Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Ephesians 4:29-31
The Holy Spirit lives in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the seal of our redemption. It is the Holy Spirit and a pure heart that will allow us entrance into the new heaven and the new earth. God has already replaced our old waxed cold hearts with His heart (Ezekiel 11:19). I know that sounds harsh but, it is what it the truth. Before being born again our hearts were not pure – they were corrupt with the world because of our birth into sin. As born again believers we now have a new heart, a beautiful heart, a precious heart. Our hearts are so precious, that God chose our hearts as the resting place for the Holy Spirit. We will keep this beautiful manifestation by making declarations of life and speaking the Word of God like this:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalms 51:10-12 NKJV
Right relationship with the Holy Spirit PLUS a daily diet of God’s word… is the key.
He (the Holy Spirit) will cleanse our hearts. He (the Holy Spirit) will purify our hearts. He (the Holy Spirit) will keep our hearts strong. We will never grow faint. We will not be fearful of hurt. We will not be fearful of rejection. We will not be fearful of a lack of love. He (the Holy Spirit) will remove ALL FEAR from our hearts. We will be able to trust… people and God. Once again, our heart is His (the Holy Spirit’s) resting place. With this understanding, we must remain mindful of who we give access to our hearts. The word of God shares in Proverbs 4:23, for us to keep our hearts with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. In the past we may have given wrong access to the wrong forces – the wrong people and the wrong things - which in turn will cause a heart to go in the wrong direction. This type of access results in death instead of life – death in our relationship with God.
It is time for us to experience life in every area of our lives. The word of God along with the teaching of the Holy Spirit keeps our hearts protected. The condition of our heart is important in the acceptance of the new life with all its beautiful benefits. As we allow the Holy Spirit access - give Him permission to monitor our hearts on a daily basis - we will live and experience life more abundantly. Most importantly we will experience God’s peace.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Be quick to repent. It is important to repent.
Repentance was the open door for the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts. The word of God and the Spirit of God keeps us pure – inside and out. Be quick to repent - thoughts, motives, intents, actions … and just the obvious ways we depart from the flow of the Spirit of truth into the spirit of error. When we do not cultivate a lifestyle of asking God to forgive us when we have made a mistake, we begin to nurture and feed an evil nature. Our hearts become harder and in a state of greater deception. This is a dangerous place to be - specifically, the Holy Spirit no longer has access to a heart that is in error or deceived. The part the enemy loves is when we do not see that we have fallen to this place. But, this is where repentance comes in… there is no need to wonder if you are right with God. We have a mouth to make it right by simply saying, “I am sorry Father, I repent – forgive me, in Jesus’name.”
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
I am mindful that the precious, gentle – yet powerful, Holy Spirit is the seal of our redemption. With this revelation it is key for us to allow Him CONSTANT access to our hearts for now and the time to come. He is our access to eternity. TLW