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And I Will Give You a New Heart

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”  Scripture Reference – Ezekiel 36:26 

Have you considered the wonders of modern medicine, lately?  Think about it.  Today we routinely have open heart surgery where old, clogged and hardened arteries can be removed and replaced with better ones that will restore blood flow and health to the brain and the body.  Often, the patient is back at home in a day or two.  We can even do heart transplants and we have made some improvement toward mechanical hearts.  It is truly amazing.  Of course, the concept of renewing the heart is not a new one.  As we see in our scripture today, it existed as far back as Ezekiel’s time.  Creator, God knew the value of replacing hearts that were diseased, clogged and hardened, by life and sin, with a new one that could improve spiritual health for the body.  Just as it is for the physical body, the heart is vital to the health of the spiritual body.  In his book, Fan the Flame, J. Stowell states that “the heart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person.” It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as “the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity,” “the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires, passions, thought, understanding and will,” and “the center of a person; the place to which God turns.”    Replacing a stony, hardened heart is essential to the restoration of a spiritually healthy person.  The heart is the center of who we really are.  If our heart is diseased, spiritually or otherwise, we are not able to be who we truly are.  We become spiritually and physically ill.  We also find a good description of condition in our scripture reference.  With a diseased heart we are “stony” and “stubborn” as opposed to that which God created us to be – “tender” and “responsive.”  Just as in the miraculous and almost incomprehensible realm of medicine, God can miraculously restore your life by removing the old heart and giving you a new one.

Keep the Faith,
Bro. Tony

Posted by Dr. Tony Taylor

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