9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is? — Jeremiah 17:9 NLT
We are all very familiar with this verse from Jeremiah. Since this verse is true and God says that He will give us the desires of our hearts, how do we reconcile the two verses? As is usual, there are very few verses in the Bible that stand alone and these verses are examples of this. The verse from Jeremiah is describing the heart that we are born with. Those hearts belong to the master of sin and only desire those things that please the flesh. So, to reconcile these verses, we need to have a change of heart. We find a clue to God’s solution to the enigma in a passage in Ezekiel. This is an Old Testament verse that points to a future event.
26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. — Ezekiel 36:26, 27 NLT
Before Jesus died, He made a promise to us to send a Comforter and a guide to lead us into all truth. After He arose and ascended, He sent us His Spirit as promised in Ezekiel and by Jesus Himself. Once we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts. It is at that point, that the reformation of the heart begins. We now bow to a new master, Jesus Christ. Our heart is changed so that the desires of our hearts are now pleasing to God. First, He gives us a new heart with new desires and then He can give us what our hearts desire. The heart is new, but the reformation does not come overnight. It takes a lifetime of mortifying the flesh and when we come to the end of our life as a human, we will still be fighting that battle.