Who Has Your Heart?

Posted by on June 3, 2015

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Jeremiah 17:9

I’ve given a lot of thought to this verse lately.  Even as a “New Creature” in Christ today, I see how the enemy continues to seem to think that our hearts are on auction and he wants to be the highest bidder. He’s basically a jerk. As long as he thinks he can get a response out of us, he’ll never give up. 

He was so satisfied while the church was silent on redemption from homosexuality. It provided him a long time to try to win our hearts like he did with Eve at the tree in the Garden of Eden.  All he had to do was manipulate her senses conveyed through her “feelings.” Look at how effective that method has been over the last 6,000 years. Yet there’s nothing he can do to force us to sin and God won’t force us to obey. He loves us too much to intrude upon the right to choose that He so lovingly gave us.

This is the foundational information I share before giving my testimony.  I want so much to help others see that Jesus saves us from our sin and not in it.   Today this message is not being readily accepted. Honestly … it wasn’t readily accepted in the time of Jesus either. But the good news is that He waits for anyone who will respond to His tenderness and compassion that He uses to call us out of the darkness we seem to be so fond of.

“‘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

So many of us have relied upon the opinion of others or the pastor’s sermon to give us some idea of whether we’re connected to God.  We’ve become lazy and have even adopted the idea that God’s Word which He wrote for all time, is not relevant to life as we know it today.  We don’t even invest in seeking to trust Him. We argue with Him and dangerously place our knowledge as equal to His.  Blasphemous when you think about it.  There was another who sought to go about these “logic” efforts … and he is no longer in the kingdom. 

Jesus invites us to humble ourselves before Him as children with a thirst for knowledge. His knowledge which He promises will aid in the guidance of our lives as we journey together with Him. 

Without a constant surrender and abiding in Him we can’t possibly know His true will for us.  His will for us is never going to disagree with His Word and there is grave danger in just picking texts out of context that will somehow justify what Jesus has pointed out as sin.

So why do we struggle?  The book of James pretty clearly unravels the temptation process. We allow our minds to get wrapped around our desperately wicked heart’s desires. Our “feelings” are screaming out to us and without divine intervention or a concerted effort to surrender to Jesus… we’re well on our way to dangerous territory. I’m not singling out “homosexuality” here.  Lust, pride, gluttons, covetousness, anger, jealousy, drinking, pre-marital sex, adulterous sex, pornography, etc.  There’s really pretty much something for everyone.

Temptation is not sin. But when you massage it in your mind and toy with it, it’s not long before we are in danger of justifying it. And just like that… the enemy has us.  Once we allow the enemy to convince us… it’s not terribly difficult for Him to regain access.  He hooks you with desire.. and then when sin is conceived, he beats you up and accuses you of being worthless and unacceptable.. and then he entices you again with temptation.  It can become a vicious cycle of defeat if you don’t respond to the inviting and loving call of Jesus.

But let me share something that should put a smile on your face.  There is no low so low that Jesus cannot reach you. There is no sin so bad that God will not forgive you. There is no soul so far gone that God cannot change from darkness into light.  “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My Statutes, and ye shall keep My Judgments, and do them… Without Me ye can do nothing”  Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5

May I urge you to call out to Jesus? Come humbly before Him and listen to His sweet, life-giving voice.  Kneel before your Creator and Savior and close your eyes.  Shut out all distractions that surround you and pour your heart out to He who hung on a cross and shed His blood for you. Cry out to Him. Ask His forgiveness and be regenerated by His promise to create in you a new heart and to give you desires for that which honors Him.  Pray to fall in love with Him.  He will not let you down.  Live your life for Him and let this change keep you from letting Him down.   His peace and comfort belong to you.  2 Corinthians 5:17 promises that now… you are a “New Creature” in Him. 

 

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