Small Powder

August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

“…both that altar and the high place he brake down,
and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder…”
– II Kings 23:15 –

This passage of Scripture is referring to a King of Judah named Josiah.  He was only eight years old when he began to reign but Josiah is one of the very few righteous Kings that ruled over Judah prior to captivity.

A study of King Josiah is a worthy study.  Only a small child when the Kingdom was bestowed upon him and having a wicked grandfather (Manasseh) and a righteous great-grandfather (Hezekiah), our governments today could take a great lesson from him.

We read in the Scripture that once the Truth was revealed to Josiah, he set out to purify the Kingdom and remove all the altars and worship centers set up to Baal. The poetic words used to describe the extent of the removal of these altars is quite symbolic – Josiah ‘…stamped it to small powder’.

What was his motivation?  He was but a child!  How could he have been so wise to do these things? The answer is simple. Josiah heard the truth and he reacted to it appropriately, cleansing the land of idols to false gods.

Isaiah 11:6 tells us  that ‘a little child shall lead them‘ and in the case of King Josiah, this is certainly true.  As we pursue purity we realize it is a daily walk, a daily fellowship, a daily conversation with God where He prompts us to pray inquisitive prayers. Ask God to open your eyes to see anything that prevents you from a closer walk with Him.

Do you have altars in our lives that need to be ‘...stamped to small powder‘? Has the Holy Spirit revealed to you areas you need to ‘cleanse’ in your life? If so, allow God to ‘stamp it small to powder.‘

Who Are the Pure in Heart?

August 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

In the Bible the heart stands for the seat, source, reservoir and instigator of our thoughts, attitudes, desires, character and motivation. It is synonymous with our modern use of “mind,” since the mind is where we hold knowledge, attitudes, motivations, affections, desires, likes and dislikes.

God describes the pure in heart in the following verses. Read and think on these verses and find the freedom pursuing purity brings to your life.

– those that see God often (Matthew 5:8)
– those that think on pure things (Philippians 4:8)
– those that carefully screen their associations (I Timothy 5:22)
– those that follow after righteousness (II Timothy 2:22)
– those that discern purity (Titus 1:15)
– those that draw near to God (Hebrews 10:22)
– those that compelled to love those God loved (James 1:27)
– those that seek wisdom of God (James 3:17)
– those that obey God (I Peter 1:22)
– those that welcome instruction (II Peter 3:1)
– those that continue to examine themselves (I John 3:3)
– those that hate what God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)
– those that care about their witness (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
– Psalm 139:23-24

The Purity of Full Assurance

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”
– Hebrews 10:22 (KJV) –

There are times when we want to draw near to God but are reluctant to do so. We know God is pure and He is holy.  During our pursuit of purity, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us areas in our lives that are neither pure nor holy.  We feel estranged from God and helpless to find our way back.

We consider the thoughts of our minds and the intent of our hearts and find wickedness. There is no purity or holiness there. It is then we hear the lies of the enemy and begin despair.

Now we must decide which path to take. Do we believe the lies of the enemy that can only result in depression and sadness or do we obey the Lover of our souls and run into His arms.

We must remember that we could not know that our hearts and minds are wicked if God did not reveal it to us. If He did not want us to see it, we would not know it.

The Holy Spirit is our Comforter.  A faithful friend would tell you of a behavior in your life that needs to be confronted. The Holy Spirit, who is far more than a faithful friend, does this as well. It is not to condemn us, but to set us free.  We cannot conquer a thing until we confront it. And, we are not left to confront it in our own power.

We are encouraged that through Jesus, we can ‘draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.’

We cannot cleanse our own hearts nor wash our bodies with pure water, but God can and God will if we run to Him in full assurance that He is able.

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