The Need for a New Heart

Extract from our Weekly Bulletin

March 20, 2016

The rebellion and the hardened hearts were the greatest problems Israel had and are ours as well (Nehemiah 9:26-30).

The need for a new heart and a new spirit has always been the greatest needs of humanity. Because of this God has made provisions for a new pact in which a new heart is possible and is available for whoever is willing to let this transformation happen in their life (Jeremiah 31:3-31, Ezequiel 36:25-27).

But walking outside the path of God will impede his work! What do we mean when we say “heart?” When we read the Scriptures about the heart, it doesn’t refer to on organ of the body that pumps blood. It’s not the physical heart in the centre of our chest that gives life and stimulates the rest of the body.

When the Word of God talks about the heart, it refers to the centre of our spirit, the nucleus of our being, where our deepest motives reside. This is also the central focus of the place where our problems lie.

In reality, our heart is deeper than our mind (even though we also have many problems on our minds).

The mind is an instrument of analysis and logic. But the heart dictates what the mind meditates on (our affection, motives and what we adore in our hearts). The heart stimulates the mind.

The Lord Jesus Christ preached about the heart more than any other topic. The heart of all men is the beginning of all problems (Matthew 15:18-20, Mark 7:21-23).

Jesus said “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.”

So therefore our greatest need is to obtain a young heart, renewed and submissive. We are warned: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23.

All the actions and decisions in our life Even the sprout from the depths of our heart. Even the heart of a believer filled with the Holy Spirit, with a crucified life, must be protected continuously and carefully against pride and abuse (2 Corinthians 12:7).

We Are Unaware Of What Is In Our Hearts.

We don’t know ourselves or even know what our true needs are (read 2 Chronicles 32:31).

God allows situations and people to come into our lives to show us what is in our hearts (1 Chronicles 28:9).

God takes his people through the desert to show them what is inside of them (Deuteronomy 8:2).

The purpose of difficult and distressful times is to help us see what lies inside of us. In reality we don’t know our hearts, God has to show them to us.

The Psalmist prayed to God so He would show him his I. “Cleanse me from secret faults” Psalms 19:12.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties” Psalms 139:23-34.

Paul said that he wanted to know himself just as God knew him (read 1 Corinthians 13:12).

He also confessed the he didn’t know what he had in his heart, but that God knew (read 1 Corinthians 4:3-5; Leviticus 4:2-3; 4:13 and Luke 9:53).

Jeremiah said “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

God has to show us what He sees. Its prideful to think that by our own intuition, instinct or intelligence we can discern what is in the hearts of others or what is in our hearts, if its not with a divine revelation.

The Lord is the only one that knows and it is He that has to show us (Proverbs 21:2, Jeremiah 17:9-10).

Job couldn’t see the problem in his heart. After being convinced of his need, he confessed it and was set free from his test.

After knowing God, the most important thing for us is to know ourselves and to know what is at the bottom of our problems.

We won’t be set free from one set of chains until we see it, we confess it and we ask God for his mercy and cleansing. Ninety percent of the solution is in recognising the problem. What we think is the solution, and what truly is the solution, are two very different things.

You can have an intense pain in your leg and you may think you have a problem with your leg, but the real root of the problem can be in your vertebrae caused by pressure on a nerve.  This analogy is applicable to our spiritual life, also ask God to show you the real root of your problem.

¡You will be Surprised!

Note:- author unknown
God Bless You,
Ps. Marisa Varjabedian