A New Heart – August 25, 2014

I remember a few years back as the lady at the motor vehicle desk asked me…”if I’d like to donate my organs…my first thought was…depends on how soon you want them.”

Someone somewhere decided to donate their heart if something happened to them. Today, that heart is beating in the former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Doctors of course, had done everything else science can do to save and extend his life since his first heart attack at the age of 37 – stents, bypasses, an implanted defibrillator. But now, at over 70, his life probably depended on the ultimate solution – not a heart repair but a totally new heart.

Right now, there are probably 3,000 Americans whose lives depend on getting a new heart. Their average wait for one to become available is somewhere between six months and a year. Dick Cheney had to wait 20 months for his.

Every day – somewhere in the world – people are getting a new heart – made possible by a donor who died – and the miracle-working skill of a master heart surgeon. I know Him. He performed that miracle on me and on many of the people I love as well as on many people reading this blog today.

The Surgeon is God Himself. The donor? Well, that’s Jesus. It took His dying for me to have the spiritual heart transplant that changed everything.

In the Bible in Ezekiel 36 beginning in verse 25, God made a promise to all of us who know all too well the darkness that lives in our heart. He said, “I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols (all those things
that push God to the edge). I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh…you will be My people, and I will be your God.”

I have talked to couples whose hearts had turned hard over the years of a difficult marriage. But then watch as their face just lit up as they would explain how Jesus had given them a “heart transplant” with a new love for each other – and a new marriage. Only the Master Heart Surgeon can do that.

One of God’s prophets provided a revealing “spiritual EKG” of the heart behind all of our actions: “The heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9 – NLT). Out of our spiritually diseased hearts come words that scar people for life…betrayal of the person we committed our life to…unthinking selfishness…cancerous anger and bitterness…and all kinds of darkness that poison our relationships, our reputation and our future.

Oh, we try a lot of things to get better – just like they did with Dick Cheney’s heart; however, all our resolutions and religion are temporary and unsuccessful fixes. Why? Because we need Dr. Jesus.  He had to die to make possible the new heart that’s our only hope of living right – and dying right. God tells us that “the blood of Jesus His Son purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 ). And that happens, not through being reformed, but by being transformed – from the inside out.

That’s the miracle that takes place when you recognize that Jesus – the Man who died for your sin and then birthed eternal life by walking out of His grave – is your only hope, and you tell Him that. When you put yourself in the hands of Dr. Jesus, He, in essence, implants a new spiritual heart with a love you never had before – a power to be the kind of person you’ve always wanted to be – and those you love need you to be – an ability to forgive, to break bondages, and to heal broken relationships.

When you have Jesus in you, He produces a new life you could never do on your own. Because He removes the guilt and penalty of every sin you’ve ever committed, He changes your destiny from hell to heaven.

Jesus’ new heart miracle can save a marriage, a family, a future, a soul. He did the dying so we would never have to. There’s no wait for your new heart. He’s been waiting for you to call.

If you know someone who needs to have a new heart miracle, please forward this devotion to them this morning, and pray that Dr. Jesus will do a brand new work in their heart.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry

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