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Heart, fallen and redeemed

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The inner thoughts and feelings of an unregenerate person are opposed to God, making that person reject God and his love. At conversion the renewing work of the Holy Spirit transforms the human heart, enabling it to love and obey God.

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The unregenerate heart

Hostile to God

Psalm 14:1 NKJV
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.
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Hardened against God

Jeremiah 18:12 NKJV
And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”

Pharaoh’s hard heart:

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Spiritually ignorant

Ephesians 4:18 NKJV
having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
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Psalm 73:7 NKJV
Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
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Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
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Genesis 6:5 NKJV
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
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Proverbs 11:20 NKJV
Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
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Conversion: the changed heart

Convinced of need

John 16:8 NKJV
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
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Changed by the Holy Spirit

Ezekiel 36:25–27 NKJV
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
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Given faith

2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
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Spurious conversion

A less-than-saving change

1 Samuel 10:9 NKJV
So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
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