Two Hearts in One Believer
Illustrating a Truth of Our New Identity
All scripture citations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, God—who is always true to His Word—placed a new heart and a new nature within us (Ezekiel 36:26). We are already just like Jesus deep down at the core of our being! However, the person we are now has to keep choosing moment by moment to stay surrendered, submitted and committed to the Lord for that New Creation to be raised to the surface; otherwise the heart of the old nature takes over (Jeremiah 17:9).
The "old man" (our former self) comes back to life and we end up living stressed-up and grace-less, far below our true inheritance. But just let your new heart fully surrender all things to Jesus at all times and you will watch in amazement as that "little" David—the New Creation you fortified by Christ in you—takes down the Goliath of your old ways every time.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have been crucified with Christ… it is no longer I who live, but Christ & hellip; lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 AMP
Father, as a New Creation I cannot define myself by anything less than who I now am in Christ without damaging my self-image, security, sense of worth and purpose. I will therefore accept no lesser definitions of who I am: I am a New Creation with a new heart and a new spirit. I will no longer regard myself according to the flesh—by believing that any of my old ways are the real me. But I will need Your help recognizing and resisting my old ways that don’t match up with the new me. Some of them are giants! Grant me the courage and faith of David to take those Goliaths down as I repent, call on Your Name and look to You to lead me into the new life.
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