14. Accepting a New Heart
Please remember to pray before reading!
Yesterday we learned that just as the invisible wind blows, so the Holy Spirit works powerfully in our lives, to change us for the better. As we allow God to do His cleansing work in us, we become new creatures in Christ. God gives us new motives and new interests. There is an obvious difference. The entire focus of our lives changes. We are born again.
2 Corinthians 5:17 In Christ, we become totally new; old things pass away.
John 3:8 The Spirit working in our lives is invisible, but the results are obvious.
Galatians 5:22, 23 The fruits of the Spirit will appear in the life of those who are born again.
1 Peter 3:4 God wants us to focus on the inward adorning, not on externals.
1 John 4:8,10 True love comes from God, as He is the source.
Hebrews 10:16 God wants to write His law on our hearts.
1 John 5:3 We reveal our love to God by our willing obedience to His commandments.
Ephesians 2:8 We are saved by grace through faith.
James 2:17 Our genuine works in response to love reveal that we do indeed have true faith.
1 John 2:3-6 We can tell if our conversion is genuine if it leads us to obey Gods commandments.
1 Peter 2:21 Jesus is our example in all things, even in being willing to suffer for His sake.
Galatians 2:20 Self must die, so that it no longer controls us. Christ is to live in us, and direct our lives.
James 2:19 Mere belief is not enough; it must be a deeper faith that operates by love.
Psalm 119:97 When we are born again, we have a new love for God's law; it becomes our daily meditation.
Romans 8:1 Being in Christ means that the Holy Spirit in control of our lives.
1 John 2:1 If we sin, we have an advocate in Jesus. He intercedes for us.
People can try to impress others with their good behavior even without an inward change. It may look good, but if the motives have not been changed, its based on selfishness. How can we tell if we are genuinely born again? Lets ask ourselves these heart-searching questions.