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A Changed Heart

The Heart God Revives ~ Adapted from an article by Nancy Leigh Demoss

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, Oh God, thou wilt not despise. - Psalm 51:17

As you consider these things, pray and confess prideful attitudes and ask God to revive your heart and make you a broken person

Proud people...  (for confession not condemnation) Broken people...  (for God's transforming not my reforming)

focus on the failures of others.

are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need.

have a critical, fault-finding spirit; look at everyone else's faults with a microscope, but their own with a telescope. are compassionate; can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven.
are self-righteous; look down on others. esteem all others better than themselves.
have an independent, self-sufficient spirit. have a dependent spirit; recognize their need for others.
have to prove they are right. are willing to yield the right to be right.
claim rights; have a demanding spirit. yield their rights; have a meek spirit.
are self-protective of their time, their rights, and their reputation. are self-denying.
desire to be served and to be a success. are motivated to serve others, be faithful and make others a success.
have a drive to be recognized and appreciated. have a sense of their own unworthiness; are thrilled that God would use them at all.
are wounded when others are promoted and they are overlooked. are eager for others to get the credit and rejoice when others are lifted up.
feel confident in how much they know. are humbled by how much they have to learn.
are self-conscious. are not concerned with self at all.
keep others at arms' length and are quick to blame others. are willing to risk getting close to others, take the risks of loving intimately, accept personal responsibility, and can see where they are wrong in a situation.
are unapproachable or defensive when criticized. receive criticism with a humble, open spirit.
are concerned with being respectable, with what others think; work to protect their own image and reputation. are concerned with being real; what matters to them is not what others think but what God knows; are willing to die to their own reputation.
find it difficult to share their spiritual. are willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs.
want to be sure that no one finds out when they have sinned; their instinct is to cover up. once broken, don't care who knows or who finds out; are willing to be exposed because they have nothing to lose.
have a hard time saying "I was wrong; will you forgive me?": are quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary.
tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin. are able to acknowledge specifics when confessing their sin.
are concerned about the consequences of their sin. are grieved over the cause, the root of their sin.
are remorseful over their sin, sorry that they got caught. are truly, genuinely repentant over their sin, evidenced in the fact that they forsake that sin.
wait for the other to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or conflict in a relationship. take the initiative to be reconciled when there is a misunderstanding or conflict in relationships; they race to the cross; they see if they can get there first, no matter how wrong the other may have been.
compare themselves with others and feel worthy of honor. compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy.
don't think they have anything to repent of. realize they have need of a continual heart attitude of repentance.
don't think they need revival, but are sure that everyone else does. continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit.
are blind to their true heart condition. walk in the light.


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