We Need A Heart Transplant

If we know Scripture we are aware that as we reach an age of understanding we become sinners. As men the flesh controls our actions.  This isn’t an individual problem, all men are sinners because they seek the pleasures sin brings into their lives. Truthfully, before God forgives our sin we are a sinful, rule breaking, immoral mess.  Romans 5 tells us when we were without strength Christ died for us. The blood of Jesus was shed that we might have forgiveness.  Praise God we receive mercy instead of justice!

Once we are Christians, how do we change the way we live our lives?  Can we will our way to obedience?  We quote Scripture containing God’s command to repent and automatically we begin to think, “Stop whatever sin you are committing.”  The implication is, “Will your way out of your sinful lifestyle.” How hard it is to give up the sins that we have enjoyed for so long!

Allow me to illustrate our problem.  We go to the doctor and are examined.  The doctor says, “unless you lose fifty pounds you are going to die in a few years.” Immediately we start a diet to lose the fifty pounds.  It isn’t long before we realize a hard truth.  I am heavy because I eat too much of the wrong things.  I eat too much of the wrong things because I like sweets, carbs, and everything I should not have.  I need help!  It is extremely difficult to will myself into giving up the things that I enjoy.

Serving God is somewhat similar.  I may want to change my mind and actions. I honestly want to give up the things of the world and serve God.  The desire may exist but I need help.  For many of us we fail to realize help is there for us.  We have made the implication that serving God is totally in our hands.

How often do we find ourselves disheartened?  We read how we ought to act, but try as we may, we continue to sin.  After all, we have God’s Word we should be able to obey, shouldn’t we?  The problem is we try to serve God by shear will power.  God never intended man walk alone.

The prophecy God made concerning the new covenant centered on the heart of man. The old was written in stone the new on the heart.  In Deuteronomy 30:6 God made this promise to us, He said “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.  Paul explains this in Romans 2:29 when he says, “circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by written code.  In case you miss the meaning of the promise, God is telling us He will change our hearts, He will create within us a changed heart.

By the Spirit God has declared us righteous and now is changing our hearts. God said through Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:18 we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.   In Romans 5:5 we are told God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. Galatians 5 describes to us a transition of those who walk with God.   We become like Christ through the molding work of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5-9 describes in detail the problem we experience.  We want to do right but we fail miserably.  Inspiration describes what God does for us.  For those who walk with Him, God controls our hearts and minds through His Spirit, Romans 8:9. If we do not have the Spirit, we do not belong to Christ.

God will credit as righteous those who trust in His promises. God doesn’t stop at this point.  God continues to strengthen, change, and lead by His Spirit those who will continue to trust.  Most of my adult life I have heard the saying if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  This is one case when the old saying isn’t true.  God’s grace is more than we can imagine.

Christ died for us when we didn’t deserve it.  He credits us as righteous when we trust in Him to keep His promises.  He gives us His Spirit to dwell in us, changing our heart and strengthening our resolve.  All the while He continues to mold us into the likeness of Jesus.  How could it get any better?

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4 Responses to We Need A Heart Transplant

  1. Judy says:

    I liked the way you used the analogy of food to other pleasures regarding sin, made it easier to understand. Also, since our bodies are God’s temple, we shouldn’t abuse them with food.

  2. Judy, you are right, we ought not abuse them at all. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Price says:

    If I understand Paul’s discussion in Romans, the minute the law was created, sin came into being and condemned man. We are now dead to the law, therefore, dead to sin…Thanks to Grace we are free from all of that condemnation and shame. We can now live a life that GROWS into something better because we allow God to Grow in us…When we don’t do well, He corrects us and helps us get back on track. He no longer needs to condemn us or judge us because Christ took that upon Himself for each of us, for all time…Wow !! Whoever can get their head around that can hardly be anything but joyous…Good post…

  4. Thanks Price! I appreciate your reading and comments

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