Restoration of the Heart

In my reading this morning, I came across a chapter that caught my eye as it relates to the heart, our hearts. I have taught on the heart several times before but wanted to make a few comments here today if I may.

The passage is in Jeremiah 24. This chapter is dealing with the two figs. God is talking to Jeremiah abut these two figs. One fig is good and the other is evil as the bible puts it. The good fig is what I wanted to discuss.

God is talking to Jeremiah about the restoration of Israel (the good fig).

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

In looking this verse, I want you to notice several things. The first is: I, who is God, will give them “an heart to know me”…He will “give” them a heart…

Now the 2nd thing I want you to notice is the contingent factor. That being “for”, meaning they did something to quality for this new heart….

The third and last thing I want you see is what they had to do. They had to give God their “whole” heart…not part, but whole.

God desires our hearts! If He’s got your heart, He has you. If you give God your whole heart, you can be perfect before Him! Do Not equate, perfection with sinlessness. It’s not the same. God tells us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). If you truly want to do what He tells us to do, that is perfection, because He will give you the ways and means to walk upright before Him. Make no mistake though, it’s not you doing it but Jesus Christ in you.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Always protect your heart. How do you do that?

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

breastplate of righteousness! What is behind that breastplate? YOUR HEART! How do you protect that heart? Through righteousness! What is righteousness? Doing what is right before the Lord, accordingly to His Word. NOT what you think is right but what the Word of God says.

He loves us so much that He has provided a way for us to be protected from the attacks of the Devil.

We have all we need in Jesus Christ. YOU have to have Jesus Christ! There is no other way under heaven by which can be saved.

Praise The Lord!

God Bless you everyone,

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