“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 NKJV
Over one year ago, I received a Spirit-led word from Ashley Stovall that I was moving from “coal to a diamond”, and I see that coming to pass now. Unexpectedly, coal and diamonds have a lot in common, yet with some differences that really set them apart. Both coal and diamonds have the element carbon in their structural makeup, both are found underground, and both require pressure to be formed. However, not only are diamonds formed at deeper levels underground, it also requires extremely higher temperature and pressure to be created. You will not find a surface level diamond that has not experienced fiery temperatures or being hard pressed on every side. Beyond that, diamonds are a much more pure compound, which is why it sparkles and shines with brilliance and beauty. Similarly, as God takes us deeper, with more pressure and heat in our lives, He purifies us and we shine the light of Christ more than ever before.
My word for 2021 is “pure”, with Matthew 5:8 as my focal scripture. Pure by definition means “something that is not mixed with anything else”. There is a separation that takes place when something is purified, a removal of anything that is unlike the desired substance. Walking through the process of purification with Jesus requires the examination of your life on a deeper level, exposing, confessing and repenting from anything that is unlike Him, and allowing Jesus to extract and replace the impurities with His Truth. This is indicative of the Refiner’s fire, and I have found that the deeper you go, the purer you’ll grow.
The Refiner’s fire requires faith and daily obedience to the Lord. The process of purification is painful, but the Lord is with you every step of the way. Jesus, who lived a perfectly sinless life, experienced this like nothing else when He took all the sins of the world (yes, yours and mine too) upon Him as he was crushed and crucified on the cross. The suffering Jesus experienced through immense torture that led to death trumps any painful thing we could ever walk through. Jesus knows what it means to suffer; He sees you and truly understands your pain.
I am so thankful that we serve a God who loves me and you so much and desires for us to be healed and whole sons and daughters of God. In reference to Matthew 5:8, when we allow God to purify and heal our hearts of sin, trauma and lies, we become blessed to see and know him with greater clarity as we reflect Him more. We can be assured that when we put to death our impurities that we will then be resurrected with Christ, experiencing abundant, everlasting life.
What parts of your heart are you not allowing God to purify, heal and restore?
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 139:23,24 “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.”
Written By: Valerie Hutzell