Heart Change

In Devotional, News by Howard Fox

God cares about our heart – our innermost being – our thoughts and intentions. He cares what we do in this life, but I believe he cares more about the why of our actions – our true motives. Romans 2:29 (emphasis mine) – “No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” We can only have this change of heart from God. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied of this change of heart or new birth in Ezekiel 36:26-27 – “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. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

This is what Jesus was talking about when He said we must be born again, John 3:3 – “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’” and then in John 3:6-7 – “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’” To have a heart change, all you have to do is “call on the name of the Lord” – Romans 10:13 – For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” It is solely by our faith in Jesus that we are saved, it is not by what we do, only by faith – Titus 3:4-7 (emphasis mine) “But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” These phrases – born again, salvation, change of heart, new birth, being made right in his sight, and inheriting eternal life are all different ways of describing the same thing – a true change of your innermost being.

This is most important decision you can make in your life, more important than choosing your spouse, career or area to live. To become born again, you can say this simple prayer and truly mean it. “Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sins. Wash me and cleanse me, set me free. Jesus, I believe you died for me and God raised you from the dead so I can have eternal life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Give me a passion to reach those who don’t know you, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m saved. I’m born-again. I’m forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart. Thank You Jesus! Amen.”

When you say that prayer, God looks at you as a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states – “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” You need to join a local church to learn more about the Lord and be encouraged by other believers. If you don’t have a bible already, you need to get one and begin reading to learn more about God and your new identity in Christ. Let me know if you have said this prayer – you can send me a text or email me, my information is on the contact page. I would love to hear from you!

Note: All scripture quoted from the NLT version.