Summary: As we learn to honor God through purity, our ability to see Him will increase. The Reality, Reception, and Reward of a Pure Heart.

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Living in the Father’s Favor: Clean on the Inside

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Intro: The machine that usually did the job was broken. And so they hired a man to paint lines on a newly resurfaced portion of a remote highway. The first day he painted 9 miles, and the supervisor, impressed by such an effort, told him he would hire him full time and give him a big raise if he kept up that pace for the next few days. But the next day he was able to paint only 5 miles. On the following day he did only one mile, then the next day a half a mile. The supervisor fired him but asked what had happened. "It isn’t my fault," the man muttered as he walked away shaking his head, "I just kept getting further and further away from the can."

-We’re talking about being pure in heart today. As we strive to be pure in heart before God, we need to remember that He is our source and that He will go with us everywhere we need to go. The supply of our purity can only be maintained by a living relationship with Jesus. Whenever we allow distance between ourselves and the Lord, we lose the ability to remain pure, and we might find ourselves shaking our heads and muttering how it isn’t our fault that we are so miserable.

-Just to show how we might get it right in some areas, but fall apart in others, Chuck Swindoll in "Growing Deep in the Christian Life," writes about a man who bought fried chicken dinners for himself and his date one afternoon. The attendant at the fast food outlet, however, unintentionally gave him the proceeds from the day’s business - a bag of money (much of it cash) instead of fried chicken.

-"After driving to their picnic site," Swindoll writes, "the two of them sat down to enjoy some chicken. They discovered a whole lot more than chicken - over $800! Now many people would have kept the money, and bought themselves a lunch much nicer than KFC!

-But this man did something unusual. He quickly put the money back into the sack, got into his car and drove all the way back to KFC. Mr. Clean got out, walked in, and became an instant hero.

-"By then, the manager was frantic. The guy with the bag of money looked the manager in the eye and said, ’I want you to know I came by to get a couple of chicken dinners and wound up with all this money here.’

-"Well, the manager was thrilled to death. He said, ’Let me call the newspaper. I’m gonna have your picture put in the local newspaper. You’re one of the most honest men I’ve ever heard of.’

-"To which the man quickly responded, ’Oh, no. No, no - don’t do that!’ Then he leaned closer and whispered, ’You see, the woman I’m with is not my wife.’”

-Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. The main truth today is this:

Prop: As we learn to honor God through purity, our ability to see Him will increase.

Interrogative: What does it mean to be pure in heart and how do we get there?

TS: Let’s look at some of the basics of a pure heart so we can find out what Jesus meant when He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

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