A Clean Heart
Revelation 21:27: And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb*s book of life.
Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
If anyone is to enter Heaven and see God, he must have a pure heart. Do you have one? If you think that you have a clean heart but God Himself has not made it clean, you are deceiving yourself. Apart from God*s miraculous work on our hearts, none of us have a clean heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:20: For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
We cannot clean up our own hearts. We must know that only God can do that.
Proverbs 20:9: Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Job 14:4: Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
God gave King David the wisdom to know that he needed God to do a work on his heart and he asked for it.
Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The Bible often expresses the truth that men need the work of God on their hearts and promises that He will do it.
Ezekiel 11:19: And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Ezekiel 36:26: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Peter understood that both Jews and Gentiles needed the work of God upon their hearts and that it wasn*t just a future promise. God had already done His work on the hearts of the saved Jews and Gentiles.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (the Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (the Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
When I received Jesus into my heart some three decades ago, I understood that I needed Him to do a work on my heart and I asked Him to do it. If you have faith in a Jesus that has not changed your heart, you do not have faith in the Jesus of the Bible. And when the Bible speaks of our heart, it is not referring to that muscle in our chest pumping blood around our body. It is the real me and the real you. It is the spiritual part of us that will exist forever, either in a glorified body with Christ or a tormented body in the Lake of Fire. Christ living in our hearts WILL make differences in our lives.
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
1 Timothy 1:5: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
2 Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Peter 1:22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.