Castaway from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.Ezekiel 18:31
A new heart is now one who has changed his or her allegiance to God. It is getting rid of any idols out of our lives. It exercises obedience and the fear of God.
Verse on a new heart
No servant can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other, you cannot serve God and mammon. -Luke 16:13
Mammon is derived from wealth and love of money. Money isn’t evil per se, but loving money is the root of all evil.
Verse on a new spirit
Acts 2:38, “Repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When we have become born again, we are given a new spirit. We now indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:17, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new."
As a believer, we are given a new heart and a new spirit. Once we had a stony heart but God will remove it and replaced it with a heart made out of flesh.
The Power of The Cross
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[a] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[b] - Colossians 2:13-15
How can we determine if God has given a new heart and a new spirit?
- Our allegiance will change. Instead of living in rebellion against God, we have now realized our need for our savior in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The sin we used to practice before has now become less enjoyable. Our lifestyle will gradually change.
- We can now recognize by the leading of the Holy Spirit if our thoughts are ungodly.
- We are also convicted if we have spoken something negative or hurtful towards others. But the Spirit of God will correct us and will bring it into our mind.
Where does it all start?
Repentance is turning away from our sinful ways by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is a change of mind, that will ultimately will alter your behavior & lifestyle.
How to walk with God?
If we walk in the spirit of God, we will harvest life and peace and vice versa, if we walk according to the desires of our flesh, we will reap corruption and the end result will be death.
Salvation is a Process
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62
This illustration or parable that Jesus had spoken in Luke is to remind us that we can’t go back to our old ways of life. As the dog returns to his own vomit, as Christ-follower, we can’t afford to go back to our old sinful ways.