A Heart Transplant

Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2017

The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse
and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Jeremiah 17:9a (Amplified)
Jesus had the most trouble with those people who presented purity to the public, while harboring
secret sins in the heart. He called them white-washed tombs. Painted white every so often they
shone in the sun, and belied the decay, rot and death inside. They were the religious folk who
kept the letter of the law, gave God lip service but their hearts were diseased and far from Him.
(Mark 7:6) Jesus brought to vivid illustration the meaning of the deceitful heart. It was this inside
decay that came out of their mouths and polluted them.
You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For out of the
fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34
The trouble is that we are really good at pointing the finger at others and are blind to our
own deceiving heart. We are all in this same condition and in need of a heart transplant. What
Jesus wanted then and what He wants now is for us to agree with Him: we have rotten hearts
inside. He already knows our condition. He is not waiting to punish us but to love and forgive us.
Every bit of punishment that we earned through sin, Jesus took on the cross. Once we come out
of our shrouded denial, and confess our sin, then He can proceed with the heart transplant.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9
It is not a matter of a one-time transaction. For that wicked heart to remain cleansed, pure
and alive, it takes a daily regiment.
If we walk in the light, as He (God, the Father) is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son continuously cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
A clean heart. A new heart. That sounds really nice.
Read 1 John 1
Prayer focus: “Confess” is the greek word “homologeo” that means “to agree with God”. What
in your life do you need to agree with God about? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you. He will.
Then agree with Him.