Your True Heart is Your New Heart


handheart For so many years of my life, I had a core belief that my heart was desperately wicked and if given the wrong opportunity, I would choose death instead of life. When I began to discover the truth that my heart was indeed good because I was in Christ, I moved away from a mindset of shame and guilt and have become increasingly free to be who I really am, a woman who loves God and loves others and loves myself.

What do you believe about your heart?

When you pause to consider who you really are, do you hear a voice whispering that you are a failure? A person whose heart is evil? Do you see your heart as a large chunk of real estate that is roped off as condemned?

As humans, we often find ourselves struggling with issues, problems, attitudes, and behaviors that we disdain. One of the tactics of the enemy of our souls is to cause us to look at the “issue” and draw the conclusion that we have a really bad heart. He leads us to believe that we are, at our core, just downright wicked.

The Old Testament Law tells us the wicked condition of our hearts. However Jeremiah and other prophets foretold of a time when God would give men new hearts. We now live in that time because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the New Covenant. Therefore, as believers we must learn to live our lives from the position that Christ secured for us. By doing this, we value his sacrifice instead of magnifying the power of sin. Jesus bore our sins and delivered us from the power of sin.

But you may still feel as if you have a bad heart. Is there a problem with this kind of thinking?

Yes! There are many problems with this type of thinking.

The first one is that it’s not what Jesus taught. It’s not what we see in the pages of the New Covenant. When Jesus spoke about the things that proceeded out of the heart of man (Matthew 15), it was before his death and resurrection. It was before the New Covenant was established.

When we trust Christ as our Savior, we get a new heart. Old things are passed away; all things become new. Our heart transplant gives us a new nature, the nature of our Lord. A heart that is good.

Yet this new nature is living in a soul that often has baggage, history, a story of the ways the enemy has damaged us, often through our own choices. And although the nature of Christ is now our nature, the process of transformation of our minds and our emotions is a journey.

We know that we as Christians can still sin and do still sin. When we choose to do that, we are living from our old nature and not from the good heart that God has given us.

When we face those moments when we find ourselves saying the wrong things, doing the wrong things, or feeling things that are contrary to our new nature, at least two things will happen.

1.       The Spirit of Christ will speak with love and bring conviction to us. He will whisper, “That’s not who you really are; let go of that way of being and live from the place of your true heart.” God’s Spirit draws us to Him to find help. This is conviction.

2.       The enemy of our souls and his crew will shout, “You are a jerk. You are a selfish wrench. You are EVIL.” Satan pushes us away from God and tells us we don’t deserve help. This is condemnation.

We are immediately faced with a choice. Who will we believe?

So many times we believe the devil. He attacks our thinking and our emotions just as he attacked Jesus in the Wilderness.

“IF you are the son of God….”

Satan attacks us in the area of understanding our identity in much the same way.

Jesus, fully man, fully God, who lived in submission to the Father and chose to live a sinless life, never gave ground to the enemy.  Jesus tells us in John 14:30 that the enemy came to him and could find no place in him, no ground for attack.

We, on the other hand, often do give Satan a place. Literally in Scripture, this word pictures a legal right to be on a piece of ground. Ephesians 4:27

One of the ways we give ground to the enemy is by listening to his voice saying that we are wicked.

Believing your heart is wicked when the real problem is that your heart is wounded will keep you stuck. We often have wounded places in our soul because of our journey in life. This is a completely different issue that having a wicked heart.

If I face a struggle and my immediate response is one of condemning my own heart, then I am living from a place of not knowing who I really am. This is a place which will keep me self-focused. (I’m just so wicked. I’m such a failure. I’m no good. I’m never gonna change.)

If I face a struggle and my response is, “Whoa, what a minute. That’s not who I really am. I’m God’s child. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus,” then my focus comes back to Christ and God and my need to be transformed into his image.

If I believe wrongly that my heart is wicked, I will despise my own heart.  Jesus taught us that we are to love others as we love ourselves. Not the arrogant kind of self-love, but the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts and allows us to value our hearts as one created by God and in Christ unto good works.

What do you believe about your heart? Is your default to believe that you are a dirty rotten sinner? Are you in Christ? If so, then allow the Word of God and the Spirit of God to reset your default. Give your heart permission to believe that at your core you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and that He is enough to give you a new heart, a good heart.




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