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A New Heart

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011 in A New Heart | 1 comment

In Anatomy and Physiology class in college, I was stuck with, or I should say, had the privilege of having a professor that did her entire Masters’ Thesis on the heart.  So you can imagine that the section we studied on the heart, well, it was quite intense.  We learned every valve, every chamber, every fiber and every function.  We studied in depth how everything works together to sustain life.  In Exercise Physiology class we learned all about how the heart functions during exercise.  We also throw the term “heart” around a lot in the church, “Is your heart right?”, “Where is your heart?”, “Have you given your heart to Jesus?”.  What do we mean when we throw around this word?  I remember as a small child picturing a tiny little Jesus standing all alone in the center of this big red tube with the floor he is standing on bumping him up and down as my heart was beating.  Why would this little man want to live in the heart of everyone all by himself.

I think it is funny that we expect the world outside the church to know what we are talking about when we ask people if they have Jesus in their heart.  What does the Bible say about the heart anyways? The word “heart” appears 833 times in the KJV Bible.  Just as the heart, as an organ, is the very essence of our life, our heart controls our entire body functions and every other organ.  I remember seeing each one of my childrens’ heart beats for the very first time on the ultrasound.  When I had trouble in most of my pregnancies, that is the very thing the doctors went looking for first, to see if life is there.  I remember seeing our first child’s heart beat, then a few weeks later it was not there.  When the heart stops beating, life is over.

In the Bible, most references to the “heart” are not the beating organ, but rather who we are.  It includes our personality, our countenance, our conscience, who we are and why we do what we do.  When Jesus changes our heart he changes everything about us.  We no longer have the same thoughts, actions, or desires.  It is impossible for us to remain the same after our hearts have been changed because the heart controls who we are and what we do.  Struggles? of course we will have them, but ultimately we will be striving to please God with our lives.

We know a young man that has a faulty heart valve.  He has just had a heart valve transplant last week and would be a candidate for a complete heart transplant.  This young man was in conversation with my husband and our youth pastor just a few days ago when he realized he had never been changed by Jesus.  He repented of his sin, asked Jesus to save him, and that day he received a new heart.  He had a full heart transplant that day in ICU without any doctor or surgeons in the room.  Jesus has changed his life!  Ezekiel 36:26-27 “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.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].”  This is such a beautiful passage and I encourage you to read it in its entirety.

Here are words from King David to God after he sinned sexually with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.”  Psalm 51:10-12

I am so thankful today that I had a complete heart transplant.  He took away my stony heart of sin, and put within me a clean, pure heart.  My life reflects the change and I know each day that I am not the same person I used to be.  I thank God for this indescribable gift!  Yes, I thank Him from the bottom of my heart!

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  1. Megan Bouldin

    This post really helped me!

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