December 23, 2023
Psalm 51:10, New Living Translation
"Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me."
"And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your story, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart." (Ezekiel 36:26, NLT)
I did a little research, and it is said that heart disease accounts for almost one-third all deaths in Western Countries, and most of these deaths are due to coronary artery disease and hypertension, or high blood pressure. As we all know, the heart regulates the life of the physical body, we should also be aware that the same is true in the spiritual.
If the heart should become worse, heart failure is sure to happen. Thank God that medical technology has made it possible that when this heart failure occurs, a heart transplant is an option.
Not everyone is born with a physical heart condition, but everyone is born with spiritual heart disease. We should, therefore, consider our spiritual diet.
Jesus revealed where sin resides in man when He said, “From within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things come from within man and defile man.” (Mark 7:21-23, NLT) By this statement, Jesus did not mean that sin resides in our physical heart; otherwise, we would need a physical heart transplant to be freed from sin. Jesus meant that sin dwells in man’s unregenerate heart since everyone is born with a heart of sin (a sinful nature). The Bible says this was our spiritual condition before we were born again of God’s Spirit (Psalm 51:5).
God’s solution to save us from the evil power of sin and certain spiritual death was to perform a divine heart transplant. God used His Son’s death on the cross to spiritually remove our terminally sin-sick heart and replace it with His Son’s divine heart when we were born again. By this operation of the cross of Christ, God completely delivered us from all indwelling sin, so that His Son could dwell in us by His Spirit. The Bible says, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.” (Galatians 4:6, NLT) Therefore God included us in His Son’s death so that His resurrected Son might live in us. This is the miracle of our new birth.
Now that we have Christ’s new heart in us, we do not have to keep practicing sin. For through His death, Jesus once and forever dealt with the “sin factory” that was within us, by destroying and removing our sinful nature. Each day, we obey Christ’s command to deny ourselves, carry our own cross and not live according to our flesh for His sake. When we do this, we prove by our actions that we are dead to sin, but alive to God in Jesus. Does this mean that we will never sin again? Of course not! Whenever we do sin, we continue to ask and receive God’s forgiveness for our sins (1 John 1:9). But now that sin is no longer our master, we are able by the Spirit to “put to death” our old sinful way of thinking and acting and “put on” Christ’s way of thinking and acting. So, by our faith in Jesus and what He did on the cross and through the work of the Holy Spirit, we have a new heart and are being transformed into Christ’s image.
This is God’s promise and eternal purpose for His children, so that Christ would be over all and in all!
In every case, in order to receive a heart transplant, somebody has got to die. You need to know that you don’t have to wait for this clean heart because somebody named Jesus died a long time ago to give you a new heart. The only thing that He requires of you is that when you receive it…take care of it!