“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10 NIV
There is a popular song that makes me cry each them I hear it, the song is a plea with God to create in us a clean heart and purify us so that we may worship him. It is a very emotional song with strong backing in the Psalms. But I think something is wrong with that song if we sing it today.
It would have made sense in the days of David, it may have made sense before the coming of Jesus but now, it’s no longer necessary. It is like saying “Jesus, come and pay the price for my sins so that I will be free”. The prayer in that psalm has been met by God.
Talking about creating in us a pure heart, it has already been fulfilled. Peter addresses this saying
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22 NIV
We have been purified the moment we obeyed the truth. Jesus calls himself “the truth” (John 14:6) and he is the word of God made flesh (John 1:14). How we obey the truth is by accepting Jesus and the finished works of Christ. The Bible makes it clear that anyone who believes has been saved! Our belief and faith in Jesus is our ‘obedience of the truth’. The Bible tells us how we are made pure:
“…by the washing with water through the word” – Ephesians 5:26 NIV
To believe in the son of God is how to obey. The Bible says
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God’s punishment.” – John 3:36 GNB
Look at that again. First, it didn’t say “whosoever obey” but “whosoever believes”. This is because believing in Jesus is how to obey God and receive his salvation. Secondly, we see “whosoever disobeys…” We receive eternal life by believing and when we don’t believe we are disobedient. This is how we receive a clean heart!
Every believer in Christ Jesus has a clean heart, not as a result of what they did right or wrong but because they have received a brand new heart. This was what God said through the Prophets
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” – Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV
God promised man a new heart and a new spirit within. This isn’t our physical heart anyway. Again we see that according to God’s word, it is only by his Spirit that we can obey! Jesus said to his disciples
“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” – John 15:3 NIV
If the words Jesus spoke could make people clean, how much more when are born of that very word? While our mind may need constant renewal, our heart is clean and we are incorruptible in our spirit. The Bible says
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23 NIV
Your heart has been purified and you can sync your mind to be in the same tune by staying in the place of the word of God. The word of God doesn’t purify you further, you are already purified. The word of God brings what God has done into your consciousness. The Bible says:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. In other words, God’s righteousness has been credited to you in Christ! It has nothing to do with your efforts, it has everything to do with what God has done for you in Christ.
The reason many people do not manifest the righteousness of God into a tangible reality is that they simply are not working it out. While the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, many people are not manifesting this love because they have refused to walk in the truth of the word but rather walk according to the dictates of their flesh. It has to be deliberate, our work of righteousness must be deliberate.
The Bible says
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.” – Philippians 2:12-13 NIV
Do you see that? It is not something that happens at reflex, you’ve got to train yourself to walk in righteousness. You are righteous, you are holy and you are perfect! But you’ve got to act it out with no excuses since God has made the ability available in you.
At some point you may fail here and there, you may get angry, bitter and vengeful but you’ll always see yourself drawing back to who you are and restraining yourself from yielding wholesomely to the flesh. The flesh is weak but the spirit will always be willing!
Many believers think that the moment they surrendered to Jesus, they were going to lose every one of their desires. It is not true. Your desires are still there, the temptations are still there, your body may still desire certain things but it is you who decided to put your body under subsection to the Spirit. The transformation of the mind results to change in character and there is only one way this transformation comes. Let’s read:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2 NIV
The only way to live above the dictates of the flesh is to stay in the place of God’s word. God’s word transforms our mind and reveals to us what is God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.
You are pure, go ahead and live pure.