New Hearts

When we accept Jesus for who He is, not just some nice guy who did amazing things way back when, but as our Redeemer, our Lord and Savior, He gives us a new heart and a new spirit. He throws away the old rock-hard stubborn heart and replaces it with a new merciful and teachable heart. That is an amazing thing!

However, we must guard this new amazing heart because it is not only good that is in newheartthe world there is also evil.  The god of evil, satan, wants back in our heart to do his work. He will do whatever he can to take out the goodness and put ugliness in its place. He will try to make our softened heart bitter and hateful. He wants us to reflect his image not the image of our Lord Jesus.

When we sin satan wins. When we confess and repent he loses. These are battles that are fought every day. But we are not without resources and help in these battles. The Spirit is in our hearts, a fellow warrior who will not be conquered, who fights along with us who will not relinquish his hold on our hearts. Sadly, we still sin and the fights go on and on.But with Jesus at our side, we stand guard over our hearts and have victories. We could not do this by ourselves. Thankfully, the Spirit does not tire or give up, He stands strong and shares His strength with us.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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2 Corinthians 1:21 hcs

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We have been anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and are in Christ.
And like the Apostle Paul we are made steadfast by God ‘s grace.
It doesn’t matter who we are; rich or poor, famous or unknown,
beautiful or plain, intellectual or silly, or anything in between.
God sees beyond mere appearances to our hearts.
He blesses and strengthens all who are abiding in Christ.

When you feel weak where do you find strength?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

Matthew 4:1 niv

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because we have been baptized and have received the Holy Spirit
we will be very surprised in our day to day lives.
How we respond to the temptations is up to us.
We have the help we need to pass the test every time
we just have to listen to the Teacher.

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

1 John 2:27b nlt

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If we listen to the Spirit’s teaching we will learn and mature,
we will grow closer to Jesus and make our home with Him.
If we drift or walk away from Christ we will end up 
in a place that we are not meant to be.
Without fellowship with Jesus, we are nowhere.

Have you given thought to where you are and why?
Have you thought about where you want to be and why?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Ephesians 6:18 niv

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We are to have attentiveness to prayer that is constant,
yielding to the Spirit in simple surrender;
quick to act at His discretion and determination.

I am stubborn and letting go is not easy for me even in prayer.
However, I have learned without surrender there is no victory.

Who is in charge when you pray?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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