We will now ask the question, ” IN THE BLESSINGS OF THE NEW COVENANT WHAT DOES A HEART OF FLESH THAT GOD PROMISED TO GIVE TO PLACE INSIDE US US LOOK LIKE? The answer lies in the hearts of man that needed change. A great change was needed.
WHAT IS A HEART OF FLESH?
- A Heart Inclined Towards Righteousness
- It is a “Truth Filled Heart
- A heart turned from foolish madness to wisdom
(4) It is soft and readily responds to God
THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT THERE WAS ALWAYS ONE TROUBLE. MAN’S HEART WAS NOT RIGHT WITH GOD. IN THE NEW COVENANT THE EVIL IS TO BE REMEDIED. ITS CENTRAL PROMISE IS A HEART DELIGHTING IN GOD’S LAW AND CAPABLE OF KNOWING AND HOLDING FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.
As I said … We are given a new disposition!
THE “ HAVE TO’S “ OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE HAVE BECOME THE “ I WANT TO’S” – BECAUSE GOD IS WRITING HIS LAW ON OUR HEARTS.
Jer 31 33 – But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
God has moved upon us in Christ so powerfully that the person of Jesus and our love for him becomes a consuming passion, and the truth of God’s Word inspires us with zeal and godly EMOTIONS to serve him.
As we experience, the power and reality of the New Covenant we don’t have to ” work up” a desire to serve God. We are motivated by God’s Spirit to delight and enjoy serving Him and doing his will.
The Tender Emotions In The Born Again Sons and Daughters
In the New Covenant we experience such tender and sweet emotions. The “ world” cannot even come close to experiencing the wonderful emotions and feelings we enjoy!
YOU CANNOT LIVE APART FROM FEELINGS! IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE FOR THE HUMAN MIND TO EVEN WORK APART FROM FEELINGS. VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING WE DO IN LIFE OUR AFFECTIONS INCLINE OUR WILL ,
TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. CONSISTS OF AFFECTION AND LOVE AND ZEAL FOR HIM,
Here are some scriptures that speak of beautiful and powerful emotions in a believer’s life …….
The Joy of The Lord
Num 8:10 – Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
1 Pet 1:8 – Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
The love of God
Rom 5:5 – hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Phil 4:7 – the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
But all this is the new set of desires that God has given us in the New Covenant. WE DON’T WORK FOR IT- WE USE IT!
SOME MORE NEW COVENANT TRUTHS
(1) THE DESIRE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD IS THE GIFT OF GOD!
Righteousness is INSTINCTIVE. The GIFT OF GOD. The desire to do the will of God is not something I have to work up. It is something I can ” fall back upon” and rely on.
Psalm 40: 8 – I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
Phil 2: 13 –
Many Christians have tried so hard and so long to try and ” work up something” , that God says. ” Guess what – WHEN YOU BECAME BELIEVER, I PUT IT RIGHT THERE!
,,,, that desire may be DEEP!
Rom 7 ……..DEEP
(1) YOU ALWAYS DESIRE TO TO ALL THE WILL OF GOD AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF YOUR BEING
Rom 7: 22, 23 – I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
The battle between the “ flesh and the spirit” is raging in this chapter. (Later Romans chapter 8 will show the power of The Holy Spirit giving victory). But notice, in Romans 7:22, the apostle says that he “ delights in the law of God according to the inward man”.
The word “ delight” in the original language of the bible is an extremely strong word!
- Note: Paul does not say on GOOD DAYS…
- Paul doe not say “WHEN I’M IN FELLOWSHIP” ..
- Paul does not say “MOST OF TIME”
- It’s a blanket statement! ALL THE TIME!
AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF MY BEING … AT THE CORE OF MY SOUL ….GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN ME NOT JUST THE POWER BUT ALSO THE DISPOSITION TO PLEASE HIM. DEEP WITHIN ME IS THE DESIRES TO DO WHATEVER THE WILL OF GOD REQUIRES IN THIS SITUATION TO HONOUR GOD
(3) THE HAVE TO NOW BCOME THE WANT TO’S BECAUSE GOD GIVES BOTH THE DESIRE AND THE POWER
( 1 John 5:3, Phil 2: 13, John 4:34)
OBEDIENCE IS INDULGING YOUR NEW NATURE, ( HAVING A FEAST)
MAN LOOKING AT CAKE – most CHRISTIANS SEE THE WILL OF GOD LIkE THAT
OUR TASTE BUDS HAVE BEEN SUPERNATURALLY INPLANTED
(4) THE SCRIPTURES CLARIFY IN MY MIND WHAT I ALREADY DESIRE TO DO IN MY REDEEMED HEART
WE READ THE SCRIPTURES AND ARE GETTING IN TOUCH WITH WHAT WE ALREADY DESIRE TO DO.
RELEASE THE REALITY
(5) YOU CAN TRUST THE REDEEMED HEART ……AND THE REDEEMED HEART OF OTHER BELIEVERS
It’s NOT …. what do I want to do – and THEN DO THE OPPOSSITE
(Psalm x: x) – DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART
OUR ROLE IS TO DRAW FORTH WHAT PEOPLE FUNDAMENTALLY DO WANT TO DO THOUGH SOMETIMES IT IS BLOCKED BY SIN AND INSANITY .
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