“For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these
countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own
land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a
new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from
your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not
self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to
do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in
the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God”
(Ezekiel 36:24-28, The Message)!
This morning I consider my
stony heart. Oh, I hadn't thought it was stony and hard, but as I pray
and seek the Lord, I discover there are areas that are hard and need to
be broken. He strips away the layers to reveal what I need to face and
allow the Holy Spirit to renew.
What is found in a stony heart? Have you ever had sudden emotions like
anger or jealousy or bitterness rise up that darken you walk with the
Lord? If we are honest, we all have. Feelings that I thought were
buried with His sacrifice suddenly spring up. He wants me to have a new
heart that is His and not mine. He wants to put His Spirit in me 100%
of the time so that my self-willed heart is broken. He wants to give me
a heart of spiritual flesh that He can mold.
It hurts to be
molded, prodded, and changed. But I want to be what He desires. I want
my heart to be tender for Him. I want the areas that are hard to be soft
and yielding to His Spirit. I want to discover the freedom in Him that
comes with the presence of His Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17). I am
willing to face the pain so that I might be healed.
make myself vulnerable to Him. He promises to bring me back from the
exile of a hardened heart, and restore me completely in Him! My heart
is renewed, and I rejoice in His victory over what would destroy my walk
with Him. It is not the outward that destroys, but that of a hardened
heart that has not allowed His Spirit to renew.
As always He gives me a great promise. It is the best He can give me. I will be His. And He will be mine. Completely.