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1/7/15 - Keep your hands clean and your heart pure

Published: Wednesday, 07 January 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?  The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.  Psalm 24:3-4

I equate the first two questions of the above Bible passage to a Believer’s growth in Christ.  God does not wish for anyone to perish; i.e., experience eternal death or eternal separation from God.  At the same time, He is strongly adamant that those who become Believers should make it their life purpose to change their behavior to be more Christ-like.  As a Believer, I like the idea of ascending to God and standing in His holy place.  Eastern religions have a similar idea with the exception that you may only find a wise man at the top of the mountain.  In the case of a Believer, you will find God as you actively seek Him.

The next sentence of the above Bible passage tells you how to seek God and find Him.  It says that the seeker must have clean hands.  Of course, all of us wash our hands several times per day (especially during flu season.)  But this reference to “clean hands” must be a reference to something spiritual.  What do you allow your hands to do that will result in sin?  You may use a remote to get to certain ungodly TV programs.  There are too many younger Christians who feel they must watch the same sitcoms as their Christ-less friends.  These sitcoms espouse only garbage that clutters the mind and neglect your life purpose.  Your hands can pick up the wrong kind of book or magazine.  God desires you to worship Him with raised hands signifying a need for Him.  Don’t let it be dirty hands.

What follows the misuse of your hands is an impure heart.  Whatever you have been reading or watching can easily become a set of chemical reactions in your brain that will be repeated in your mind.  This chemical program of some ungodly event can haunt your memory for years.  It is impossible to keep your heart pure.  Reading the Bible, being in a Christian environment with other Believers, and experiencing a quiet time with God will help you guard your mind and heart.

Finally, the easiest way to fail to seek God is to have other things in your life that you consider more important.  We usually don’t call them idols, but that’s what they are.  God is a jealous God and desires for you to put Him first in your life at all times and all the time.  Seek God with clean hands and a pure heart, and you will be living an abundant life amidst a sinful world.

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