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Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Revelation 21:27: And there shall in no wise enter into it (Heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb*s book of life.

Can a person with a deceitful and wicked heart get into Heaven? The obvious answer: No. So how do we who have wicked and deceitful hearts get pure hearts? We must receive Jesus into our hearts.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

A heart occupied by Jesus and purified by God will impact life of the possessor of that heart. He will have clean hands. He will begin to do good works.

Psalms 24:3: Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

The possessor of a pure heart will flee youthful lusts, follow righteousness, etc.

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.

The possessor of a pure heart will obey the truth and love other believers enabled by the Holy Spirit.

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:

Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love,

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Read also Matthew 5:1-16.

This is an excerpt from Dr. Robert A. Cook*s book, Today With The King. You can subscribe to his daily devotional readings and listen to his 15-minute radio broadcast at the website by clicking on this link or copying and pasting it into your address bar: www.walkwiththeking.org.

Our Lord Jesus never minced words. When speaking about defilement and its cause, He said, *Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this devileth a man* (Matt. 15:11). When the puzzled disciples asked for an explanation, He said, *Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man* (15:18). So, to have a defiled heart in the scriptural sense means that the motives produced by our old sinful natures are evil and result in sinful actions. Therefore, to have a pure heart must involve the same area of motivation. Down deep in our hearts we must really want God*s will.

The miracle of salvation is that God does indeed give *a new heart* to those who commit themselves to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior: *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: that they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them* (Ezek. 11:19-20). Small thought here. Alone, you will never be able to manage your heart, that is, your deepest desires and motives. Give your heart to Jesus and let it be *God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure* (Phil. 2:13).

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