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Disfunctional Hearts

Having a new heart is a wonderful description of what it is to be a Christian. Having the same old heart that he always had is a sad and accurate description of an unbeliever. The Bible gives many truths about the two different types of hearts possessed by men. Some men have hearts that trust the Lord and are obedient and others have hearts that do not trust Him and are disobedient. Some hearts are a source of evil and some are a source of good. Men always start out with a sinful one. Their hearts remain sinful until the Lord does His changing work on them. Which kind do you have?

Deuteronomy 5:29: O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

The old kind of heart must be broken and repaired by the Lord without the resistance of its possessor. Only the Lord can do the repair job our hearts need.

Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalms 119:32: I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Deuteronomy 30:6: And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Colossians 2:11: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Psalms 57:7: My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

Psalms 112:7: He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

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 will give them an heart of flesh:

Ezekiel 36:26: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

James 4:8: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Proverbs 23:26: My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Psalms 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Deuteronomy 8:2: And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Matthew 12:34: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Proverbs 4:23: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

2 Chronicles 12:14: And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

Psalms 108:1: O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

If you are Biblically knowledgeable you will notice that these passages are in many different contexts. You are welcome to believe that I have included some that are not appropriate and that I have oversimplified them. But I*ll not budge from my position that every genuine believer has had a work done on his heart and his whole being by the Lord. It is a work that man could not do in himself and it is a work that he would not do in himself even if he could. Even after a man is saved he resists God*s further work in him on many levels.

The person in whom God has done His saving work ought to study first-hand what God has done to him and testify about it to others. The work God has done on a Christian ought to be obvious to everyone who knows him. God*s work on an individual will be troubling to unbelievers and it will be a delight to other believers.

2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 6:15: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Matthew 5:13-14: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Psalms 107:2: Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

1 Peter 3:15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

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