Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015 “A Heart Transplant”

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.”              (Mark 7: 21-22)

Good Morning Everyone!

Most of you are aware of the stunning news that came out of Virginia yesterday when a young news reporter, the guest she was interviewing, and her cameraman were brazenly gunned down on live television. Two people dead, one seriously wounded, a family devastated, a community shaken to its core, and a nation reeling from yet another senseless act of violence. Add to that the all-too-familiar reports of acts of terror perpetrated on a global scale, and one doesn’t have to stretch the imagination too far to acknowledge that there is a great deal of evil in the world. Even the most cynical of individuals who reject the notion of the existence of God would have to agree that evil manifests itself in many forms on a daily basis. As Jesus himself said, ““For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” 

Years ago, in a church I served in Pennsylvania, I had an ongoing “debate” with one of my parishioners as to the natural state of humanity…whether people, in their hearts, were basically good or basically evil. The Bible is unequivocal in its assessment. Through the prophet Jeremiah, God declared  “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” At the core of our being, from the time of our birth, evil dwells within us. We are born with a deadly sin condition which is destined to destroy us. It is relentless. It is lethal. There is only one cure available to us. That cure is not good deeds that outweigh the wicked things we have said or done. No amount of “goodness” will save us from sin’s effect. It can’t be healed by any earthly physician, no matter how skilled they happen to be. The only One who can cure us is the One who fashioned us…the One in whose image we were created, The only cure is through a “heart transplant” by the Great Physician who says ,

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  (Ezekiel 36:26)

Sin’s only cure is not going to be accomplished by new gun laws or any legislative action. It won’t be stamped out by a strong military or through building a fence on the boarder. It won’t happen through a treaty or tolerance or even a personal attitude adjustment. As we ask the question that was asked of Peter on the day of Pentecost,“What must we do to be saved? we note his response: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”  We need a heart transplant, and the surgeon we need to perform that operation is the Lord Jesus Christ, who broke the deadly power of sin by bearing it’s deadly consequences on the cross on our behalf. Repent! Believe! Live! Let’s pray!

It is to You, Mighty Lord, that we cry out. We live in a world replete with sin. We understand that sin dwells within the unrepentant heart…our heart…and we confess as much and seek your healing power. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” This I pray in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen!

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