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The Christian Pathway (7 of 9)
Get Close to the Fire and Be Pure as Fresh Fallen Snow
Gerald D. Branch
We don't get a lot of snow down here in the Houston area, and most of us say, 'Thank Goodness!' Actually snow is sort of pretty, and not all that bad so long as you can stay in your nice warm home...it only gets bad when you have to get out in it and walk or drive in it a lot.
While in Michigan, we saw a lot of it. Everyone seemed to look forward to the first snowfall of the year. And for some reason or another, when it first came down, it was always so fresh and clean. That is, it looked fresh and pure if it started late at night, or it fell on a weekend evening. That's because there was little or no traffic to pollute the snow. So, we'd all wake up and when we looked outside, we'd see the ground covered under a deep blanket of pure, white, snow.
The passage we're going to look at today from God's Word talks about this thing called 'purity.' Since "Pure" means to be literally, "unmixed with any other substance" (Britannica Dictionary); in other words, 'free from any contaminants'...perfectly clean...maybe this is why many of the cleaning product commercials use the brightness of white to demonstrate how their products take out the most stubborn of stains.
People need a cleansing agent also, but not just one that removes surface dirt...
That's why God used the Genuine purifying agent, because it is the only PERFECT cleansing agent that can take the stains of sin out of our lives, I'm talking about the stains of sin in our lives...And God does this not by scrubbing us with Lye soap or with a Brillo Pad...but He does this through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ...that's how God makes our hearts 'pure'...through the cleansing power of the Blood.
Matthew 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. "
Let's look and see what this passage tells us and how it fits in with the rest of the Sermon on the ...
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