Cross Pointe Church

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Duluth, GA 30097

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A New Heart

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“I will give you a new heart, and a new Spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 36:26

In 2009, Bridget was living the life of a normal toddler.  Then one day, her mom began to sense that something was wrong… Bridget just didn’t seem right.  So she took her to her pediatrician.  Within hours, Bridget was being transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.

Her parents’ worst nightmare came true when Bridget was diagnosed with a virus that had attacked her heart.  After a month in the hospital, she went home on medication to hopefully kill the virus that was destroying her healthy 2-year-old heart.  Four months later Bridget turned blue, her mom called 911, and she was re-admitted to the hospital. 

The doctors soon determined there was only option…a new heart.  This virus could not be killed with medication.  Her only hope of survival was to remove her infected heart and replace it with a healthy one.  She was placed at the top of the donor list and in 6 weeks, she was given a new heart.  Eight days later, she walked out of the hospital a healthy little girl.  She is now 5 years old and thriving.

There were over 3,500 heart transplants performed worldwide in 2009.  Little Bridget was one of them.  For 3,500 families, this was the light at the end of a dark tunnel.  But for the 3,500 families of the heart donors, it was tragedy. Death had to occur in order for new life to be given.

Ezekiel 36:26 is a prophecy of the New Covenant in Christ.  Man’s spiritual condition has much in common with little Bridget’s physical one.  Our hearts are sick… attacked and ravaged by an ugly virus called sin.  The religious medicine of outward actions cannot cure us.  We need a new heart, a healthy heart that is without sin.  There is only one suitable donor for such a heart.  His name is Jesus Christ.  And through His sacrifice of death on the cross, we can have new life in Him. 

Many people try to cure their hearts with something other than Jesus.  They may know that something just doesn’t seem right… unaware, as Bridget and her parents were, that it is a matter of life and death.  There is only one way to spiritual healing, and that is a new heart.  The price has been paid—we must simply receive Christ by faith and allow Him to give us a new heart.

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross in my place so that I might have a relationship with God.  I know that without You, there is no cure for my sin and no hope for eternal life.  Thank you for giving me a new heart and the Holy Spirit.  Help me to please You and show others the way to You today.  Amen.

Chosen Child

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“You are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7

Christ-followers have gone from slaves to sons…from rebellious sinners to chosen children. And as God’s children, we are heirs of the Most-High God.  A slave must obey… a son may choose to obey out of love and honor for his father. As children of God, it is our privilege to obey our Father. Because He has freed us from slavery and made us His very own children, we are co-heirs with Christ. 

An heir is someone who is given a possession through the right of sonship.  But what is it that Christians possess through sonship? We are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17). We are heirs of God’s promise (Galatians 3:29).  We are heirs of eternal life (Titus 3:7). We are heirs of the gracious gift of life (1 Peter 3:7). And we are heirs of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7). God has graciously lavished on us His inheritance; and we are blessed beyond measure.

However, with great blessing comes great responsibility. “Free” does not mean lawless.  God has redeemed us from the curse of the law (death) because we were flawed, not the law. The law was good…man just could not fully keep it. And full obedience is what righteousness required.  As sons and daughters, though, we are free to obey God through the power of His Spirit who lives in and through us… moving us to obey.

This does not mean we will always keep God’s commands perfectly—but it does mean that we will desire to try.  It means that there is no condemnation when we fail.  God has chosen to punish His perfect Son, a lamb without blemish, for our transgressions so that we can stand in His presence as righteous, holy children.  Obedience now flows out of grace, not fear of punishment. We are sons, not slaves. We no longer have to strive to earn God’s favor through obedience, but are free to love God through obedience.  Now that’s what I call freedom!

Holy Father, All Your ways are good.  Your Word is flawless.  I know Your commands are for my good. I desire to obey You with a grateful heart.  Thank You for Your Spirit, who gives me the power to obey You. Thank You for freeing me from slavery and making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Forgetful and Focused

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One of the first lessons we learn as children is to always watch where we are going.  It’s dangerous not to.  The same is true spiritually. 

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”  Philippians 3:13

Have you ever tried to run forward while looking backward?  If so, you likely fell down or bumped into something.  One of the first lessons we learn as children is to always watch where we are going.  It’s dangerous not to.  The same is true spiritually. 

 While our eyes cannot see Jesus, our hearts can.  The problem is that our minds try to hijack our hearts, pulling us towards past mistakes, disappointments, betrayals and failed attempts.  The flesh whispers, “What’s the use?” into the ears of the heart, tempting us to give up and settle for a mediocre and ineffective relationship with Christ…robbing us of the abundant life that is ours in Christ.

But God reminds us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians that giving up is not an option.  Have we failed in the past?  Of course we have.  We have messed up and broken promises and said one thing and done another…but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.  We have a risen Savior who has given us the power and the opportunity to repent and do things differently.  He became sin and tasted death for us, conquering both when He rose from the grave. In Him there is always hope!

 “Repent” means to turn from one thing to another…from sin to Jesus Christ.  Paul says he forgets the past and strains towards the future.  If you are stuck in the past, it is time to turn the eyes of your heart forward and let go in faith.  Focus on God’s goodness and grace.  If there is unconfessed sin in your past, repent and turn to Jesus.

I truly believe that if we could see into the spiritual realm…if we could see what lies ahead for us in Christ, forgetting the past and focusing on the prize would not be hard at all. But since we cannot see with physical eyes, we must trust the Word of God and the promises contained in it.  We don’t have to fear the past or the future. After all, we are running in, through, for, and towards the One who holds all things together.   

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross.  I know that without the shedding of Your blood my sins could not be forgiven.  Because I have forgiveness, I am able to let go of past mistakes, hurts and disappointments. Help me to remember today that my hope is in You alone.  It is in Your name I pray.  Amen. 

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