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Reset the Heart

Ezekiel 18:31

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.

RayMcDI remember playing arcade games in a real arcade. There was an arcade game room across from the old Sears Store in the old Parole Shopping Center in Annapolis MD. I went there from time to time and had the Pac Man pattern memorized. I could play for a long time on one quarter – all afternoon on a dollar. I could rack up the Cherries – Strawberries – Oranges – Apples – and Melons with ease. It got a little harder when I moved to the Galaxian Bosses – Bells and Keys – but I would keep going – screen pacmanafter screen. Crowds would gather around to watch as I gobbled Pac dots and power dots. I routinely would capture all for ghosts after hitting a power dot. Ever remember playing arcade games or computer games? I had one of the original Atari sets and played some of the most basic games.

One thing we might all have wished for – from time to time – was a reset button. Being able to reset a game from the start or from just before we saw Game Over – would have been great. Occasionally I play some games that came with my iPad and the great thing about them is you can reset them and start all over with new statistics and a new game.

I write numerous articles and posts on the heart. I’m convinced that Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of one’s heart. So naturally I am drawn to passages and teachings about the heart (not the blood pumping organ of course but rather the inner being – the soul). The heart is essential in following Christ. We have seen several scriptures over the last few weeks that call us to a changed heart.

Todays passage talks about resetting the heart – it talks about cleaning the heart of all filth – all sin. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Ezekiel 18:25–32 – 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

We are called to rid ourselves of our sin – of our offenses and evil ways. We are called to repent and to reset our hearts. I pray we do this each and every day as we strive to follow after the example of Christ our Lord!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

October 26, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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