Blessed are the hungry (Matt. 5:6, Luke 6:21). We need to be hungry for real food. Just like in the physical, when a person is truly hungry he will not look for sugar or candy, but food with substance, that can fill and sustain the person. Same in the spiritual, real, filling food is not the fast and overwhelming flow of information that surrounds us in this world. Real food is the pure Word of God, the True teaching that Christ brought. Only the Pure Word can satisfy and fill the heart of a person. This is the food that we need to be hungry for, the food that is heavenly. Set your mind on things above! (Colossians 3:2)
“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. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgements, and do them…and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God…Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.” Ezekiel 36:26-30
We’ve all read about the new heart, but today I would like to underscore the SIGNS of a NEW heart. “I will cause you to walk in My statutes…” The Spirit (not the doing of your own soul) will cause you to obey His statutes. So the natural desire to do Truth is one of the signs of a new heart. Also, you will loath yourself in your own sight, in other words, you will have feelings against your old self before you had a new heart, how you used to be. The Israelites were called out of Egypt, out of bondage and oppression, and yet – once they left – most of them wanted to go back. Why is that? This is an image for us today. A person who was taken out of sin, was freed from sin – and then desires to go back? Why does that happen?
“Blessed are the PURE in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Only those with a pure heart shall see God! How do we intend to see God? How many people actually seek to have a pure heart? People seek all kinds of things, but no one seeks a clean heart UNLESS God starts showing you that your heart is not clean. If you begin to see that your heart is not clean and is not pure, that means God is showing you this. Without seeing who you really are, you will never see God! Without becoming needy, you will never seek to fill that need.
Christ said, “If you do not become like children, you cannot be my disciples” (Matthew 18:3). Children receive what they’re taught, what they’re shown, what they hear. They’re not experts, so they’re willing to listen and chew on the word – and not immediately spit it out. How many experts do you know that you can come to and they will receive you in the same way? Christ came to the “experts” in His Word, the Word that spoke of Christ, and they told Him to go away. Knowledge is a terrible thing – if it’s from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Those who love God, everything works out for good, this is the faith that we need to grow in. If you love God, this is assurance that no matter what you are going through – this is for your good! If you look at your life and all the things that happen in your life, all these things Together – lead you to good, which is love and God Himself. Things by themselves don’t have that affect. But if you put them all together, it’s a big plan that we sometimes do not see or understand.
The end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Timothy 1:5) Through Calvary, we have the opportunity to be Alive for God, to Love Him, naturally, not because we have to (by the law), but from within. Just like we naturally loved this world and no one had to teach us to love it, in God the same ability was born to naturally love the Truth and God. No matter what happens through life, Love God, Love His Truth – and everything will be okay! That is the secret “ingredient” in our lives!