God promised us that He was going to put a new heart into us. He knew that our old hearts were so darkened and beyond repair, so His plan all along was to give us a new heart. He is willing to give us this heart, but are we willing to receive it?
Be all that God can help you to be. God promised, “And I will give you a new heart—I will give you new and right desires—and put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony hearts of sin and give you new hearts of love. And I will put my Spirit within you so that you will obey my laws and do whatever I command” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 TLB).
If we ever want to know what is in our heart, all we must do is look at what pours out of it. The words we speak are the thoughts we hold within our hearts. It is when we are acting out in private or in our worst moments that we really see clearly what our heart is filled with.
Whatever you pour out is whatever you’re filled with. “You can tell what a tree is like by the fruit it produces. You cannot pick figs or grapes from thornbushes. Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart” (Luke 6:44-45 CEV).
Sometimes, the words I speak make me question the heart that I have. It’s in the private conversations where I will find the worst things being said. Instead of looking for the best in others, I will only consider the worst that I see in them. Only my old heart could be filled with such things.
Don’t agonize over what people say about you but how you really are. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV).
We should never despair when the Holy Spirit convicts us, for that is surely the sign that we are still in His crosshairs as someone who is yet able to be changed. Long for the conviction, for it shows both your honesty in your shortcomings and your willingness to be changed by the Lord.
No matter how far off-track you are, one turn gets you going in the right direction. “Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31 NKJV).
Whenever we see the words coming out reflecting the wrong heart inside of us, we must remind the Lord to put the new heart once again inside of us. It is not that He has forgotten to do so, and the reminder is really for yourself that the Lord can most certainly change you.
You’d be shocked at how much God can change you once you let Him. “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you will show yourself to be a prophet with them; and you will be turned into another man” (1 Samuel 10:6 AMPC).
It is not enough to receive a new heart inside of us; but we must be determined to work out the new heart through us. God will do the work in us, but we must do the work to bring it out of us. The Lord pours in, but it is up to us to work it out.
If you pray for a greater faith, then be prepared to live it. The Lord will pour it in, but you have to work it out. “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV).
When you have a new heart beating inside of you, the words will change that come out of you. Even when you have every right to vent and to criticize some other person, only goodness and things that build up will be spoken from you.
It is a powerful message you preach when you show grace to those who mistreat you. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6 NKJV).
When you have the new heavenly heart within you, then your thoughts will flow filled with grace and be overflowing with mercy. Never underestimate what a heart from God can do in the life of a believer. Be that soul that beats with the heavenly heart for those who are around you.
You’d be surprised what God can change in you if you’d just let Him. “I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart. I will put my Spirit inside you and change you so that you will obey my laws. You will carefully obey my commands” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 ERV).
Blessings to you,