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A New Hard Drive
2/23/2018

‘For the hearts of this people have grown dull.  Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ Matthew 13:15 (NKJV)

Have you ever had your hard drive crash on your computer?  It can be a true test for seeing how your body copes with critical incident stress.  As amazing as a computer is, it is not without its own set of limitations and resulting issues. Let’s face it; a computer with a faulty hard drive doesn’t have a whole lot to offer, even though it still has all the buttons, the screen, and accessories, it will do us no good.  So, we have only one option if we are to get our computer working properly, and this is to replace our hard drive by transplanting a new one where the old one once was. 

In some ways I think our hearts are much like the hard drive on our computers — without a properly working heart, we aren’t really capable of doing the things we were created for.  This can apply to our hearts working physically, and with regards to how they may be working spiritually as well.  After all, there are millions of hearts beating perfectly fine throughout the world, but they are still not working properly, as many contain the corrupted virus of sin. 

In the book of Ezekiel we can see God speaking to the stubborn people of Israel about this very thing.  In essence, God was telling them their hearts were no good — they were not working properly.  And so He proposes a heart transplant. 

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NKJV)

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we confess our sin and turn from it, we are now born again.  It is at this time when God exchanges our old rebellious hearts of stone in exchange for a sensitive heart of flesh (Jer. 31:33).  

Q: Does this mean we will not have problems with our new heart (hard drive)? 

Our hearts will always be susceptible to the virus of sin, so we must always utilize God’s virus protector consisting of our mind, coupled with His Word along with the Holy Spirit to filter each and every thought (John 16:13; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Phil. 4:8). 

A sound heart is life to the body, Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Keep your heart (hard drive) healthy by knowing the truth of God’s Word.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 14:30 what will a sound heart provide for us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you screening your thoughts through the filter of God’s Word to make sure your heart does not get infected?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and get rid of anything coming against the truth contained in the Bible. 

PRAYER:  Father, thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me in all truth.  Help me to discern what I should be thinking upon and what I should be getting rid of.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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