Day 207: July 26, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 5:8
The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. Being pure ‘in heart’ is the emphasis here, not someone who is impure from some kind of ceremonial defilement common in Jesus’ day and culture. God is looking for an inward purity. How would you describe someone who is “pure in heart”?
  2. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Eph. 2:8-9). Nevertheless, our vision of God can be clouded when our hearts become impure. How have you seen sin cloud your vision of God? What impurities do you need to confess right now?
  3. We need God’s help to have hearts that are pure. This does not come through self-righteousness or self-effort. Ask God to give you a pure heart and to help you ‘see’ Him more clearly and experience Him more fully.
  4. List all the blessings of having a heart that is pure and a life that reflects purity.
  5. Meditate on these passages that speak about the “pure in heart.” What do we learn about being pure in heart from these verses?
    • Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)
    • Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)
    • By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:22)

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.