|A Pure Heart
Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
|Chaplain Russell C. Lambert
I Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
So many people in the world today are looking for so much. They are looking for fulfillment in ancient mystery religions; trying to find their latent godhood in New Age philosophies, or a Gnostic state of altered consciousness, and they equate these with a pure heart and a clear mind. But other than salvation, what is it that God wants us to have? You see as the redeemed, born again, blood bought saints of Christ we have far more than an altered state of consciousness, we have an altered state of being; the state of being produced by grace, faith and repentance.
We have the type of faith that produces charity, love in action. Charity that can only come from a pure heart, a holy heart, a changed heart, one that is no longer stony, hard and cold, one that is now righteous and pure by the grace of God. The outworking of this changed heart produces a good conscience, one that does the right thing and a renewed mind that is not corrupt, or seared with a hot iron. Our now pure hearts not only manifest charity, but along with it a faith that is not hypocritical. A faith that truly believes in the hope we have in our Lord Jesus. It is the hope of salvation, the hope of the resurrection, the hope of our own transfiguration, to have a body like unto His glorious body, and to see Him as He is in all His glory, splendor and majesty in the Eternal Kingdom.
So be not deceived by the vain jangling of false teachers, false prophets, and false Christs. Instead keep your hearts pure in the one true faith, the one true hope, the one true Savior, Jesus our Lord.
Chaplain Lambert is available for Church Consulting and Coaching, Church Growth Seminars, Evangelistic Outreach, and Christian Concerts.
Chaplain Russell C. Lambert is the President of Life Passage Ministries, a church consulting and church health non-profit organization, an ordained Baptist Minister, a licensed Non-Denominational Chaplain and certified Police Chaplain. His ministry over the years has included virtually every facet, with highlights of five Pastorates, a Church Planter, Police Chaplain, Community Chaplain, and Worship Leader, serving in Arizona, Oregon and Washington state. He is considered a well-rounded vocalist, having performed in the professional arena for three years. He has also served 15 years in Corrections and Law Enforcement, from Officer through Lieutenant with stints as a Tactical Support Unit member, Academy Instructor, and Police Firearms Instructor. He participates in many areas of community involvement.