Led By A Pure Heart
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.”
One morning while reflecting on the goodness of God and His faithfulness to teach me continually, I asked Him, “how does one make their heart pure before You?”. Instantly, the above scripture entered my heart as I prayed.
How does one build their love for God? By keeping His Word before them. How do you build faith in God? By keeping His Word before you. I love the 119th psalm because it relays the same message over and over. It is the Word of God continually put in our hearts that changes lives.
Jesus said this in John 8:31-32, that by living in and according to His Word, we would find the freedom we need. His Word is always the answer. I love this knowledge because Jesus also gave us another promise, that of the Holy Spirit Who would lead us and teach us all we need to know. However, He also told us that the Holy Spirit will remind us of the Word. Well, what if you don’t have His Word in you? You could have the Holy Spirit but He can’t remind you of anything because it’s not there. Therefore, your leading cannot be effective and you can get easily deceived.
This is such a huge problem in the body of Christ, that people are unbalanced; Not enough Word or not enough Spirit. You may ask, “well how much is enough?”. The answer is easy. Jesus said live in it. How often do you do the other things you live on? Don’t you eat until you are full? Don’t you cover up when you are cold? Don’t you sleep when you are tired? I endeavor to put the Word in me continually, nonstop, all the time. Because of this, when the time comes when I have not been doing it as I should, I start noticing something is off. I start getting hungry again and it’s time to eat.
As a Pastor, I have noticed the problems most people have are almost always a result of not spending enough time in the Word or not praying enough. God in His grace gave us His Word, the Psalmist encourages us by relaying, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” I encourage you, feed on God’s Word. In it are all the answers to everything you could ever need. Don’t just read it. Don’t just memorize it. Feed on it. Chew on it. Go back and think about it over and over again. Get it in you and allow His Spirit to guide you. If you want to be led perfectly, God’s Word is the way He will do it.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”