1996-10-24 - Hearts Part II
Last week I spoke about hearts. But, I really only covered one side of the heart. The unregenerate heart that lives in all mankind is indeed something to be aware of and beware. It can betray each of us in a single second or a single stroke. It is so full of evil and so badly damaged by the fall that it can not be reclaimed. It must be cast off and replaced.
Isaiah 51:7 - Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, a people whose heart is in My law; do not fear the reproach of man, neither be dismayed at their revelings.  For the moth will eat them like a garment, and the grub will eat them like wool. But my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation to all generations.
We have been given the righteousness of Christ. The church has known righteousness like no people have ever known it. It has been imputed to our accounts by Jesus. He was born without sin, lived a perfect, sinless life, and died a death prophesied centuries beforehand. In doing so, He satisfied the requirements of the law. The requirements that we could never meet, due to the damaged, sin-riddled hearts that we are born with since the fall. His righteousness given to us will keep us forever.
Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.
The spiritual man must be fed, just as the natural man is fed. Jesus said that man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. His word is the food that our spirits need to stay strong and healthy. By reading it, and studying it, we exercise our minds. Hiding the word in our hearts gives us the material we need to daily renew our minds.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 - And I shall give them one heart, and shall place a new spirit within them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statues and keep my ordinances, and do them. Then they will be my people, and I shall be their God.
And this is love, not that He loved us, but that He loved us while we were yet His enemies. Before we could do one thing to help ourselves, He did it all. Nothing is left undone. Jesus told us that the world should know that we are His disciples by the love that we have one for another. This is certainly a new spirit for humanity. We fight over what we can not keep and take what is not ours. And then the Master comes and turns our world upside-down. He replaces that tattered remains of what He originally created, with what should have been there all along. A new heart, in love with Him, and His law and His people.
Lord Jesus, What a remarkable gift You purchased for us. You knew the price and yet paid it willingly for us. We were the joy that was set before you, that made the cross something to be endured. Our gratitude will never be able to match the giving. We can never repay the debt we owe. We would only denigrate the gift in trying. Thank you. Amen.