â€œSO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE; IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM; MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM.â€ Genesis 1:27.Â Think about that!Â God created us to have His likeness.Â He put a heart in us that was like His heart.Â So what happened?Â Why is it now necessary for God to give us a new heart?Â Because Adam and Eve yielded to temptation and allowed Satan to spoil Godâ€™s creation with evil. Now, the heart is described as deceitfully wicked until God creates a new heart in those who accept Jesus as Savior.
We have learned that there is a God-shaped emptiness or hole in the heart of every man.Â Only God can fill that hole.Â Only when the Holy Spirit dwells in our heart do we know the heart of God.Â In Acts 13:22, David is described as â€œa man after My own heart, who will do all My willâ€. Are we men and women after the heart of God? Do we allow Him to dictate the desires of our heart?
â€œAS THE DEER PANTS FOR THE WATER BROOKS, SO PANTS MY SOUL FOR YOU, O GODâ€.Â Psalm 42:1.Â We yearn for God.Â We find peace and contentment only when our heart belongs to Him.Â Only when we love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind. God created us to belong to Him.Â All of our adoration and worship belong to Him.
One day we will be the image of God again.Â I John 3: 2: â€œBELOVED, NOW WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD; AND IT HAS NOT YET BEEN REVEALED WHAT WE SHALL BE, BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE IS REVEALED, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS.â€ What a glorious day that will be!
In the meantime, we should keep in the Bible, stay steadfast in prayer and keep our hearts in tune with God.Â Our prayer should be that every day we will grow more and more like Jesus.
GIVE ME A LOVE THAT KNOWS NO ILL; GIVE ME THE GRACE TO DO THY WILL.Â PARDON AND CLEANSE THIS SOUL OF MINE; GIVE ME A HEART LIKE THINE.
COME TO MY SOUL, BLESSED JESUS. HEAR ME, OH SAVIOUR DIVINE! OPEN THE FOUNTAIN AND CLEANSE ME; GIVE ME A HEART LIKE THINE.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Homer A. Rodeheaver