Do you know your first God given right (Part 4)? We’ve seen that God gave us the right to choose from the very beginning, in Eden. So why do we make the choices that lead to sin? One reason is “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiates8:11KJV). God, in His mercy, does not sit and wait for us to make a mistake and an opportunity to strike us down. On the contrary, He is pleading with us through the Holy Spirit to “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel18:30KJV). God will not force His will upon us. He want us to choose to do His will because we love Him and choose the new heart experience.
A new heart will not keep us from sinning. Adam and Eve had the newest hearts, the first, made by God Himself and yet they sinned. Why? Because God loved them so much that He gave them the freedom to choose just like He does for you and for me. The new heart experience is to submit ourselves to God and allow Him to mold and fashion our will. See, our heart has a natural propensity to sin. Our will is our freedom of choice. When we seek to do God’s will and seek Him for guidance by asking “Lord, what would you have me to do?” and then “wait on the Lord” (Psalms27:14KJV), He will guide and direct us. So we pray, “teach me thy will” (Psalms86:11KJV), “Lead me in thy truth and teach me” (Psalms25:5KJV).
Then, and only then, by putting all of our trust and completely surrendering our will (choices) to His will, can we really have that new heart experience. These are the things that Enoch, Elijah and Moses did during their time on earth. Enoch walked with God and God took Him (Genesis5:24KJV). Moses talked with God face to face (Exodus33:11KJV). Elijah listened to God (1Kings19:11-12KJV). We can choose to do the same (Phillipians4:13KJV).
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