Changing the Heart
Matters of the Heart, Part 1
Changing the Heart
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man (Prov. 27:19).
As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. (NIV)
Entering 2008, we should realize . . .
Our lives will be a reflection of our hearts within.
The condition of our hearts will determine . . . What we say.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart (Luke 6:45).
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart (Matthew 12:34).
What we do.
Out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man (Mark 7:21-23).
To change our lives in ‘08, we must address the heart.
(Prov. 4:23) Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life
1. Admit a heart problem exists.
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick. Who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)?
(Genesis 6:5-6) Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart
Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually (Exodus 28:29-30).
Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)!
A spiritual change is required.
Accept a new heart within.
I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart (Jeremiah 24:7).
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more(Jeremiah 31:33-34).
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Affirm a changed heart within.
Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:22-25).
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10:8-10).
Getting into Shape
Getting More Organized
Giving up Smoking / Drinking
Getting / Changing a Job
Keeping a Check on Expenses & Pay Down Debt
Buying a House / Renovate / Relocate
Finding a Mate
Learning Something New
Enjoy More and Travel More
Spend More Time with Family
Working on a Hobby
Helping Others / Doing Service to the Society
1. Gain weight . . . . Stop exercising
2. Read less. Watch more TV.
3. Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
4. Create loose ends.
5. Get further in debt.
6. Spread out priorities beyond ability to keep track of them.
7. Mope about faults.
8. Never make New Year's resolutions again.