DEVOTION: A Heart Transformed

God writes the Word on your heart, not in your heart. It’s up to you to break up the stony ground and get it in your heart.

Rabbi Greg Hershberg

Jeremiah 31:33 ESV “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

The promise of the New Covenant is the law of God written on our hearts. The law will not be written on our heart that was inclined to sin before our conversion, but God will give us a new heart with His law written on it.

Ezekiel 11:19 ESV “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

The prophets wrote these verses to Israel, but they describe redemption’s transformation on each of our hearts. We go from being the enemy of God to a son or daughter of God. Like Abraham, our father, we become God’s friend. So why is it that even after salvation, we can still deal with a heart that strives against God? The answer is found in the parable of the sower; it has to deal with the type of soil we have in our hearts. When we are off the narrow path, the enemy steals the truth from our hearts. If we have rocky soil of anger, unbelief, or mistrust, we can receive the Word joyfully, but we will have no ground to cultivate the truth. Or we may have thorns that choke the truth from taking root1. This is why Scripture tells us to renew our minds with the washing of the water of the Word2.

Psalm 119:9-11 ESV “With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Each of us received a new heart when we were born again. Our heart has been transformed; each day, we decide on following the Word written on our new heart or if we will revert to our old ways. This is why it is essential to follow the psalmist’s admonition to hide the Scripture in our hearts. Make it a priority each day to spend time reading the Bible, commit verses to memory, so you are prepared to defeat temptation when it comes.

James 1:14-15 ESV “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

We defeat sin at the place it begins, and it starts as a temptation, a thought in mind. “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,3

Your heart is new; your mind needs to be renewed. Remind yourself daily of the truth that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus. Engage your mind with the Word of God and defeat every thought that does not adhere to Scripture.


  1. Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
  2. Ephesians 5:26
  3. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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