And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live…  “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’  But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. —Deuteronomy 30: 6, 11-14

A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.  No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. —Romans 2:28-29

Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” —John 14:21

For concerning the righteousness that is by the law, Moses writes: “The man who does these things will live by them.”  But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down)  or, ‘Who will descend into the Abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved… Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. —Romans 10:5-10. 13

            Is your “heart” changed?  Do you have a new heart?  Is it a soft heart and not a hard heart?  Is it a heart for God and not for self?  Has there truly been change on your inside, the real you who dwells in this temporary tent of a body?  Has there been a change of heart about sin, the world system and the flesh?  Is your thinking and acting affected by this heart change?  What goes on with the inner man is really what counts— it is really who you and I are.  Anybody can put on a front, a façade which outwardly appears to be one way, but is not what a person truly is on the inside.   

            When a heart change truly takes place then that changed person will truly love God and loving God is to seek to obey Him and do His will.  “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person” (I John 2:4).  Words and actions will consistently match in those who have hearts that are truly changed.  They will proclaim His Word so that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  

Dear Father, thank You for the changed heart You have given me.  I am grateful for the life You have given me.  Oh, how different this life would have been if You hadn’t changed my heart.  May I finish this race with a heart fixed on Jesus and by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

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