He hears many naming the name of Christ, yet they have not departed from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19); from such he turns away. He studies the Word of God and is not ashamed to embrace it in all its teachings. A boldnes has come with his freedom; he is not ashamed to speak of those things which he has seen and heard and experienced (Acts 4:20).
This new heart sees its need of continued cleansing, praying with the psalmist of old, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me” (Psalm 139:23,24).
The Holy Spirit purges the branches of this heart, removing that which hinders it, that more of the precious fruit many be born (John 15:2). It submits to the cleansing work, knowing that without Christ, it can do nothing.
His crucified and risen Lord is ever before him, high and lifted up. Christ is his chief joy, and he seeks to please Him who has given him a new life.
This heart has confidence in the keeping power of God. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, And I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto the eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hands” (John 10:27,28). As long as he will continue to hear and follow the Shepherd he is save. Even Satan cannot remove him from God’s hand.
He is instructed to watch and pray because Satan will tempt him with his former lusts and desires. Sometimes Satan comes as a roaring lion to try to overpower him; at other times he tries to seduce him as an angel of light. If he accepts Satan’s suggestions he will lead him away from the Shepherd. Satan’s aim is to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. However, as this heart submits to God and resists the devil, Satan must flee. As this heart listens to the Shepherd’s voice and follows Him, he is safe.


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