by Lynette Woods
All Scripture references are from The Amplified Bible
A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. Ezekiel 36:26,27
Seeing that we need to receive "spiritual organ transplants" came when a friend shared with me a dream in which she saw herself lying in a morgue and her organs were being taken out of her body and destroyed. She knew that her mouth and speaking were part of what was being dealt with and she was told that this was the last thing to change.
This dream spoke to me about our needing to be dead to ourselves so that God can replace or transplant His life into us. We become the shell or vessel through whom He lives His Life. We need to allow God to do some life-changing surgery on us and give us some vital organ transplants:
Heart transplant - to give us our Father’s heart, to feel what He feels.
Brain transplant - to give us the mind and character of Christ.
Lung transplant - to have our life and breath from His Spirit.
Stomach transplant - to change our appetites and desires to be His.
The heart transplant is given to change our motivations to be those of God. The brain transplant is to give us the mind of Christ who is the Head of the body, to change our thoughts, thinking and speaking to be in line with His. The lung transplant is our very life or breath - the Holy Spirit, whose name means breath, wind or spirit (Ruach in Hebrew and Pneuma in Greek).
Without the stomach, the body wouldn’t receive the nourishment it needs to survive. Therefore, it is vitally important what we feed ourselves with. If we have no appetite or desire for God; we may well die. We need to have a stomach transplant so that we have a healthy appetite for God and feed much upon the Bread of Life, Jesus Himself and drink deeply of His life giving water. However... before these transplants can be given, we need to be gutted. The old organs must be taken out and destroyed before the new can be given, another picture of dying to self. We are then just a shell or temple or vessel in which the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can take complete residence.
Many may have the lung transplant where the Holy Spirit gives us Life, but not so many carry on to have the vital heart and brain surgery! To have the heart and character of God is vital. Without this we may have the unction of the Holy Spirit (lungs/breath) and we may have the power of Jesus with the mind of Christ (brain) but there must also be the love, righteousness and integrity of God in our character and heart in order to correctly and fully represent God. If we are moving in power without the necessary love (heart transplant), we are as NOTHING! If I can speak in the tongues of men and even of angels, but have not love, I am only a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have sufficient faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me), I am nothing; a useless nobody. 1 Corinthians 13:1,2
If we have not had a heart transplant there is a very real danger that any power or gifting that is upon our lives, will actually cause us to glory in what God is doing in and through us. The danger with this is simply pride. The opposite of pride is humility and when our own selfish heart has been dealt a death blow, God can then replace it with a heart full of love and humility which would not for one minute consider taking even an ounce of the glory which is due to God simply because of how much that God-given heart loves the Father and is jealous for Him to receive all that is rightly His!
The glory which will be seen in us as a result is from the Father anyway; it is He in us being revealed and shown! Jesus said, I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very self, and I will continue to make You known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them, felt in their hearts, and that I Myself may be in them. (I pray) that they may be one, just as You, Father are in Me and I in You, so that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are one: I in them and You in Me in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them even as You have loved Me. John 17:26,21-23. The glory, love, power and anointing from our Father in the person of His Son is given firstly to delight His heart and to give Him more glory, and secondly to cause the world to believe.
Unless we have had this heart transplant, we will be in danger of falling into pride and taking some of God’s glory for ourselves. This love is something we desperately need to pursue, Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire this love, make it your aim, your great quest. 1 Corinthians 14:1. There is a cost in receiving the heart of the Father which is reflected in not only losing yourself (your heart is the center of who you are and if it no longer is; then you no longer are!), but also in identifying with Him so that what He feels, we feel in some small measure. This is truly being one with God, to have His heart, life, and mind in us and for us to be completely lost in Him - we are hidden in Him and He is revealed and shown through us! For you have died, and your new, real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3.
We must not be satisfied with just one of these transplants. I don’t know an awful lot about anatomy, but I do know that all these major organs must be functioning well for a body to survive! The brain is absolutely essential, the heart is essential, the lungs are essential and the stomach is essential.
When we allow God to transform us, we can expect to be different from the status quo. These organ transplants will change you! We often acknowledge that yes, God is a creative God and He has made everyone different, but when it boils down to the nitty gritty, we usually expect everyone to be the same and question or judge those who are different; often without realizing it! Usually due to our own insecurity, we try to be like other people so we feel part of them and accepted. However, God is a very diverse and creative God! He cannot be put in a box and often His creations cannot be put into boxes either. He has made us all so totally different physically, right down to our eyes and thumb prints, let alone in our personalities and the different ways in which He may choose to use us. We certainly cannot say "Eye I don't need you" or "Foot I don't need you" because we are all part of One (1 Cor 12:14-30). It is this One that we keep our eyes fixed on, losing sight of ourselves and others, and "Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher"!
Cast away from you all your transgressions by which you have transgressed against Me, and make you a new mind and heart and a new spirit. For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord God. Therefore turn, be converted and live! Ezekiel 18:31,32