Ephesians 4:22-24

That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

“Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.” 1 Kings 8:61

Recap of “A New Heart”

“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. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” Ezekiel 33:26 + 27

A new heart must have:

~ A new principle of life
~ A new light infused
~ A new will, filled with new purposes and resolutions
~ New affections and new desires
~ New delights and joys, as well as new sorrows and troubles

In the New Testament, this transformation is called the “new man”, and the “new creature” Ephesians 4:24.
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.” Jeremiah 24:7

How the Heart Works

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Everyone knows that the heart is a vital organ. We cannot live without our heart. However, when you get right down to it, the heart is just a pump.

Our hearts pump the blood are our bodies.
Similarly, our spiritual hearts pump the things that are in our hearts through our spiritual bodies.

As with all other pumps it can become clogged, break down and need repair. This is why it is critical that we know how the heart works. With a little knowledge about your heart and what is good or bad for it, you can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease.

We know the physical heart but what is the spiritual heart?
The spiritual heart is at the core of our spiritual man. It is what determines how obedient we are, how fast we grow and how we overcome situations. The spiritual heart is SPIRITUAL, let us not think our spiritual man operates off the physical heart.
It does not, the physical heart maintains the physical body and can do nothing more. It is the spiritual heart that enables us to love, feel compassion, feel depressed and happy.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

New Heart & Old Man

The new and the old cannot operate.

New + Old = Waste

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.” Mark 2:21

“No one sews a patch of unshrunken (new) goods on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and the rent (tear) becomes bigger and worse [than it was before]. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the bottles destroyed; but new wine is to be put in new (fresh) wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22 AMP

“Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 18:31

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Let us look at how our old habits can affect our hearts by briefly looking at 3 bible character. They are: David, Solomon, and Judas.

David

David is describe by God as being a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). He was faithful and obedient.

But one day, David looked outside his window (or wherever) and saw a woman. He had many wives and concubines but this one woman. Why? He allowed his old habit of lust to overtake him. And it led him to committing murder.

Solomon

Solomon had wisdom this world never saw before and will never see again. However, something went wrong. A heart that knows the ways of God, is a pure heart. But Solomon opened his heart to the old ways of his people —> idol worship (1 Kings 11). He started by offering gifts to the idols, until it lead him to forsake God and commit to those idols.

Judas

Judas was called by Jesus from his life of sin. He received a new heart.  However, Judas kept the old issues/problems/behaviours with him.

Commentators believe that even though Judas walked with Jesus, he never fully believed He was the Son of God. Eg. While other disciples called Jesus “Master”, Judas called him “Rabbi” (teacher).

Judas kept his old ways of greed and his old way of thinking that the Messiah would come as a rich man. In Luke 22, the bible says that Satan entered Judas and he went to make a deal with the men to betray Jesus.

Please note: Satan cannot enter anyone unless there is a door, an entry way that is left open for him to use.

Having a new heart but maintaining our old ways will give Satan an open door to use.

How can we say “I have a new heart” but at the same time say, “I have unforgiveness in my heart” or “I hate him/her”? Then say “but God is still working on me”…? Ummm. That’s not possible, if you did a heart surgery and the doctor sewed you up and sent you home, how can he still be operating on the same issue??

We welcome old issues in our new hearts when we entertain them. After a successful heart surgery, someone who keeps up the same lifestyle will eventually start having the same problems with the new heart.

When old hate/issues/thoughts rise up in our new heart, we are to say:

  • “No, it can’t work. New heart, new problems.”
  • “I have a new heart now and you aren’t in it”
  • “You belong to the old heart and I will not let you in the new one”

If we have accepted the new heart that God has been offering to us, an important step is to let go of the old problems. We need to let them go, release them. Stop thinking about them, stop dwelling on them. Otherwise, our new hearts will not be effective.

NEW HEART + OLD ISSUES/BEHAVIOURS = NO CHANGE

God is offering us a new heart and He is giving us the knowledge and the opportunity to release the old things that will hinder us from growth and block the transformation from taking place. I beg you (and myself as well), LET I T GO. It’s that easy.

If u want the new heart and an upgraded life with God:

  • let the issue/problem go
  • stop acting the same way
  • change how you think

Lord we come before You, not to ask You for a new heart but to thank You for give us a new heart and the opportunity to free ourselves from the mental and emotional pains we have been walking around and worshipping with. Thanks for the new heart, thanks for the knowledge You gave us by helping us to understand what we need to do to make our new hearts effective. We bless Your name. Father, I ask that You help us to fully realise the implications of this devotion. Let us be willing to walk away from the past and into transformation. We declare You God and we say, have Your way in our lives. Amen.

 

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