“As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day.”

1 Samuel 10:9 NLT

Many people have the desire to head in a new direction, but to do so there has to be a change of heart. There is greatness over your life, but your heart has to be right for it to manifest. Before God does something new around you, he has to do something new in you.

The Israelites wanted what every nation had around them – a king. Even though God had miraculously led them for many decades they wanted what others had. God was disappointed but gave them what they wanted. He selected a tall man out of a small tribe. As a matter of fact, Saul couldn’t wrap his mind around the idea of the new thing God wanted to do that involved him.

“Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?””

1 Samuel 9:21 NLT

When Saul finally accepted God’s call, the Bible says he got ready to leave and when he turned to leave God made his heart new!

There’s a turning point in your life where if your community is going to get better, if your family is going to get honor, and God is going to get the glory your heart has to be made new! We know Saul’s heart was made new because:

  1. He started prophesying. It was so startling to see Saul prophesying that someone asked, “Is Saul now amongst the prophets?” When your heart is new, new things come out of your mouth. You begin to speak possibilities instead of doom and gloom. You stop being stuck in the past when your heart is new.
  2. You remain humble but you come out of hiding. Saul had been anointed to lead but his insecurities made him want to hide. When God changes your heart you have to come out of hiding to serve.
  3. When God changes your heart you become so sensitive to the plight of your people you are moved to fight for your people. When Saul heard the whole town crying because the enemy was going to gouge out the right eye of every person Saul got angry. He got so angry he cut up his oxen and sent a piece to every tribe. This was a financial sacrifice followed by action. If he didn’t go out and fight the financial sacrifice was just an act of futility. He said, “If you don’t fight with me this is what is going to happen to you financially!”

Because Saul left in obedience, God gave him a new heart to do a new thing. If you are going to lead your people out of recession, depression, and oppression you are going to have to let God give you a new heart.

Dear God,

I’m ready for the new thing you are going to do in me so that I can change what’s around me. My mission is to empower my people to know You through life changing experiences from the inside out! The new thing starts with me. Renew the right spirit within me and restore the joy of my salvation. 

In Jesus’ Name,