Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2017

Create in me a pure heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
—Psalm 51:10 NIV
Have you ever stopped to think about what it means to be pure? The word pure used in scripture
is “tahor”. It has several meanings: to be pure physically, emotionally, ethically and morally.
However, the definition that really jumps out to me is “unmixed”. Ever thought about purity as
something unmixed or untainted?
Imagine you have a bottle of pure drinking water straight from a spring. It’s cleaner than
water you get out of a tap because there is nothing in it. It’s pure water. Now imagine you
added dirt. Would you want to drink it? Probably not. And I wouldn’t blame you because it’s
no longer pure. The point is that it doesn’t take much to contaminate the whole thing.
That illustration helps put todays Scripture into some context. Create in me an unmixed,
untainted heart, O God. And keep me striving to maintain that purity, Lord.
As Christians, we have been made in the image of God and we are to reflect His image to those
around us. How can we do that if we are unclean? It’s only in being pure that we can be a good
reflection of who God is and what He’s like. At the end of the day, it’s not about seeing me. It’s
about others seeing Him.
I’m not just talking about your thought life. But I mean have you ever really considered all of
the areas of your life in which purity plays an important role?
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul
and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Bible Reading: Psalm 139:23-24
Prayer Focus: Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you on a journey into the heart of God?
Ask Him to show you any areas of your life (spirit – soul/mind—body) that need purification.