(Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, Hebrews 10:22, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:25-38, Psalms 51:10, Jeremiah 24:7, Acts 2:17, Jeremiah 32:39-41, Luke 7:38)
Heart. Mind. Brain.
While ancient generations referred to it as the heart, the modern generation refer to it as the mind/brain. In the same way, scientists call it our memory (our brain). So now we practically conclude that it is the brain (scientific discovery may still alter that knowledge in the future). Whatever we call it, we are still talking about the seat of our imaginations and perception. And the Bible calls it the heart. It is the seat of our thoughts. Our thoughts dictate our actions. Our actions control our lives. Despite that it is the result of our actions and inactions. Most times we become helpless in its grips. What influence it are our experience (good or bad), our surroundings, our knowledge (gained or lost), feelings and interactions with those we like or dislike. Whichever combinations we go with, ultimately, the genes inherited from Adam form the platforms for these manipulations.
When someone says we are good, they literally assume that our hearts are good. When they say we are wicked or corrupt, they assume our hearts are corrupt. Who we were, who we are, who we will be and significantly what we do, will determine where we will spend eternity. Again, it will dictate how we will spend eternity. We can make it to heaven yet with few or abundant treasures as our rewards. It all depends on how our heart has instructed us during our journey on the earth. The way our hearts think is who God takes us to be. We inherited a corrupt heart from Adam through his gene. It would have been a better story if Adam started procreation before his fall, we would have had generations that inherit Godliness from him. Alas, he began procreating after his fall, when the good knowledge of God’s Godliness has left him. So, all we inherit from him is a corrupt, disobedient, and wicked heart of a prodigal son. The first issue after this was Cain, we know who he one day became. Do you know that the Adamic heart that guided Cain to kill Abel because of jealousy, also guided King David to kill Uriah because of Bathsheba.
When the Bible says,
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5 KJV).
(Jeremiah 17:9 KJV)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
(Matthew 15:19 KJV)
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies
(Rom 3:10-12 KJV)
- As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one
Until the Holy Spirit works on us, we cannot boast of heaven at last. Even after the Holy Spirit gives us new hearts we cannot relent from this humble cry. The day a Christian boastfully count himself to be Heavenly bound by all standards, that day his fall begins. All the Godliness in us is God’s own and he behold the proud and boastful from afar off.
After David realized with the help of God’s chastisement how terribly wicked his heart was, he cried out in Psalms 51:10, “create in me a new heart Oh Lord and renew a right Spirit in me.” I have cried out many times and shall continue to do so till I see my Lord, face to face. You should also, continually.
The heart of man is desperately wicked who shall know it? That is your heart, that is my heart. Without the surgical knife of the Lord, we cannot help ourselves. The inquities we commit are accounted to us as our Adamic inheritance, until we get to Calvary, where Jesus died for us. Then we can be saved.
Can we lose our salvation after being saved? Yes, we can. God forbids, in Jesus name.
Only the wrong doctrine of the “once saved, forever saved” will tell you that you only need this prayer once to make heaven. No, it is what we must continually and consciously hold on to till we lay down our sword at Jesus feet, beholding His eternal glory. Many came to Jesus genuinely but became weary or deceived. Some lost the new heart Jesus gave them because the devil made them to think that God disappointed them and they backslided to follow the devil.
So, we cannot afford to be careless with our salvation. Please, as we press on in Christ, watch out for these signs, not being faithful with personal Bible study, becoming cold in the place of personal prayers, and compromising ones stand in Jesus. When these walls of defence become weak, “common sins” creep in, then “uncommon sins” surface, and without repentance one loses one’s salvation. This will not be our portion in Jesus name. Amen. We may need to stop here for us to be personal with God with our cry for a clean heart, genuinely wetting Jesus’ feet, as Mary did with a sincere cry for a clean heart.
(Luke 7:38 KJV)
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
1) Oh Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right Spirit in me, in Jesus name.
2) Father, take away my stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh, in Jesus name.
3) Lord, release the grace of steadfastness into me, in Jesus name.
4) Lord, use me for the salvation of others, in Jesus name.
5) Father, I will not be a stumbling stone or snare to others, in Jesus powerful name.