Climbing the Mountain Part 6: Purity of Attitude Sends Us to a Great Altitude

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

“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.”~Psalms 24:3-4On 8th January, unpredictable weather patterns, unseasonal temperatures and gale force winds didn’t stop Matt Helliker (pictured) and Nick Bullock - who managed to climb what is possibly a hard new mixed line on the Tour Ronde West Wall, Helliker’s second new route on this face. Photo: Nick Bullock

Our next piece of equipment to help get us up the mountain or the be attitude, is having a pure heart, or purity.  One of the most important things you need when climbing a mountain is the right clothing to keep you warm, yet mobile enough to keep moving up to the summit.  Purity’s favor is we see God when we have a pure heart.  I’m not saying we physically see God, but we see God’s work in our lives and the lives of those around us.  It’s discernment of what is going on in our world.  Therefore, when you are physically healthy and dressed appropriately for climbing the mountain, your situational awareness is sharper and your focus cannot be diverted.  To get our spirit man in line with our soul and our body we have to adopt some pure things to our lives.  The first seven chapters of I Samuel tells the story of the second to last judge of Israel and the beginning of the career of the last judge of Israel.  Eli the second to last judge is a perfect example of impurity out of control.  He had two sons that were putting extra burdens on Israel to get free food during a godly sacred ritual.  God allowed this scandal to go on for several years until Samuel was the right age to take over as judge over Israel.  Hanna’ Samuel’s mother, wanted a child so bad that she prayed to God that if He granted her that request, she would give Samuel for God to use.  She gave her son, when he was old enough, to Eli.  As time went on the day finally came when God allowed Israel to feel His judgment and so the Philistines defeated them and Israel lost the Ark of God.  The impurity that was in their midst caused great loss to Israel that day.  Eli’s sons were killed and when he heard the news of the Ark of God being taken, he died as well.  Samuel told Eli in prophesy that this was all going to take place.  The hope and light for Israel was Samuel.

One of the first things we need to do to work toward purity is limiting impure things into our lives.  I’m not going to list impure things here and get all legalistic, but I will say it’s anything that can distract us from God’s purpose in our lives.  Maybe ask yourself these questions, are the things that you allow in front of you, are they going to help you grow closer to God?  Are the relationships in your life leading you away from God or closer?  Do you live life with a set of godly convictions or are you out of control?  Keep in mind that you are a work in progress, so some of these things may not be right in your life right now, but you know what you have to do to correct them.  As you fill yourself with purity which is God’s word, prayer, spending time with God’s people, serving others, loving unconditionally, your spirit man will grow.  Eli allowed his sons to take advantage of the Israelites and so they were distracted from God’s goodness and found His judgment instead.

After we start moving our spirit man to purity, we need to work on our knowledge, our emotions, and our will.  In other words we need to work on our soul.  What we take into our lives is going to affect our soul.  Knowledge of God will move us toward purity; knowledge of trivia moves us to the trivial.  Eli failed to live by the godly convictions a judge of Israel should live by and so he allowed his sons to desecrate God’s alter every time someone came to give a sacrifice.  Sure, they had knowledge of God, but they lacked the convictions to know they need to fear God as well and keep what He had set up sacred.  The knowledge we store up in us will determine our emotions.  Our emotions will determine what our will is.  Worldly knowledge is good to know, but is trivial in comparison to godly knowledge which is gold.

Starting with our spirit man being developed we set our attitude to get us to a higher altitude.  Next, our soul is the correct clothing we need to wear in order to climb safely up the side of the mountain.  The last part or our trinity is the body.  What you eat and drink in daily living as a climber is as equally important as to what you do when you are not a mountain climber.  How you train your body also will determine if you can make it up to the top.  When you spirit is right, and your thinking is correct, your body needs the proper exercise and nutrition to help you be all that God wants you to be.  As I Corinthians 3:16 says our bodies are a temple to the Spirit of God.  We cannot desecrate God’s temple as Eli’s sons did.  Working to keep our temples healthy is a great way to steer clear from a future of health issues.  I can honestly say this is a serious battle in my own life after losing 242 pounds.  I still battle the old demons that got me to that weight.  It’s all in small beginnings that lead to great victories.

The great victory in this story of Samuel is that the Philistines were unable to keep the Ark of God.  After plagues to five cities over a 7-month period, the Philistines gave back the Ark of God to Israel.  There was peace with Israel for several years while Samuel was the judge.  Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, is true, but not legalistic.  We all are going to struggle with impurities in our lives, we all should have a under construction sign on us.  The encouraging thing is all we have to do is to aim for purity and we will find it, and if we fail along the way, we never lose the Ark of God that is in us and can never be taken from us.  Thanks to Jesus great and awful work on the cross, purity is easier to attain.

© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.

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