God’s “Heartometer” in Man
Excerpts from a sermon on GENTLENESS
DATE: 31st May 2009
Church: Champions Pariah, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edmonton, AB Canada
Minister: Joseph Agbi
Bible Nugget 0601 [Ezekiel 11:19]
19And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
The world has become so scientific that a lot of things are measured by instruments. For example, in a good auto diagnostic centre they you could be told how much life is left of your car engine. By using instruments you can tell whether the engine is brand new or it is so bad that it is at the verge of “knocking” or completing breaking down. Similarly, meteorologist measures atmospheric pressure by a barometer, a doctor measures blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer [simply called blood pressure monitor]. These are all in the physical world we live in.
In the spiritual, the gauge for measuring how much divine life is inside a man is the heart. God measures how good the heart he put in man is by the level of good things that heart generates. God’s measures “good” and “evil” by a standard heart, or new heart he put in man [the perfect heart or what in a term the Holy Spirit ministered to me called the “heartometer”]. If it generates good things such as the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace gentleness being some of them, that heart is performing well. Jesus speaking to the Pharisees said in Matt 12:34b-35
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Everybody has the capacity to receive a new heart from God. A perfect heart like the one in Adam and Eve before the fall in the garden of Eden. Every good gift and perfect gift comes from God and the heart is one great gift because the spirit of God makes a clean heart his dwelling place.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
When you become born again, you receive this regenerated heart created for righteousness as said in the book of Ezekiel
2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Even after making a decision to follow Christ, you need to continue to make that heart to produce good and not evil. To do this you need to walk in the spirit [or following the leading of the Holy Spirit]. In fact, the Holy Spirit is there to help you succeed and live a victorious Christian life. The malfunctioning heartometer begins to function and receive signals from the Holy Spirit. You begin to want to please God by making good choices and not bad choices. When we walk in the spirit, we will not walk in the flesh. You life begin to produce the fruit as you become more mature and become more sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. You begin to bear the fruit of the spirit. It begins to ripen. People begin to see you and see Christ. All these because your heartometer is producing good and not evil.
Prayer Points 0601
Pray the following prayers meaningfully and with all seriousness.
- Oh Lord, lead me in your path of righteousness. Let my heart be a place where you Holy Spirit loves to reside. Fellowship with me in your spirit and power in Jesus name.
- Lord Jesus, Let your overpowering light overpower me just as it did the apostle Paul on the way to Damascus and he never remained the same again in Jesus Name.
- Holy Spirit, make my heart to churn out tons of good things. Evil will not dwell in my heart and I will not compromise with evil things or evil men in the name of Jesus.
- Oh Lord, let the blessedness of the man who walks in the counsel of the godly be mine today in Jesus Name.