Having a Change of Heart Part 1




1 John 3:20 AMPC Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].

Introduction

Last week we exposed the four primary enemies of the heart—four life-blocking agents that become lodged in the heart/soul of a person, poisoning our relationships, our faith, and our character. These agents/ habits unchecked produce strongholds that are designed to bring confusion and death. Today we will discover that in matters of the heart, God doesn’t just want to heal. He brings a complete change of heart!

#1 Guilt: I owe you!

#2 Anger: You owe me!

#3 Greed: I owe me!

#4 Jealousy: God owes me!

Confronting the four enemies of a healthy heart: Turning on the light!

Read Romans 3:23-24 AMPC


#1 The Light that frees the heart from the oppressive power of guilt is confession.


This is not the type of confession that is just a simple admission to what was done wrong that eases your conscience temporarily but does nothing to expose the deeper secrets we carry.

  • Without a true revelation, “confession” can become a tool that facilitates our sin instead of ending it.

The English definition of confession is to admit to or acknowledge something. But in the Scriptures, confession is associated with change.


Read 1 John 1:9 AMPC


Confession is just one step in a sequence of steps that lead the guilty out of the darkness and into the light; it’s simply the beginning of a process that ultimately leads to a change in perspective and then behavior.


Unresolved relationships, debts that have been neglected, apologies never made—these are things God will eventually lead us to own and resolve.


Read Numbers 5:6-7 AMPC


Biblically True Confession is clearly connected with repentance, restitution, and restoration.


Biblically overcoming guilt was not about feeling better about yourself. It was about making things right with the one you sinned against with interest!


Read Luke 19:5-10 AMPC


“Zacchaeus didn’t just admit to his sins of the past, he took public responsibility for them.”


Read James 5:15-16 AMPC


Confession breaks the death grip of guilt and sets us free to embrace the future God has for us without dragging around the dead bones of the past.


Making it right with the first person you wronged opens the door to healing, deliverance, and freedom from guilt and condemnation that flows into your life and all your relationships!


Read Psalms 51:1-13 NLT

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