A New Year. A New Heart: Day 5

I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.  Psalm 119:112
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Romans 6:15

When I was a kid my parents defined obedience for me what seemed like 5 times a day, and here is how they defined it.  “Obedience is doing what you’re told, when you’re told, with a right heart attitude.”  God has given us specific instructions in black and white about what His will is for us.  He wrote it in His Word.  Of course, we don’t have to obey those who are not in authority over us.  But no one can accurately say that God isn’t their authority.  He is in charge.  He is the ultimate and final authority, and as He has given us the Bible, it is our ultimate and final authority as well.  What God says, we ought to do.

The question for us today is this- Are we being obedient to what God has told us to do!

A New Year. A New Heart: Day 4

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a
contrite spirit.  Psalm 34:18
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Psalm 51:17

We’ve been talking about what it means to have a heart that pleases God  in this new year.  If we want to please God we must know what displeases Him.  God is displeased sin.  It goes against his very nature.  When our hearts are content with sin, then we find ourselves in a dangerous place.
Psalm 34:18 literally says that God comes near to the person who has a heart that hates sin.  He saves the one who is quick to seek forgiveness and change.  Psalm 51:17 says that God is pleased with our brokenness over sin more than the sacrifices we make to Him.


div>Is there a sin your life?  Are you ok with it?  If you want your heart to be new this year, you’ve got to repent of it.  Turn from your sin.  Ask God for forgiveness.  He’ll forgive you!

A New Year. A New Heart: Day 3

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
Psalm 24:3-5

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8

If we want to have a new heart in the new year we must recognize what God wants our hearts to be like.  Today we learn that God wants our hearts to be pure.  What’s important to know is that we can’t completely do that on our own.  God has to clean our hearts, but we’ve got to do our part.

What are some ways we can keep our hearts pure before God?