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What it Takes to See God: Do You Have Heart Dis-ease? (6 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
February 19, 2012
TEXT: Matthew 5:1-8
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.
Heart disease includes a number of conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart.
Heart disease not only diminishes the length of your life; it diminishes the quality of your life as well.
Our goal should be to have a healthy, or pure, heart.
As I said last week, if you were told you had heart disease, hopefully, you would take measures to address it.
Sadly, in the spiritual realm, heart dis-ease is probably the leading stealer of the of the abundant life that Jesus so promised and is the reason more people don't have a healthy and vibrant view of, and relationship with, God.
I would hate to think that if you were shown that you had spiritual heart disease this morning you would ignore it and go on living as you have been, not enjoying the life that God intended for you.
Today, we look at this sixth beatitude, we see Jesus referring to the heart when he says,
"Blessed are the pure in heart…"
Let's make sure we know what Jesus means by "heart", because He is referring to more than the organ in our body that pumps blood to the rest of the body.
In scripture, the "heart" was the center of the personality.
It was, and is, the essence of a person: mind, emotion, will.
Ever heard the phrase, "Your heart's not in it?"
What does that mean?
You are going through all the motions and mechanics of whatever task or hobby in which you're involved, but there is no passion for it.
Your physical "heart" is involved; but your soul is not involved.
So, wherever you see the word "heart" in your bible, know that it is addressing the real "soul" of a person; not just their physical heart or mere emotions.
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
Someone who ...
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