Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 29 (The Heart, Part 5: “Does Jesus Come Into My Heart? Or Not?”)

By admin On April 15th, 2016

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 29

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The Heart, Part 5: “Does Jesus Come Into My Heart? Or Not?”

To read Part 1, click here… April 20th (The Heart: Treasure Chest of the Mind!)

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A radio question/answer program featured two biblical authorities who were authors of a book on Bible doctrine.

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During the program, a caller made the following statement…“People who ask Jesus to “come into my heart” are badly misled by this false notion! Actually, as Ezekiel, Chapter 26 reveals, the Lord gives us a new heart!”

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And of course, these two Bible authorities fully agreed with the caller.

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Announcer with microphone – svg – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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THE NEW HEART EXPERIENCE

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So what is it? Obviously, Ezekiel 36:26 plainly declares…“A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

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And so, the caller and the Bible authorities were at least half correct. God does say that He will take away our “stony heart”, and give us, “a heart of flesh”.

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Now of course, from a careful reading of this verse, it must be concluded that God here is speaking metaphorically, since we do not actually have a literal “stony heart”, nor does He give us an actual “heart of flesh.”

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“COME INTO MY HEART, LORD JESUS?”

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Now, in other devotionals, it was declared that the heart is another name for the mind, since the Bible often speaks of the thoughts of the heart.

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But back to this radio talk-show notion that it is improper to say, “Jesus, come into my heart!”, because God actually says, “a new heart also will I give you”.

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Announcer with microphone – svg – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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“FOR YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD”

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Is it true? Are these talk show authorities correct? Is it truly improper to ask the Lord to come into our heart?

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Well, the first verse that comes to mind is found in 2nd Corinthians 6:16…“for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

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Here it is revealed that God does indeed dwell in the heart of Believers.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place within the heart – Signs Of Heaven

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anna_Blunden_-_%22For_Only_One_Short_Hour%22_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg“THE HIDDEN MAN OF THE HEART”

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Listen to this next passage…“Likewise, ye wives…Whose adorning…let it be the hidden Man of the heart…” 1st Peter 3:1, 4 (condensed for brevity)

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Here it is revealed that Jesus does indeed live in a Believer’s heart (via the Holy Spirit).

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Prayer – Anna Blunden – For Only One Short Hour – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6tag_250316-124351.jpg“I (Jesus) in them (Believers), and Thou (the Father) in Me (Jesus)”

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Now listen to just one more verse regarding Jesus in our heart…“I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one.” John 17:23

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Now from these three passages, it becomes evident that Jesus does come into a Believer’s heart, through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

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Cross of Jesus Christ – cropped photo – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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IS IT WRONG TO ASK JESUS INTO OUR HEART?

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpgAnd so, is it wrong to ask Jesus into our heart?

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After all, when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a person’s heart, that person has been given a new heart. And Jesus now dwells in that person’s heart.

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And so, asking Jesus into our heart is virtually the same thing as receiving a new heart.

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It is all accomplished at the same time when the Holy Spirit begins to abide in that person’s heart.

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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AS USUAL, CHERRY-PICKING FAVORITE VERSES

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The big problem is that these Bible authorities are cherry-picking the Bible verses they like, while ignoring the verses they do not like.

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God does not literally give us a new brain, the moment we become saved. There is no physical literal organ transplanted into us.

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But by virtue of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we receive a new mind (heart) in which our thoughts and intents are now completely new.

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And Jesus and His Father are now dwelling within our hearts, by that same Holy Spirit.

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GOOD NEWS: JESUS COMES INTO OUR NEW HEART!

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The bottom line is, there is nothing in the Bible which advocates a person to ask Jesus into his or her heart.

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But neither is there anything in Scripture which advocates a person asking God to give him or her a new heart.

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But both these two events happen simultaneously when the Holy Spirit comes to live and abide in the heart of a new Christian.

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Beware of dogma – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to study my Bible for my own self, and stop allowing others to poison me with unbiblical ideas…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven) or you can also read this shorter article…January 10th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE SWINE: “LUST OF THE FLESH”

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“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1st John 2:16

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This article will introduce this third beast-like face, inscribed in the Moon: a swine. And it will be shown that the three beast-like faces in the Moon, represent the concept taught in the above verse concerning “the lust of the flesh…the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”.

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It has become apparent that the second face in the Moon, besides appearing as a wolf-like beast, also appears as a Swine. Let’s explore this concept, for a moment. First of all, when a person sees the second face up in the sky, it’s arguable whether or not it looks like a swine.

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But it must be conceded that the photos do indeed make it appear as if this character has a “sawed-off” snout like a swine. And of course, a swine is spoken of quite frequently in Scripture.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Moon Into Blood: Addendum to 2nd Face: The Swine Eater

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TOMORROW…

March 1 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 10: “Longevity Is Worthless…In This World!”)

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This recording #195, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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