Jeremiah 24:7 “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
The idea of needing a new heart, scares everyone. We're used to our heart, it's given us life all these years, it's helped me fall in love, have feelings and emotions in so many things and ways. So, for anyone with heart trouble or those who've needed a new heart, know God is with you, helping you through each step of the way.
Did you know that when we accept Jesus into our lives, we have a heart transplant? Let's look at Ezekiel 36:26-27, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a new heart of flesh. I will put my spirit in you and help you walk in my statutes, and you will Keep my judgements and do them.”
Jesus wants to be a part of our lives and wants to help us grow closer to Him and know that He can and will help.
Let's look at how a physical heart transplant and a spiritual heart transplant work in the same way. Once a person receives a new heart, the first thing they are given is anti-rejection medication. It helps the body to accept the new one and function like your old heart did. Spiritually we are given anti-rejection medication too, The Bible. When we dive into scripture, we learn more about Jesus, we can grow stronger in Jesus and we can learn how to reject Satan.
Once a new heart is given the doctors will monitor your mental health. They need to make sure your body and mind can adapt to the change and when your mental health is stronger, you can help keep your new heart strong. Spiritually we need to keep our mental health in check too. To do that we need to be connected to Jesus through prayer. He will help us through all of the challenges and help our heart grow stronger.
Usually the reason someone needs a new heart is because of their lifestyle. Some doctors even tell a patient to change their lifestyle before their heart gets worse. But for those with a new heart they need to be sure to make some changes to help the new heart stay strong and beating. Ephesians 4:31, second Corinthians 5:17, end first John 2:15 all encourage us to put our past behind us and change our lifestyle. Spiritually we need to not live like we may have been. Our focus should be on Jesus and serving Him, trusting Him, and trying to live like Him. These things will help us keep our hearts strong and help us resist the devil in his schemes.
Lastly, after you receive a new heart the doctors will put you through a series of tests to make sure your body has accepted the heart and that it will keep you going and not fail. We too will face testing spiritually as a Christian. James 1:2-3, we are told trials will help our faith. Jesus will test us through fires as a refining of our faith, 1 Peter 1:7. Exodus 20:20, The Lord will test us to help keep us from falling into sin. Psalm 26:2 and Psalm 139:23, we can ask God to test us and know our hearts are true. Finally, 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. You know that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you fail the test.” Spiritually our testing helps our faith grow and helps us learn to endure these small trials so we will be ready to face the big ones before the Lord returns. Find hope through this promise from Jesus, 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The only temptation that has come to you is that which everyone has. But you can trust God, who will not permit you to be tempted more than you can stand. But when you are tempted, he will also give you a way to escape so that you will be able to stand it.”
So, have you received your heart transplant yet? Are you doing all you can to use your new heart to put away the worldly desires and serve Jesus? Remember to pray for those who physically have to have a heart transplant and those who with heart problems, always pray God will help you with your heart too that you will continue to grow and walk in the Lord. Allow Jesus in to use you and give you hope and strength to face each day. Thank Jesus today, for being with you and showing you His love for you and your family. Have a heart blessed day!
I want to give a special recognition to Matt Loveland and his heart transplant knowledge.
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