Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” (John1:47). What Jesus utters in this instance has huge and far-reaching implications on how we can view ourselves and our hearts. The key which unlocks the verse is the meaning of Nathanael. It means “Gift of God; God has given.” The Father who gives only perfect and good gifts has provided every new creation with a new heart. Listen carefully now: There is no deceit in that heart! It is perfect! We become true “Israelites” by the circumcision of the heart, that is, receiving a new heart given by our Father as a most tremendous gift.
There is not one thing wrong with our heart! In fact it has never been (Psalm 139:14). Our problem was only the spirit of error guiding it, and now the Spirit of Truth makes ALL about our heart right! The circumcision of the heart also refers to the cutting off of the spirit of error. There is no deceit in that new circumcised heart whatsoever. God is almighty and omnipresent, but curiously there is one thing He cannot do: He cannot lie! And thus neither can we!
What else is cut off when the spirit of error is cut off? One thing for sure is that that consciousness which says I can do it is eliminated when the deceiver no longer runs us. However, we do not get there immediately, but after our Romans 7 experience we begin to see the total truth of who we are and that this consciousness in reality was cut off when we came to Christ, but we are tricked into believing that we have such a consciousness. It is like our mind/consciousness is slowly being unwrapped as the old grave clothes are removed.
The psalmist wrote: Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). We do not delight ourselves in the Lord by self-effort, that is, whipping up the “right” feelings! God is not a feeling! We delight ourselves in the Lord, because we are His and we recognize this fact by faith. Simple as that! Every desire that wells up in us is HIS! We can totally trust all our desires and wants! God doesn’t play with us! He will personally fulfill every one of them!!!
As we mature in the things of God and His ways, we come to understand and separate our deep spirit/Spirit desires from how they sometimes ‘feel.’ For instance feeling love for another human in no way means that I get involved in an illicit relationship, but it is God’s “love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit” for the other’s good. When we begin to see this we come to understand that we are involved in a very powerful intercession for that person!
At last we must get it clear that our heart never condemns us! Only the tempter condemns us! When we believe his lies we fall into condemnation and think it is us. That is a most real trap until light comes and reveals his lies. To think that our heart condemns us belongs to our childhood stage, but as we mature we see its perfection in totality!