A New Heart - God's Work of Art in us
- Copyright 1996 By Dan Sharpe All rights reserved.

Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures used are taken from
The Holy Bible, New International Version.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.
Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Ezekiel 36:26+27

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be
careful to keep my laws.

Ezekiel 11:19+20

I will give them an undivided heart and will put a new spirit in them;
I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be
my people, and I will be their God.

Jesus fulfilled these prophecies, he made it possible for the Father to
re-create the heart of man. Our Spirits are made new when we are born again
in Christ Jesus. He litterally re-creates our innermost being for us. And our
old hearts which were hard towards God, and un-moldable by His Word become
soft, fleshy, hearts which He can easily touch and move. He is then able to
move us to follow His decrees, and to be faithful to His laws.

Ephesians 2:4,10

Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us
alive with Christ even when we were dead in our sins - it is by grace
that you have been saved. .... For we are God's workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We were dead spiritually, our hearts were captive to sin. But, in Jesus,
God recreated us, and destined us to walk in works of righteousness,
or put another way, to walk in love. Our New Birth was accomplished in Jesus,
and is ours by grace, we need achieve nothing to obtain it.

Colossians 2:11-13

In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature,
not with the circucision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision
done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him
through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

We obtain the New Birth, a new heart, a new spirit, by an act of faith,
faith in what He accomplished. An act of announcment, we proclaim our belief
in what He has done, and confess Jesus to be Lord, lord on our behalf, and
our lord.

Romans 10:9+10

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord!, and believe in your
heart that god has raised Jesus Christ from the dead, you will be saved.

This results in our partaking of what God has already accomplished for us
in Christ. A new creation, a new heart.

2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has
come! All this is from God...

When we are Born Again, our body doesnt change, and our Soul remains the
same, but our Spirt is made totally new. We are given the prommised new heart.

Galatians 3:26,27 4:6

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who
were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.....
Because you are sons, God sent the the Spirit of His son into our hearts,
the Spirit who calls out "Daddy, Father."

Romans 6:2-4

We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that
all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were therfore buried with him through baptism into death in order that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father,
we too may live a new life.

Our new heart is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, He establishes and maintains
our relationship with the Father. This relationship is the guarantee that our
heart, our Spirit will always remain true to God. And we will be moved by the
Holy Spirit to love the Father back. This love will be our motivation for
living a new life of obedience.

Romans 5:5

God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has
given us.

This love, God's own love, will be the well-spring of our life. It provides
us with the ability to be loving toward one another. It helps us to renew our
Soul, to re-train our mind, Will and Emotions to produce Spirituality.
To live a Spiritual life.

Galatians 5:22+23

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The fruit of a life/soul submitted to the Spirt of God in our Heart/Spirit,
is manifested Love, manifested Joy, manifested Peace, manifested Patience,
manifested Kindness, manifested Goodness, manifested Faithfulness,
manifested Gentleness, and manifested Self-Control. There is nothing in all
creation that can regulate, govern, or hinder Spirituality, no physical or
emotional law can prevent the Fruit of a Spiritual Heart from manifestation.

Hebrews 10:15+16

The holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts, and i will write them on their minds.

John 13:34

A new command I give you: Love one another. As i have loved you, so you
must love one another.

Our Souls (Minds, Wills, and Emotions) will follow our Hearts in the process
of manifestation of God's Law of Love. His love is already permeating our
hearts. All that remains is the process of re-recording, re-writing, over the
old programming of our Souls. His love will replace all of our old motivations.
And the Fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of God's Love, will gradually replace
our old thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record
of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres.
Love never fails.....

We must choose to cooperate with God's love, and choose to be a
Spiritual person, even as we had to choose to accept the gift of God,
and become Born Again. We still have a free will, but we have, if we
are indeed truly Born Again, a new heart, a new spirit, and we will always
be moved, and if we accept the moving, led by God's Spirit. Led towards
the life God calls us to. A life of Love.

If you want to accept this gift of a new heart from God, pray this prayer:

Father, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for me, and that You raised
him from the dead for me. I accept the gift of a new heart in Christ.
Jesus is Lord! He is my lord, and You have made him Lord, on my behalf, over
all things. I accept your Holy Spirit into my heart, to move and lead me
toward my new life of love. I claim it in Jesus' Name. Thank you.

If you prayed this prayer, and would like to, you can send me mail here, and let me know that I have a new brother or sister in the family of God.