Journal Entry ~ 01/19/18

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. - Ezekiel 36:26-27

Scripture has much to say about our hearts and why we need a new one. Jeremiah 17:9 is probably the most we’ll known verse: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick. When considering all the deceitful things of this world, the heart is above them all. We want to believe our hearts are good, we try to convince others that our hearts are good, but the reality is that’s a lie. Our hearts are not good on their own. As humans, we have a tendency to lie to ourselves. More often than not, we are fooled by our own hearts, unwilling to see and accept the truth about ourselves. 

It’s can be hard to admit we have a problem we cannot solve on our own. It’s so much easier to point the finger out instead of in toward ourselves. We convince ourselves that our anger is justified because of the flawed people in our lives, or our lack of patience is because of poor planning or the character of the people around us. Many of us want to blame our sin on the fallen world around us. We excuse away our behavior as someone else’s fault, or we play the victim of our circumstances. We point to a boss we don’t like or a difficult husband, some injustice against us or a long day to excuse away our behavior. But the Bible is quite clear. We all from the same problem - none of us can escape it. It’s not the people or situations in our lives that causes our behavior. It’s us. 

As discouraging as all that is to read, our God knows the problem and has offered a rescue. He removes the deceitful heart and replaces it with a new heart. Any goodness displayed in us comes from the new heart He offers. It is that new heart that makes it possible for us to live as He designed us to live. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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