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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Heart Transplant

“26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 King James Version).

Research says that in heart transplants, one of the most significant risks is rejection of a donor heart. Our body’s immune system may see the donor heart as a foreign object and try to reject it. What keeps our soul (mind, will, & emotions), our body, our flesh from rejecting the new heart GOD has given us?

Paul reminds us about the sinful nature of our flesh in the book of Romans:

“18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.” (Romans 7:18-20 New Living Translation).

If nothing good lives in our sin nature, our flesh, our soul, if we don’t do the good we want to do, but we do the bad thing we don’t want to do because of sin living in us; then how do we receive the heart of GOD? How do we accept it? We, who are believers, had a conversion moment. We heard the word of GOD and were drawn to act on what we heard, confessing with our mouths that Jesus is LORD, and believing in our hearts that He died for our sins and was raised from the dead; and we were saved (Romans 10:9-10).

Once we were saved, we received the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit became, among other things, our regulator. “17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.” (Galatians 5:17 New Revised Standard Version). Sometimes we want to do what the flesh wants to do, but the Spirit tells us that we should not. And, when we want to follow the Spirit, the flesh is right there fighting to get us to do what it wants. It is this struggle that keeps us in check. The more we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit over the flesh, the more we will be in line with GOD’s will for our lives; the more we will be able to fully receive the new heart HE has given us.

“27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:27 KJV). When GOD put HIS Holy Spirit in us, HE said that HE will cause us to walk in HIS ways. The word cause, as it is used in this verse, in Hebrew means a number of things, but its main meaning is to labor or work on. GOD’s Spirit works on us constantly. He tells us and shows us how to obey GOD. Our job is to listen and follow.

“6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 KJV). The good work that GOD started in us when we first believed; HE will carry it on to fruition all of our days. The Holy Spirit is our promise and evidence of this.

“26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 KJV). Jesus reminds us that the same Spirit GOD spoke of giving us in Ezekiel 36 has now been realized because Jesus died and rose for us. Once Jesus left, the Holy Spirit came.

The Holy Spirit keeps our flesh at bay so that our new hearts and the Holy Spirit Himself is not rejected by us. We receive and embrace these gifts because we have become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). Praise GOD for HIS love for us! May we forever walk in the Spirit constantly doing the will of GOD with thanksgiving and praise on our lips. In Jesus’ name.

“4 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 16:4 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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