Saturday, March 5, 2011
Good intentions? Only with a new heart!
When pleasing God and worrying about what He thinks of you isn't your priority, your intentions start changing...
For example: A person who wants to be rich and prosper, do you think God is going to let that happen if it's not to please His name? Or the wife who wants her husband back, she fights and goes regularly to church but, she's only thinking about HER OWN well being. She isn't worried about her husband's soul. Or, the assistant who's dream is to marry a pastor but it's only to have a great love life or a position in the church. Is her dream to serve on the altar or be served by the altar?
The new heart has no personal desires. It is pure and free from every evil influence, it doesn't judge and does not allow resentment inside. If you do not have this new heart, you can't seem to hold a communion with God, one hour your good and the other you feel bad, you don't keep your purposes of faith with Him, you need to seek with all your strength. Below is a purpose that I learned a long time ago, it helped me a lot and I think I can help you! It's a prayer preferably done in the morning because it's a bigger sacrifice with three purposes:
1 - Talk to God about what you do (the attitudes you take - things that perhaps nobody knows that you do) on that day, what you know displeased Him. 2 - Talk to God about what you said (Talked about something wrong a person did or a gossip, a lie, a dirty word, if you responded with defiance or ignorance to someone), which of course displeased God. 3 - Talk to God about what you thought (of leaving the church, to give up everything, you've tried so many times and it seems things will never change, etc..) that displeased Him.
After this purpose, man! You must repent, tell God that you must change and that without His help you can't, this my friend has to be from the bottom of your soul, your heart! Your eternal life depends on it! Perhaps because you do not live in sin, you think that nothing needs to change and this has prevented you from receiving this spiritual transplant. And of course after all, begin to monitor and implement the necessary changes! This requires a daily effort from you!
And how do you know if you've had this transformation? Evaluate your innerself, which voice you've obeyed, and be assured you'll remember that the old heart and old self with contempt. You'll never remember your recent actions with joy, nevertheless, your glory is to have known God, and your past will serve only as a testimony, from the difference that is or will be inside of you!
"Then shall ye remember your evil ways and your doings that were not good, you shall loathe yourselves because of your iniquities and your abominations." (Ezekiel 36:31)
Don't leave for later something that is so important: a new heart! And you shouldn't use excuses as to why you can't have this because of problems, bad testimonies you see and such. It's only your personal responsibility.
Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezekiel 18:31-32)