Let God Give You A Heart Transplant

God tells us we need to be born again and become a new person or creation.  What does that mean?  Scripture tells us in Ezekiel 36:26 – “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”  That sounds like a heart transplant to me. 

We are born with a heart of stone, so hard that it has a tendency to rebel against God.  We live a self-centered life doing most anything, trying to make our life better.  If we believe something will make us feel better, enhance our wealth or give us fame or power, often we are willing to do whatever it takes, regardless of morality or how it may affect others. 

God says if you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior He will give us His Spirit and the Spirit will give us a transplant, a new heart with a new spirit.  With the transplanted heart, you will begin making decisions with different guidance that is coming from God through the Holy Spirit. 

Research provides statistics that tell us about 20% of the Christians in church attendance make up the core of the church.  They tithe, play an active role in the church and they can be counted on when needed.  Then there are many who attend but are not truly committed as Christ teaches and it appears they do not live holy lives as much as they should. We are also told that 80% of Christians do not read their Bibles regularly.  If God’s Spirit commands them to do something they most often will ignore Him or they don’t hear Him. They continue to do things they know God would not approve. They do not realize that sin causes negative consequences and if they do, they do not care.  If this is true, what does that mean?  It is like polls that say 90% of Americans believe there is a God but how many have a personal relationship with Him and live holy lives? 

There are numerous Scriptures that tell us if we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we shall be saved and receive the Holy Spirit.  My question is:  “If God knows everything, does He not know who is serious and who is not about becoming a follower of Christ?”  If the Holy Spirit is given to a person who at the spur of the moment accepts Christ and has every intention to live a holy life but does not, does He have any personal relationship with Christ or God? 

Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Doesn’t Scripture tell you that if you open the door Christ will come in and have a personal relationship with you?  While the two of you are eating isn’t it possible to develop a relationship?  Could that happen if you had not had a heart transplant? 

Do we take Scripture seriously that says: “Anyone who refuses to live by these rules (living a holy life) is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you”?  My concern is: are we allowing Christians to assume they are saved because they accept Christ but never followed through in allowing their lives to be spiritually changed?  We then have to ask, are we talking about working our way to heaven or are we saved by grace?  James tells us faith without works is dead. By our deeds we will be judged.  Therefore, is it not necessary to live holy lives?  How do we interpret 1 John 2:15? – “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”  Will the Holy Spirit be active in the life of a person who does not have the love of the Father in them?  Are you living only for today and retirement or are you seriously preparing for the future in eternity? 

I believe most Christians will agree we will be judged by our heart, our attitude, and our relationship with God plus our love for others.  It is my belief that we will see many in heaven that we do not expect and just as many who we would expect will not be there.  But there is only one judge and that is Jesus Christ.  But shouldn’t every Christian be aware of what the rules are that we must live by?   But, if the Holy Spirit is truly in them, their lives will progressively change because they will be sensitive to His leading.  If not, chances are there will be little or no change and they will continue to live as the world lives.  Every year, we should become more Christ-like, more faithful and trusting than the year before. 

Most of us may deal with life’s ups and downs differently.  Have you been faced with having to deal with stress, depression or not being able to sleep at nights because of problems?   Are you spending too much time worrying?  Is there a physical addiction, an overweight/health problem or maybe pornography with which you are struggling? 

Where we are spiritually will determine the choices we make.  Our beliefs are extremely important in how we live, what we think and how we make daily decisions.  How does what we think compare with what the Bible teaches?  If we don’t read or understand the Bible we probably do not know what God teaches in dealing with life situations and temptations. 

If problems or negative situations present themselves how we handle them may depend on our trust and faith in God’s Word.  If the Word is planted into a still hardened heart, it could cause us to allow deceitfulness and worry to stress us out.  Possibly, we make wrong choices.  If we have allowed God’s Word to come into a heart that is responsive to Him and tender, plus a spirit, we have connected with God, we will be able to accept the promises that God will meet our needs and everything will work for the best in the end.  With a transplanted heart that is changing who we are, we can expect God to take us by the hand and get us through every situation that we face.  How do we make the transplanted heart responsive to God and accept the authority of the Bible?  Have the self-control to become submissive to God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Read and understand the Word!  Your faith and trust will grow to the point that God is there to help you through everything, all the time.  He will not forsake you.

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