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Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to Get a New Heart

Dave Branon shares with us, “A friend who is a heart transplant cardiologist has an appreciation of Ezekiel 36:26 that not many of us can understand.

Mike manages the pre-operation and post-operation care for heart-transplant patients.

He’s often in the operating room as surgeons remove diseased, discolored hearts and replace them with vibrant, pink ‘new’ donor hearts.

Mike explains that the process for selecting who gets a ‘new’ physical heart is similar to who can get a ‘new heart’ from God Ezek. 36:26. In both cases, need alone is the criterion.

Ezekiel’s mention of the people of Israel someday getting a ‘new heart’ is a foreshadowing of the change that takes place at salvation.

Ephesians 4:24 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 refer to it as "new man" and "new creation."

For the Israelites of Ezekiel’s day and for those of us living today, only one criterion must be met for us to acquire a ’transplant.’We must need it.

It matters not whether we’re rich or poor, respected or scorned. Citizenship, social status, and ethnicity are inconsequential.

 If we need a new heart from God, we can have one through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” Ezekiel 36:26

Read Ezek. 36:26-31

What indicates that need? As sinners, all of us need a new heart. Have you had a spiritual heart transplant? —Dave Branon

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Our Daily Bread

“Christ asks you for nothing—
Come just as you are;
Come sinful, come guilty,
Come give Him your heart. —Anon.

We need more than a new start—
we need a new heart!”

“The power of God can turn a heart
From evil and the power of sin’
The love of God can change a life
And make it new and cleansed within.Fasick

Justification means our guilt gone,
Christ’s righteousness given.”

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; …And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Phil. 1:6, 9-11 (NKJV)

This was originally one of my posts, posted 4/23/12  from Our Daily Bread

Today's quote: Joyce Meyers: God is not mad at you! He’s already forgiven you a million times!

Our thought for today: You're familiar, but are you intimate w/ Jesus?

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