Articles by Stan Dean

Do You Need A Change Of Heart?

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The heart is spoken of hundreds of times in the Bible, but mostly in a figurative way. For example, Solomon penned the familiar passage: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). But usually when the heart is spoken of figuratively, the emphasis is on its condition.


Just as a healthy physical heart is essential to our physical well-being, a healthy spiritual heart is essential to our spiritual well-being. So, we need to keep a regular check on both our physical and spiritual heart. If either gets out of rhythm, problems are soon to follow.


For example, when David committed adultery with Bathsheba, which then snowballed into other sins, his heart was defiled and was no longer in rhythm with the will of God. So, when he repented he petitioned, “Create in me a new heart, O God…” (Psalm 51:10). David knew in order to receive forgiveness he had to have a change of heart.


Also consider, when Old Testament Israel allowed their hearts to be turned to idolatry, God prescribed this remedy: “Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31). Again, it was made clear that a change of heart was vital in getting right with Him.


Perhaps today is a good day for you and me to get a spiritual heart checkup. The Doctor is in- - and there is no waiting! All we have to do is open up the Bible and we immediately get a one-on-one consultation with the Great Physician. Through the scriptures we get to listen to His heart after which ours was fashioned. Further, we get an on-the-spot assessment of our heart’s condition.
It may be that your heart is healthy. If so, great! However, it may be that you need a change of heart. If so, I pray that you will follow The Doctor’s orders!


“Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).


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