Momo and Popo were not focused on their gain, but rather on the welfare of others. They were controlled by the Holy Spirit and trusted in God to control their lives.

It is the distinguishing character of the people of God that they are the meek ones of the earth; this is their badge; it is their livery. They are modest, and humble, and low in their own eyes; they are mild, and gentle, and yielding to others, not soon angry, not very angry, not long angry; they are the quiet in the land, Ps. 35:20. And they are subject and submissive to their God, to all his precepts and all his providences. Actuated by this principle and disposition, they have wrought his judgments, that is, have obeyed his laws, observed his institutions, have made conscience of their duty to him, and have laid out themselves for the advancement of his honour and interest in the world.

Moses was meek

Miriam and Aaron, sister and brother of Moses, spoke against Moses because he had married an Ethiopian woman. The Bible says that Moses was “very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3

Moses did not defend himself. God defended Moses and struck Miriam with leprosy. Moses humbly let God defend him, and then he prayed for Miriam to be healed … Moses was meek, and he was strong. He led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert following the commands of God.

Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee. Numbers 12:13

Jesus was meek

“SAY TO THE DAUGHTER OF ZION,
‘BEHOLD YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU,
GENTLE, [humble, meek] AND MOUNTED ON A DONKEY,
EVEN ON A COLT, THE FOAL OF A BEAST OF BURDEN.’” Matthew 21:5

King Jesus entered Jerusalem not on a stallion declaring victory, but on a donkey in peace and humility. Jesus was strong. That same day, He entered the temple, “drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.” Matthew 12:12

Jesus’ destination was the cross where He would take on the sins of the world – past, present, and future.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7

Like Moses, Jesus did not defend Himself.

Jesus loves you

Jesus chose to allow Himself to be nailed to the cross by sinful men. Jesus chose to hang on that cross and take on the sin of the world … your sins, my sins, paying the price for sin forever. Jesus gave up His spirit on the cross and died. But the third day, He rose from the dead, declaring victory over sin and death. He purchased our salvation, so that we could live with Him forever.

Jesus is gentle, humble, meek, and He loves you and me.

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. Psalm 149:4

Are you beautified with salvation?

This week, ask God to show you meekness in His Word. Ask Him to show you meekness in your life. Then, share what God has taught you below this post.

My prayer

Father, You are so gracious. Teach us what it means to be meek. Guide us into meekness. Thank You for Jesus and His redeeming love. Bring us closer to You. We love You, Lord!

Possess comfort

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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

“Years and years of pain, Lord. What must I learn? What do You have for me to do? I thought You had a different plan for me. I thought I was going to make a difference in the world for You. What can I do in this bed of pain?”

Before the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I mourned. I mourned over the loss of my health. I mourned that I was dependent on others to help me. I mourned that I did not have enough faith to be healed. I mourned that my sin may have caused my sickness. I mourned that I couldn’t help others who were sick. I mourned that I was not doing great things for God. I saw myself as weak and not able to accomplish anything.

I … I … I … I!

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Possess heaven

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Ever step back and question what an instructor is saying?
Ever question God’s outrageous promises?

He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:2-3

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