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God’s Heart Transplant

A warm greeting to everyone! I hope you are all in reasonably good health. That is one of the desires of God, expressed through the apostle John, in III John 3.

But brethern, as we see from various news reports, some people will resort to rather extreme measures to have good health and/or perhaps longer lives. Some have gone to the extent of having new hearts, both from deceased bodies, or lately, mechanical ones. It's almost as if they are attempting to achieve immortality in the flesh! I'm afraid the sad fact is, that this isn't working, nor will it ever work

I know that some of you have experienced or are experiencing heart problems at this time. Some have had to have various surgical or medical procedures to help you to have a more normal life And I suppose that some of you have been helped by these methods. My own brother has had by-pass surgery, to hopefully give him a better lifestyle. So has my wife's employer (who developed a blood clot, following her surgery). It's getting to be "routine procedure", by the medical profession in the past few years, but some are beginning to question whether there are too many or unecessary operations being performed, even among their own practitioners.

My subject for today is about God's Heart Transplants that are guaranteed to work. In fact they will be so perfect, they will insure eternal life ! I'll be talking today about that "transplant" that can only be performed by God alone. In fact, it is a miracle that must be performed before we can have immortality or eternal life! So let's talk about our 'hearts" brethern, our spiritual hearts.

According to "Cruden's Complete Concordance", under the subject " heart", it has this to say: "The word heart is used in Scriptures as the seat of life or strenth; hence it means mind, soul, spirit, or one's entire emotional nature and understanding. It is also used as the center or inner part of a thing." Now that covers about everything as far as to the way we think, and for that matter, the way we are. So, how are we, carnally or physically speaking? You know the world views human beings as being basically "good " in their nature. It seems to shock them when they encounter some horrific "evil " event such as that which occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. It's with unbelief or disbelief that the human mind could conceive of or contrive such a "wicked" or "evil" disaster against other human beings. But what does God say about the human "heart" or mind?

Jeremiah 17: 9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10. I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." This certainly does not square with the ideas of men, especially the psychologists and psychiatrists that assume that human nature is intrinsically good. Other Scriptures bear out the fact that our "natural " tendency is to lean toward evil. In fact, God thought about totally destroying the human race at one time, because it had become so degenerate and evil!

Gen. 6: 5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thought of his heart was only evil continually. 6. And it repented the LORD (He was sorry) that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. 7. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast,, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them. " Jesus Christ alluded to these wicked times, when He was prophesying about the way it would be in our day, the times in which we are living in right now!

Mt. 24:37 "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

So "human nature", the heart has not changed, but probably has increased in it's evil intent. Notice again, in speaking of our present time, the last days :

I Timothy 3:1"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their concience seared with a hot iron;"

II Timothy 3:1 "This know also, that in the the last days perilous times shall come. 2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those who are good; 4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power therof: from such turn away."

Be honest! Ask yourself, do these things sound like the times we are living in?!

Friends, here is the human "heart" depicted in it's unconverted state and influenced by demons! The Apostle paul saw this in his Epistle to the Church in Galatia:

Galations 5:19 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornicatiion, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, varience, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inheirit the kingdom of God."

Let's go back to the O.T. for a couple of other Scriptures that plainly show the " heart" in it's carnal or uncircumcised state.

Deuteronomy 5:29 "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and kep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever."; 29: 4 " Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive---."

So we see that O.T. did not have the " heart" to obey God's Laws and to walk in His ways. So what does He tell them to do ? (And remember this was His command to O.T. Israel, and applies to His people today under the New Covenant as we shall see later.)

Deuteronomy 10:12 "And now, Israel, What does the LORD your God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all your soul, 13. To keep the commandments of the LORD, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good. 16. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. "

Just how does one "circumcise the foreskin of your heart,-"? Here we need to understand the meaning of the word " circumcise". It means to "cut off, away, around", (or to remove, as in an operation, it appears to me.)

If you'll remember, Abraham was told to physically circumcise himself and his male decendants as a "token" or sign of the "covenant" between God and him in Genesis 17:9-13.

This was merely a type of the " circumcision" of the "heart" that God requires of those who covenant with Him, upon repentance, acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and begin to go the way that leads to salvation.

This Requires a Spiritual Heart Transplant

So, according to the Scriptures we have read concerning the "heart", we see that we have that same "evil nature" as others. We are no better than anyone else--we must have that "circumcision", that removal of the old heart and have it replaced with a new heart! In other words, we need a Spiritual heart transplant by the Great God! You can probably understand the terminology of a "heart transplant" better than "circumcision of the heart " in our modern use of the English language. but brethern, can you see that, basically, it is one and the same thing. We must be rid of our evil, carnal, human nature, if we are to have eternal life! Now let's read how God is going to achieve this in His marvellous Plan for mankind with a new covenant.

Jeremiah 31:33 "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in heir inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Continueing on, after God had allowed Israel to go into captivity, for their sins, as He will again, to modern Israel, the U.S. and Britain, primarily: Chapter 30:7). Now, we see in,

Chapter 32:37 "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath (great tribulation); and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. 40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me."

Now, they have had an exchange, a replacement of their hearts!!

Ezekiel 11:19 "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and I will give them an heart of flesh. (Here is that Spiritual transplant!) 20. That they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 21. But as for them whose heart (uncircumcised) walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompence their way (the carnal way) upon their own heads, saith the LORD God."

Let's move on to the N.T., where the same theme is found.

Heb.8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws in their mind, and write them in their hearts:--" Notice that under the new covenant, God's Laws are written in our hearts. This could not be possible with the old, stubborn, stony heart, but with a new pliable, workable, teachable, yielded heart. So this requires an operation by God to replace that old " heart" with a brand new one that is subject to His Laws and Way of life. This operation is referred to or likened to a circumcision of the heart, a cutting away or removing of our former self, our attitudes, our way of thinking.

Romans 2:29 "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter;---"; Colosians 2:11-13 "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circuncision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ." So you see we are to have faith in this operation of God, this circumcision of Christ. We've been given a new heart, brethern, so what kind of changes should this produce? Much in every way, brethern!!

  1. We should have a forgiving heart.

    Matthew 18:35 "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from the heart forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. " (Read also 6:14,15)

  2. We'll have a pure or a clean heart:

    Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God "; Psalms 73:1 "Truly God is good to Israel, even to those who are of a clean heart." David prayed for God to "create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me: (Psalms 51:10). To have this kind of mind, we must follow this admonition in Phil.4:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. " (Read Chap. 4:7,8)

  3. We are to have a thankful heart

    Colosians 2:12 "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light"; I Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
    Psalms 92:1 "It is good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,--- "; Chapter 140:13 "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name:---" David's Psalms are filled with thanksgiving to God. In fact, the whole Bible is replete with commands and encouragement to be thankful!

  4. We need a wise and understanding heart.

    We live in a very evil world, as you know. Christ said we are to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves"( Matthew 10:16). ie. know how to conduct ourselves as Christians in dealing with people of this world, being fair and harmless, yet being careful not to be always being taken advantage of. We'll need wisdom making judgments in The World Tomorrow! I Corinthians 6:2 "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?---";
    James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally; and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

Brethern, we could spend the rest of the day expounding and referring to various attributes of the "new heart" we've been given, and that all of mankind, will some day, eventually be offered that heart Look up Scriptures showing that we are to have a joyous heart, a glad heart, a merry heart, a heart that praises God and many, many more things of the heart.

I suppose it can be, and must be summed up, in the following:

WE MUST HAVE GOD'S HEART TRANSPLANT! If we have had this performed, WE'LL HAVE A COMPLETE AND TOTALLY NEW SPIRIT BODY!

 
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