We have good news. God has made a promise to us and has entered into an agreement with us through the amazing work of Jesus. Our hearts are good. This is stunning because daily, minute by minute, our enemy lies to us causing us to believe it is not true.
I must get this in my core. I have been given a new heart through the gift Jesus has given me. It is true. Do I believe it? Do I act like I believe it?
God has called us to do amazing things but they can’t be done if we live in guilt and shame. God will not seem good. He will seem aloof.
God speaks to us in our heart. He can do this because he has given us a new heart, free and clean from guilt.
Do we believe God? Do we know our hearts are good? What would our life look like if we lived that reality every minute of every day?
Well, tell them this, ‘This is your Message from God, the Master. True, I sent you to the far country and scattered you through other lands. All the same, I’ve provided you a temporary sanctuary in the countries where you’ve gone. I will gather you back from those countries and lands where you’ve been scattered and give you back the land of Israel. You’ll come back and clean house, throw out all the rotten images and obscene idols. I’ll give you a new heart. I’ll put a new spirit in you. I’ll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscled heart. Then you’ll obey my statutes and be careful to obey my commands. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God! (Ezekiel 11:15-17)
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. (Luke 6:44-45)
The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:15)