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How Would You Like to See God?

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In Matthew 5:8, in His teaching, Jesus says this:  “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”.
One thing that we must understand – if we are to see God – is what it means to be pure in heart.  We also need to consider what it means by these words – to “see God” (and what “seeing God” doesn’t mean).
Let’s tackle the second part first, and then we will look at the first.
Seeing/not seeing God:
Moses was not allowed to see God’s face in the physical; the Bible teaches that anyone that sees God in the physical will promptly die. So, we can conclude that the scriptures are not speaking of seeing God in the physical, but rather with spiritual eyes.
In Hebrews 12:14, there is another reference made to seeing God.  Here we read “follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”. The word ‘see’ here -in the Greek- means “to gaze, stare as at something remarkable, discern clearly, attend too, experience “.  This is seeing God in the spiritual – through the vehicle of worship.
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
If you are like me, in the past when I would read a verse like this (Hebrews 12:14), I would feel a sense of discouragement.  The reason is because when I would read of ‘holiness’, this word had an effect on me that I was ‘ on the outside’ – like I wasn’t in the club. – the spiritual club, because of my flesh nature.  Because of my human frailty, I never saw myself as ‘holy’. 
It has served me very well, in situations such as this one, to dig deeper into the meanings of these types of words in Scripture.  In this particular instance, my studying led me to being freed from a misunderstanding. Let me explain: the word ‘holy’ here has the meaning simply of having purity.  So, is it possible for you and I to have purity, even though we have human shortcomings and failings?  Yes, this is possible, so now I no longer feel as though I don’t measure up to what was once an unreachable standard or goal.  Let me give you an example:  I can work to grow my purity by following Jesus’s command to not look at the opposite sex to lust for them.  In this way, I can succeed in more purity in my life.
Before closing this writing, I want to bring in one more element – understanding and implementing scripture in my life in a very practical way.  And I also want to remark on the inestimable value of scripture in our lives.
Inspirational Scripture
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The word holiness is also found in 2nd Corinthians 7:1. I want to bring this to your attention, because we are told in this scripture how we can perfect holiness in our lives. We are told here “…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting Holiness in the fear of God”. 
To ‘perfect’ means to fulfill or complete- (this word is very similar to the word used in Matthew 5:48 {two times}. This word perfect (now we are looking at this word in 2 Cor 7) also means to complete, to bring to full age or maturity).  And we can see here that if we will fear God, and not fear man, that this courageous act will work in our lives to help us to bring the purity in our lives to perfection.
So can you see how a good scripture study can show us how to be free from words/ideas in scripture that seem daunting or unachievable?  Notice the connections between these three scriptures. The connections we see focus on:
**seeing God, 
**how to see God, 
**how that being holy (pure) is achievable,  and
 **being perfect (mature)is obtainable.
When we properly see their actual meaning, (and not what we understand when we read scripture only on a surface level), we will/can achieve the “God” Balance in our lives that He intends for us.
So, now, in Jesus’s Name, receive the blessing of God to walk in His Freedom – with a better understanding of His expectation of our lives!

Charlie, a former worship leader, (who was an active praise and worship leader after traveling with the christian rock band WISDOM), now blogs and shares from his experience as well as providing tutorials on worship songs (YouTube channel Chord Confidence). He is passionate about worship, the epitome of all prayer forms, because of how broadly and richly it can impact the life of the believer. His new worship course Worship: TheTip of the Spear of Prayer, includes the very unique worship concept Ascribe Worship, the next level of worship; it is the worship of God in His many Attributes (over 400 listed), by memory.   Go to your next level of worship with Ascribe Worship!

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    1. the chief musician

      Thank you Cammy; I pray that we all come to grow our stature spiritually to reflect the Beauty of Jesus. All the best to you and yours! Charlie

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