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7/9 The New Covenant with Jesus Christ brings new Heart Changes

So far, we have been looking at what comes with this Seventh Covenant between our Creator and the true Lord Jesus Christ, what is His authority and what is our authority in Him as Jesus Followers.  As we continue with this topic, we need to dig deeper into the foundations of what the Bible called ‘the old nature’, or the true inner nature of all human beings.

A.  We all begin with the heart in the same condition:

1.  Ephesians 4:18 explains this.

            “They (meaning us) are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their heart.”

What does this mean?  What was the heart like before Jesus finds us? 

                  We are all born corrupted and blinded.

2.  We come into this world with a heart that is already touched by Adam & Eve’s pride and rebellion, generational issues and personal iniquity and sin. 

Our heart prevented us from hearing and knowing God, especially if we have a hard heart.  What happened to us in our lifetime to make our heart hard?

a.  Our rebellious, self-reliant inheritance from Adam and Eve,

b.  Generations of self-centred, blinded ways,

c.  Our own actions before we came to the Lord.

3.  The Unregenerate Heart:  1. Proud – Proverbs 18:12.    2. Foolish – Proverbs 12:23.    3. Hardened – Ephesians 4:18.    4. Evil heart – Genesis 6:5.    5. Unrepentant – Romans 2:5.    6. Source of Evil – Hebrews 3:12,  2 Peter 2:14.    7. Foundation of all evil – Mark 7:21.12.    8. Can be an anxious heart – Proverbs 12:25.  9. Discouraged heart – Josiah 2:11.   10. Troubled heart – John 12:27.   11. Tormented heart – Luke 2:11.  12. Broken heart – Ezekiel 21:6.  13. Heavy heart – Proverbs 25:20.  14. Deceitful – Jeremiah 17:9.    15. Rebellious – Jeremiah 5:23.  16. Perverse – Proverbs 11:20.    17. Fearful – Deut 28:67, Joshua 5:1     18. Wicked – Proverbs 6:18.    19. Callous – Proverbs 119:70.     20. Malicious – Psalms 28:3.  21. Darkened – Romans 2:5.    22. Deluded – Isaiah 44:20,   23. Devoted to idols – Ezekiel 11:21.  24.  Far from God – Isaiah 29:13, Mark 7:6.

When He finds us, our heart looks like this ——- >

B.  Coming to the Lord begins the process of having a changed heart.

There are two main theories about the condition of our heart when we are found by the Lord – and both with verses from the Bible:

1.  We are given a clean heart when we ask Him into our lives.

Ezekiel 36:26: “I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you….” God wisely gives His believers both a new heart to love Him and a new spirit to receive Him.

This view teaches that “Everything has been done at the cross; I don’t need to work on any of my issues.”

However, if we haven’t been taught to keep that heart clean, eventually it begins to get dirty again.  Whenever we allow an unforgiving thought to remain, feel bitterness and anger and act on it or by ignoring the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Soon, our heart is ‘dirty’ again.

2.  The second view it that we allow Him to only touch a tiny, small or maybe a middle part of our heart. 

The rubbish is still there and now the job of the Holy Spirit is to bring that ‘baptism of fire’, the ‘Sanctification’ process as we work with Him to clean up our heart.  He loves us too much to leave all that rubbish in our heart for the enemy to touch.  However, only when we stand with Him in eternity will our heart be totally pure.

C.  What happens when we are ‘born again’?

He gives us a new heart and a new spirit: Psalms 51:10, Ezekiel 11:19:

 1. He knows it – 1 Samuel 16:7.    2. Searched by Him – Psalms 7:9, Jeremiah 17:10.    3. Tests it – 1Ch 29:17, 1Thess. 2:4    4. Influenced by God – Ezra 7:27   5. He directs it – Proverbs 21:1.    6. He opens it – Acts 16:14.    7. He touches it – 1 Samuel 10:26.    8. He cleanses it – Hebrews 10:22.    9. He writes He laws on it – Jeremiah 31:33.   10. He strengthens it – 1 Thessalonians 3:13.

D.  Look what happens when we allow our heart to stay close to our Creator:

1. Cries out for the living God – Psalms 84:2.    2. Seeks God – Psalms 119:2, 10.    3. Responds to God – 2Kings  22:19.4. Trusts in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5.    5. Loves the Lord – Deut 6:5, Matthew 22:37.     6. Praises the Lord – Psalms 91:1.    7. Is grateful – Col 3:16.    8. Obeys God’s laws – Psalms 34, 69, 112, Ephesians 6:6.    9. Hides God’s word within h/t – Psalms 119:11.   10. Meditates on God and His word – Psalms 19:14.   11. Speaks the truth – Psalms 15:2.   12. Is steadfast and secure – Psalms 57:7, Psalms 112:7-8.   13. Is pure – Psalms 24:4, Mt 5:8.   14. Is wise – Proverbs 10:8.   15. Is unafraid and Courageous – Psalms 27:3, 14.    16. Is contrite – Psalms 51:17.   17. Is circumcised – Deuteronomy 10:16, Romans 2:29.   18. Is sincere – Acts 2:46, Heb 10:22.   19. Walks blameless – Psalms 101:2.    20. Loves others – 1 Peter 1:22.

Coming to Jesus and allowing Him to touch our heart and spirit brings the new life of the New Covenant blessings.  Life is never the same again.  Has this experience happened for you yet?  Can you trust your Creator to bring His love and grace into your life?

In our next post, we’ll discuss what happens when someone constantly, deliberately turns their back on the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Sad to say there are many people in the world who do not allow hearing God to change their world. 

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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