I love to eat and I love to look through recipes; new and old. It can even be my passion at times. I was looking at a recipe that the Food Network had sent to me via email yesterday. In the ingredients, it called for a 1/4 c of Clarified Butter (or purified butter). Being “The Word Detective” that I am, I began searched out the terms, “CLARIFIED” and “PURIFIED”. My findings; a condensed explanation of the cooking terms. “Melt the butter in a clean bowl, over the top of a pan with simmering water, until the butter melts. Wait until the butter solids or impurities sink to the bottom of the bowl and remove. This is the PURE or CLARIFIED butter. Be careful that the impurities do not contaminate the results”. That is a very brief description of the meaning, “to clarify or purify” butter.
What does butter have to do with our discussion today, “PURITY—The Gateway to the Flow of THE BLESSING”? Can a PURE HEART or not an UN-PURE HEART, affect your withdrawal from The Blessing? Lets look at some definitions, according to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary. Then I will proceed with my detective work of God’s Word; how the Holy Spirit can be our helper in understanding in “the Flow of The Blessing”.
PURITY—“hagnos” [from the Greek lexicon], “pure from defilement, not contaminated”.
HEART— “kardia” [from the Greek lexicon], (a) “the seat of physical life, (b) “the seat of moral nature and spiritual life, the seat of grief; our desires; our affections; our perceptions; our thought life; the understanding; the reasoning powers; our imaginations; conscience; our intentions; our purposes.”
Vine’s gives scripture verses for who we are; in the inner man or the HEART. I will look at some verses more closely, in determining how a PURE HEART an UN-PURE HEART can affect the withdrawal of The Blessing.
We already have learned in my previous BLOGS that God has already given us “The Blessing”; we are blessed. (Ephesians 1:3) We also came up with the proper definition of “The Blessing”: “It is the empowerment or force from God that will grant you success in everything”. We have learned and know that if we as believers, live by faith, we are [the true] sons of Abraham. (Galatians 1:7-8) We should also understand and know the promises that come in the Galatians 3.
Verse 13 says, “Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the CURSE (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a CURSE for us, for it is written [in Scriptures], CURSED is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified).”
Verse 14 continues, “To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, THE BLESSING [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.”
Christ has redeemed us from the CURSE. Nobody can reverse THE BLESSING received. The Blessing is GREATER than the CURSE. You can only be free of the CURSE; the Law of sin and death, by receiving what has already been deposited in our names through what Jesus has done for us. (Romans 8:2-3; “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” or “the law of sin and death”). Is there a responsibility we must take hold of after we have been redeemed? If that is your question, it is a good one. We need a foundation to start building on; so we can make a withdrawal from The Blessing. What has already been deposited in our account.
2 Timothy 2:19 “But the firm FOUNDATION of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord GIVE UP ALL INIQUITY and stand aloof from it.”
And in Verse 21 goes on to say, “So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with CONTAMINATING and CORRUPTING influences] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.”
If we build on this FIRM FOUNDATION, our withdrawals from The Blessing can’t be blocked. That’s not what I said but what God’s Word says. The verses say we must “purge” ourselves and “depart” before we are” fit and ready for any good work”. That’s the GLORY!
Lets look next at the “blessing flow” which comes from a PURE HEART. Turn to the Book of Psalms 24:3-5.
Verse 3, “Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?”
Verse 4, “He who has clean hands and a PURE HEART, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.”
Verse 5, “He shall receive BLESSING from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
From a PURE HEART the BLESSING FLOWS. Free from anything that impairs, contaminates or is not genuine. A heart that becomes like “clarified or purified butter”. Go now to Matthew 5, verse 8,
“BLESSED (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward condition} are the PURE IN HEART, for they shall see God.” Amplified translation.
That is what a PURE HEART produces. In our thought life, our emotions, our will, our intentions, our understanding; the issues of life that come from our inner man. A Heart that is sincere with the right motives; a heart that wants to please God! A PURE HEART is the third way to withdraw the BLESSING. And if you are dealing with the condition of an UN-PURE HEART, the condition is blocking the BLESSING FLOW.
Tomorrow we are going to continue the detective work into, “PURITY— The Gateway to the Flow of the Blessing”. I am going to call it “The God of the Turn Around”. Start looking in The Book of Psalms 51:6-10, at the renewing of the heart. Have you ever heard the expression, “That melts my heart”? Will your heart be “clarified” and “purified” like butter?